AS THE saying goes: “Good things come to those who wait.”
And that legend stands true for Kirton rider Ben Wilson, who hss waited all season to claim his first victory in the British Supersport Championships.
After taking a hard fought fifth place in the first race at Silverstone in the penultimate round of the championship on Saturday, he went on to grab the win in the feature race on Sunday.
“It’s been a long time coming, it’s been a difficult season for us but now we have our first win under our belts we want more,” said Wilson.
“I have to give a massive thanks to my team, Gearlink Kawasaki have worked so hard to get the bike prepared for me this weekend.
“We have struggled all season for one reason or another but it all came together this weekend and we got the result we so desperately wanted.”
After a disappointing qualifying time of 10th, Wilson began Saturday’s sprint race from a third-row grid position.
He got away to a good start and was mixing it with the front runners throughout the nine laps.
The two leaders pulled away, leaving Wilson to battle it out with Billy McConnell and Graeme Gowland for the final podium place.
Ben held third place for a while but was beaten back in the drag to the flag and completed the race in fifth place.
All three riders crossed the line together with just four-hundredths of a second separating Billy McConnell and Wilson.
Race two on Sunday was a thriller.
Wilson set off from the second row and got a lightening start, taking up third place at the first corner.
He then moved up to second and then to first with Jack Kennedy and Christian Iddon right in his tyre tracks.
One lap later and it was Kennedy who took control at the front but Ben again shot past him at Stowe corner only for Kennedy to snatch the position at Luffield.
Lap three saw Ben in the lead then mugged by Kennedy, Iddon and Richard Cooper but one lap later he was back up the front.
Six riders were fighting it out for the victory but when Glenn Irwin highsided and crashed the group was split and the top four riders made a break from the rest of the field.
Wilson regained the lead on lap seven of 12 and managed to pull out a 0.8 second gap.
But he was being hunted down by Cooper who was also looking for his first race win.
Cooper tried in vain to pass Ben but he was having none of it and staved off the challenge to cross the finish line with a 0.3 second advantage over Cooper to take his first win of the season.
The season finale is set for Brands Hatch on October 14, when Wilson will be seeking to continue his winning streak and end the season on a high.