Wilson claims a brace of sixth-place finishes

Ben Wilson at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson rode to a brace of sixth places at Brands Hatch over the weekend in round two of the British Supersport Championship.

It is enough to see him move to fifth in the rider standings on 40 points.

“The Brands Hatch Indy circuit is so short and twisty, with very few passing places,” Wilson said.

“The pace was awesome with the leaders riding well under lap record pace.

“I was relatively happy to come away from such a competitive circuit with two sixth place finishes and look forward to the next round to try to better that.”

Free practice and qualifying saw Wilson in 13th place to start Saturday’s Sprint race from a fifth-row grid position.

But as the lights went out he made a fantastic start and was up into sixth by the time they rounded Paddock Hill Bend.

He dropped a place to seventh where he remained for the first two laps before moving ahead of Sam Hornsey to take up sixth position.

But on lap nine he ran wide at Druids which let Hornsey slip back through, leaving Wilson to follow as the three riders just ahead battled it out for fourth place.

However, on the final lap James Rispoli crashed at Clearways, gifting him sixth place at the chequered flag.

Wilson started the feature race on Sunday from an improved position in the middle of the third row and moved into sixth place as the lights went out.

On lap nine he passed Rispoli and held fifth position until lap 14 when Rispoli managed to make a move on him.

The 33-year-old rider from Kirton was overtaken by Danny Webb and Bjorn Estment, although he moved back ahead of Webb and maintained his position to the chequered flag to secure sixth place.

The next round takes place at Oulton Park in Cheshire over the May Day Bank Holiday of May 2-4.