Wilson completes his campaign in sixth spot

Ben Wilson at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson rode to seventh and fifth-place finishes in his two races at Brands Hatch, where he was competing in the final round of the British Supersport championship on Sunday.

The Kirton rider scored sufficient points to complete his season in sixth place, with a total of 185.

Qualifying was a difficult affair with damp patches and a drying track making tyre choice a problem.

But the 33-year-old managed to complete the session in 10th place to start the first encounter from a fourth row grid position on Saturday.

He got away to a fantastic start and was up to sixth at Paddock Hill on the first lap.

He passed Joe Francis on lap five but the youngster returned the favour one lap later.

Kyle Ryde followed through shortly afterwards, demoting Wilson to seventh.

The race was hectic with anyone of six riders capable of taking the runner-up spot and Wilson was nicely poised to make a move forward when the red flag halted the race because of a few spots of rain.

As the race had passed two thirds distance a result was declared, with Wilson being awarded seventh.

Wilson started the feature race on Sunday from the third row and once again got a good start.

He was up to third and challenging for second on the first of 18 laps and held third place through the first four laps.

He was overtaken by James Rispoli and Glenn Irwin on lap five and maintained fifth place until Kyle Ryde passed him on lap 14 demoting him to sixth place.

One lap later he overtook Rispoli to regain his fifth position but the Kawasaki did not have the power to catch the front runners and he had to be content with fifth place which he held with ease to the chequered flag.

“I was looking at a podium finish to the sprint race,” said Wilson.

“But the red flag put paid to that. “