Highs and lows for British Supersport rider Ben Wilson at Oulton Park

Wilson at Oulton. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Wilson at Oulton. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson tasted both highs and lows at Oulton Park in the British Supersport Championships... with a podium finish and engine failure.

This means the Kirton track ace - who also recorded a lap record - remains in third spot after round seven.

Wilson notched up yet another podium finish when he rode to a strong third place in the sprint race, but his hopes of adding another top result to his tally were dashed when he was forced out of the feature race on Sunday with an engine failure while holding third place.

Qualifying went well for the Gearlink Kawasaki rider and he began Saturday’s 10-lap sprint race from a front row grid position in third place.

As the lights went out, Wilson catapulted through to lead the field through the first two laps but was overtaken by his teammate Alastair Seeley at Lodge corner on lap three.

As they went round Old Hall, Stuart Easton pushed him back to third.

And although he stayed with the leading duo, he was unable to make a pass and completed the race in third place.

However, in an effort to catch the leaders, Wilson recorded a new lap record with a time of 1 min 38.806 secs (99.08mph), and that gave him pole position for the feature race on Sunday

“We all went for the same tyre in that race, but I think I maybe worked mine a little bit harder than the others,” Wilson said.

“But third is not a bad result for me considering that last time we were here back in May I was unable to start the first race, and then was placed on the back of the grid for race two.

“I recorded the fastest lap again today and have been told it’s a new lap record, not bad on a worn tyre.

“Gearlink Kawasaki have put a fantastic bike under me this weekend and that’s been proved with another podium finish here today.”

The feature race was an exciting and close affair, with Wilson starting from pole and taking up second place behind Jason O’Halloran.

Seeley and Billy McConnell joined in the fun and, after holding third place for much of the race, Wilson was forced to retire when his back wheel locked up, causing him to run off down the escape road at Hizzy’s chicane, his race over.

Wilson added: “That was a really good, close race and anyone of us could have taken the win.

“I knew where I was strong and where I intended to make my move but the engine let go and that was that.

“It’s a shame but that’s how it goes sometimes. I will come back stronger for the next race in two week’s time.”

The next round is at Wilson’s home-track, Lincolnshire’s Cadwell Park over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 24-26.