Wilson claims two British Supersport podium finishes at Snetterton

Ben Wilson on the Snetterton podium. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson on the Snetterton podium. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson claimed two podium places in the British Supersport championships round at Snetterton this weekend.

The Kirton rider recorded a third and then a second place, which edges him to within striking distance of second place in the overall rider standings after five of 12 rounds of the current campaign.

The two free practice sessions saw Wilson in second and fourth place on Friday, ahead of Saturday qualifying, when he finished in fifth place for a second row start to Saturday’s sprint race.

The times were very close with less than a second covering the top five riders and it was shaping up to be two close and exciting races.

The sprint race took place in sweltering heat at the Norfolk circuit.

But as the lights went out, Wilson was straight up into second place behind his Gearlink Kawasaki team mate Alastair Seeley.

The top three broke away from the pursuing pack, but Wilson soon encountered problems with the Kawasaki which had developed a misfire.

He held onto second place until the penultimate lap, when Luke Mossey managed to overtake him.

But although losing power, Wilson hung onto third place to the chequered flag.

“We had only got four laps into the race when the bike developed a misfire,” Wilson said.

“It dropped power and wouldn’t rev out of the corners, but I managed to bring it home in third place.”

Sunday was another blisteringly hot day and, in front of a massive crowd, Wilson began the feature race from the front row of the grid.

This time he got the hole shot and held the lead during the first lap, but was overhauled by his teammate and then pushed back to third by Sanyo Honda rider Jason O’Halloran.

But O’Halloran was pulled in by officials when the belly pan flew off the bike, and Wilson was back up to second place which he held to the chequered flag.

“I tried to go with Alastair and pushed as hard as I could, but I made a couple of mistakes which dropped me back a bit,” Wilson added. “To be honest, I used up my tyre fairly early and in this temperature you can’t afford to do that.

“Alastair is a smoother rider than me and it does make a difference on this circuit. But it’s a good result for the team getting both of us on the podium each race so it’s a big thank you to my team for putting a great bike under me.£

The 36 points accrued at Snetterton moves Wilson to within five points of Stuart Easton, who holds second place in the standings.

Wilson will return to action at Brands Hatch on July 21.