BEN Wilson described his Cadwell Park homecoming as a ‘nightmare’.
An engine problem in the opening race proved to be the downfall of his quest for victory on the Louth Circuit on Sunday.
But with a new engine in the Gearlink Kawasaki Supersport machine, he did complete Monday’s second race - albeit in sixth place.
“I am hugely disappointed with what this weekend has had to offer,” he said.
“Not only for me but the team and my friends and family who have come along to support me at my home circuit.
“I have been struggling all weekend with set up and things just have not gone my way.
“Not being able to complete race one was a nightmare, lady luck certainly hasn’t been on my side this year.
“But on a brighter note, at least I have hung on to my fourth place in the rider standings, although that is not where I wanted to be this year.”
Wilson was hoping his home round at Cadwell would prove to be the venue to record his first win of the season, but it wasn’t to be.
Starting the shorter sprint race on Sunday from the middle of the second row, Wilson got away to a good start but encountered problems with the bike from the start and eventually retired to the pits.
Sporting a new engine in the Kawasaki for Monday’s feature race, Ben once again began his campaign from the middle of the second row.
This time he was able to maintain fifth place on the opening lap, but was soon relegated to sixth, and then to seventh as the pace at the front quickened.
But Wilson persevered and eventually overtook Jack Kennedy to take up sixth place.
He was a long way back from the leading group but got his head down and began to reel in Luke Mossey some four seconds ahead.
As the laps went by, the gap reduced and on the final lap he was right with Mossey, who hung on to take the chequered flag just ahead of Wilson.
Billy McConnell was only a 10th of a second ahead of the pair in fourth place, and given another lap Wilson would have probably passed the pair of them.
Wilson has 185 points and is fourth in the rider standings with a comfortable buffer of 30 points ahead of Christian Iddon, who is currently holding fifth place.
The next round is at Donington Park over the weekend of September 7-9.
Wilson will be hoping for a change of luck and a couple of good results from his two races.