Ben Wilson moves up to second in British Supersport title chase

Ben Wilson.
Ben Wilson.

BEN Wilson rode to a brace of second places in round three of the 2012 Motorpoint British Supersport Championship at Oulton Park, to move up to second place in the rider standings.

After qualifying in fifth place, the 30-year-old rider, from Kirton, began Sunday’s sprint race from a second-row grid position and shot off the start line to take up third place behind championship leader Jack Kennedy and Sam Warren.

The three riders were all circulating in close company, with Wilson edging nearer with each passing lap.

In an effort to catch the leader, Wilson set the fastest lap of the race and set a new lap record of 1m 38.515s – 97.43mph.

Warren took the lead but, on the final lap, made a mistake at Lodge and both Kennedy and Wilson took advantage to push him back to third place at the chequered flag.

The feature race on Monday was a close-run affair with the top eight riders all circulating within a second.

Wilson set off from pole position and got the hole shot into Old Hall.

He held a slender lead for the first five laps before being overhauled by Kennedy at Lakeside on lap six.

Richards pushed him back to third on lap nine of the scheduled 16 and the top-eight riders were still all together.

The action was so close that any one of eight could secure the win. One lap later, Wilson moved ahead of Kennedy into second place and was lining up Richards for the lead when an accident further down the field caused the race to be stopped and a result declared on positions at the end of lap 10.

Wilson was awarded second place which gave him 20 championship points and elevated him up to second place in the rider standings – just 9.5 points away from series leader Jack Kennedy.

“Going into the last corner I got alongside Glen and Jack and thought about passing both of them but knowing we had a few more laps left to race I settled for just passing the one,” he reflected.

“In hindsight, with the red flag coming out if I had taken the two I would have won the race.

“Oh well that’s racing.

“This result is great for the team as we have had some problems this weekend but we have worked together and overcome them, scored two good solid results and claimed a lap record as well.”

The next round is at Snetterton over the weekend of May 25-27.