GOING into the penultimate round of the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport championship at Silverstone, Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson had a healthy lead of 36 points over Alastair Seeley.
But a crash in race one and a technical issue in the second encounter saw his lead disappear and be replaced by a deficit of 14 points.
The weekend had been going well for the 29-year-old rider from Kirton, and he lined up on the front row of the grid alongside Seeley for the start of Saturday’s sprint race.
As the lights went out, Wilson got the hole shot into turn one with Seeley hot on his heels.
The pair entered into yet another monumental battle for the lead.
First Wilson held it, then Seeley, and they exchanged places on nearly every corner.
But as Wilson went to overtake Seeley, a dubious move by the Relentless Suzuki rider on the penultimate lap caused the pair to touch, resulting in Wilson going down at Stowe, his race over.
Luckily, Wilson was uninjured and the bike relatively unscathed and he lined up on row two for Sunday’s feature race.
He got away to a fantastic start passing pole setter Paul Young on the opening lap.
He held his position for the first two laps before being passed by Seeley, who was intent on taking another win.
This time Wilson was involved in a battle with Sam Warren, which held him up and allowed Seeley to get away at the front.
Eventually, Warren pulled out, leaving Wilson to chase after the leader but just as he was making inroads towards his target he encountered a problem with the Gearlink Kawasaki and was forced to retire on lap 10 of 12.
“To say I am gutted would be an understatement,” said Wilson.
“I was on course for the win in the first race and thought I had the line through Stowe.
“Seeley thought otherwise and moved back on me and we clashed.
“There was an enquiry after the race but it was deemed to be a racing incident and the result was to stand.
“Going into the second race I was determined to claw back some of the 25 points lost and after Warren pulled out I was free to chase Seeley who had got a bit of a lead on me.
“I was beginning to reel him in and perhaps could have caught him in the last few laps but lady luck wasn’t on my side and I had to pull out with a technical issue.”