Wilson claims pair of points finishes

Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson rode to seventh and eighth-place finishes in round seven of the British Supersport championship at Thruxton over the weekend.

Those results saw him pick up 17 championship points, taking his total to 83 and placing him 11th in the overall rider standings.

Wilson had gone well during free practice but, when it came to the solitary qualifying session, the pace had quicker and he completed the session in 10th position.

Starting Saturday’s 12-lap sprint race from the fourth row, the Kirton rider moved up to sixth on the second lap when he overtook his Kawasaki teammate Glenn Irwin, but one lap later Irwin was back in front.

On lap six Wilson was relegated down to eighth when Luke Hedger managed to get past him and, although the action was close, Wilson was unable to progress further and completed the 12 laps in eighth place.

The second race was a close and exciting affair and, although Wilson did not have the pace of the leader, Luke Stapleton, he was able to remain in touch with the rest of the front runners.

He managed to get up to seventh place mixed in with a large group of riders, but on lap nine of 18 he had a huge out of seat moment at the fastest part of the track.

Any other rider would have been scuttled into the gravel but Wilson is a quality and experienced rider who managed to hold the bike upright, although he did lose a place to ninth.

After regaining his rhythm he set about chasing and passing Kyle Ryde on lap 16 and was sixth in a group of eight riders all challenging for second place.

The action was heart stoppingly close and, when James Rispoli crashed on the penultimate lap, Wilson was promoted to seventh.

He managed to hold his line through the club chicane but was mugged on the rush to the line by Jake Dixon and crossed the finish line in eighth place.

But Sam Hornsey was penalised for overtaking under the yellow flag and demoted from sixth to eighth which promoted Wilson to seventh.

“Until I had my wobble I thought I could maybe get into a podium position,” Wilson said.

“I can tell you it’s no fun running over your foot at 140mph which is what happened.

“But we finished both races and I was nearer to the front of the field than I have been for a while so it’s looking promising for Cadwell.”

The next round is at Cadwell Park but not the usual Bank Holiday meeting, the British Superbike round has been moved forward a week to make room on the race calendar for the MotoGP round at Silverstone and so the Lincolnshire meeting will be held over the weekend of August 21-23.