BEN Wilson is still seeking the elusive first race win of the 2012 season and although he came pretty close with a second place in the first race at Oulton Park, followed by fourth in the feature race on Sunday, he is still unable to move onto the top step of the podium.
Wilson, from Kirton, rides for the Gearlink Kawasaki British Supersport team and Oulton Park is one of his more favoured circuits thus the perfect place to seal his second win of the current campaign.
The weekend began on Friday with free practice curtailed down to just one session due to heavy and persistent rain that made conditions tricky to say the least. But by Saturday morning the rain had abated and Wilson was able to post some quick lap times in qualifying and was to start the 10-lap sprint race later in the day from the head of the second row.
As the race got underway, Wilson was third into Old Hall Bend but was pushed back to finish the lap in fourth position.
He dropped back to sixth on lap four but soon recovered to take up fourth place once again and looked to finish the race in that position. But things took a dramatic turn on the final corner of the last lap when the two leading riders, Glen Richards and Jack Kennedy, collided and crashed out of the race which was subsequently won by Billy McConnell with Wilson finishing in second place.
He said: “It is not the ideal finish to the race but I’ll take the points and hope we can score another podium tomorrow.”
The weather remained fine and dry for the feature race on Sunday and once again Wilson set off from a second row grid position. This time he didn’t get the start he wanted and found himself boxed in at the first corner down in sixth place. But he remained in touch with the leading five riders and eventually made his way past Richard Cooper into fifth position on lap four of 15. The top five riders began to pull clear of the pursuing pack and when Luke Mossey made a mistake at Deer Leap, Wilson pounced and moved ahead. But Mossey retook the position and the pair battled throughout the remainder of the race. The top three riders pulled well clear leaving Wilson and Mossey to squabble over fourth place and as they rounded Lodge for the last time it was Wilson who had his wheel ahead and he held off the challenge on the drag to the flag to take the chequered flag in fourth place.
“I am disappointed I couldn’t make it onto the podium this time,” said Ben. “But on saying that, the points accrued take me back up into fourth place in the overall championship and I have closed the gap between myself and the top three.”
The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of July 20-22 when Wilson will be seeking some top results to move closer to the top of the table.
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