Ben Wilson finishes fifth in the British Supersport Championships

Ben Wilson at Brands Hatch.
Ben Wilson at Brands Hatch.

BEN Wilson finished his British Supersport Championship campaign with seventh and fifth-placed finishes at Brands Hatch.

The Kirton rider finished with a tally of 259 points, enough for fifth in the overall standings.

“Things havent gone my way this year,” said Wilson, who was second last season.

“I would have liked to have ended the season with a win but it wasn’t to be.

“But I am happy with fifth place overall and also pleased I managed to win at least one race this season.”

Qualifying didn’t go so well for the 30-year-old rider as he took a tumble at Stirlings and was taken to the medical centre for treatment on a nasty gash on his chin.

After a couple of painkilling injections, the gravel that was embedded in the wound was removed with a toothbrush.

Wilson returned to action with three stitches in his chin, but other than that none the worse for the high-speed crash.

Later on Saturday, Wilsonn lined up to begin the sprint race from a third-row grid position.

On the run from Paddock Hill to Druids he took the lead, but fell back to third and then sixth as the course car came onto the track to allow the marshals to deal with a first lap crash.

Once the car left the track, the top seven riders pulled away, with Wilson in sixth - until Richard Cooper overhauled him on lap five of 10.

Although he remained with the leading group, he was unable to make any further progress and crossed the finish line in seventh position.

Because of the fast pace in the first event, Wilson was promoted to the second row in fifth for the start of the final race of the championship.

Once again he got away well and was third into Paddock Hill, but by the time they negotiated Graham Hill Bend, he had lost a couple of places and dropped to fifth, where he remained for the majority of the 18 laps.

Once again he was latched onto the back of the leading group.

But as the race progressed, both he and Graham Gowland fell back from the leaders and entered into their own battle for position.

As they exited Clearways, Wilson was right on Gowland’s back wheel.

But he was unable to make the pass and had to settle for a very close fifth place, crossing the finish line just two-10ths of a second adrift.

Wilson is to remain with Gearlink Kawasaki for 2013.

When the new season begins in April, he will be all fired up and ready to go all out for race wins.