ALTHOUGH unable to extend his run of five successive wins, a third and fourth place at Thruxton over the Bank Holiday weekend was enough for Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson to extend his series lead to a fantastic 58 points after just four of the 12 rounds in the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport championship.
The 29-year-old rider from Kirton was on top form during free practice and qualifying, but just missed out on pole position by 200ths of a second to Jack Kennedy and began race one from second on the gird.
In cloudy but dry conditions, Wilson was quick to get away and moved into first place going into turn one.
He maintained his lead for six of the 12 laps, but was gradually reeled in by a gaggle of riders who were all intent on taking the win for themselves.
There followed an intense battle for position with the lead being exchanged between the five riders throughout the remainder of the race.
Wilson got back in front on the penultimate lap and held it by the narrowest of margins until they powered towards the complex on the final lap.
Billy McConnell pulled out of the slipstream and edged into the lead, Alistair Seeley followed through and Wilson crossed the finish line in third place – with just 0.2 seconds covering the three riders.
“The slipstreaming is just typical of the Thruxton circuit, I could have maybe had a stab back on that last lap but we needed the points to extend our lead in the championship so I am happy with third place,” said Wilson.
Monday’s feature race was held in wet and windy conditions and, having never turned a wheel in the wet this year, Wilson had no idea as to how the bike would perform.
He was third into the first corner but with standing water on parts of the track decided to err on the side of caution and dropped back to sixth place in the early stages.
The race leader Alistair Seeley went out with an electrical problem mid race leaving five riders to battle it out at the front.
But the tricky conditions caught them out and Jack Kennedy went down on lap 12, swiftly followed by Steve Plater and Christian Iddon.
Race control was quick to red flag the race and a result was declared on positions at the end of lap 10.
Wilson had just moved up into third position when the race was called but because the results went back a lap he was awarded fourth place.