Wet tyres see Ben slip back

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Kirton racer Ben Wilson came away from Brands Hatch on Sunday with one championship point under his belt - not much, but every point counts.

Wilson was competing in the fifth round of the MCE British Superbike championship at the Kent circuit and gradually increased his speed through free practice and qualifying to start the first race from a ninth row grid position.

He powered the Gearlink Kawasaki through to 17th place on the first of 19 laps.

But although he did move forward to 16th on a couple of occasions he fell back to complete the race in 17th place just outside the points.

With grid positions for race two set from the fastest lap in the first encounter, Wilson was able to start the second race from row six.

But the 20-lap affair was red flagged on just the second lap for a crash and a new race declared at an 18-lap distance.

Once again they came under orders, and as the lights went out Wilson got away to a fast start, being 12th at the end of the first lap.

But another crash brought the course car out and at the end of lap two the race was red flagged yet again.

This time it was for rain as the huge black cloud that had been threatening overhead decided it was time to drop its rain on the track.

At the restart, this time and the race reduced to 15 laps, it was hardly raining although it had been declared a wet race.

Wilson got away well and was soon up to 13th, but as the race progressed his wet weather tyres began to wear and he dropped back to complete the race in 15th place.