Wilson drops a place in British Supersport Championship following Knockhill problems

Ben Wilson.
Ben Wilson.

THE first win of the season still eludes Ben Wilson as he completed the two races at Knockhill in 11th and fourth place - which drops him down a place in the overall rider standings to fifth spot.

The 30-year-old rider, from Kirton, was optimistic of a couple of good results from the Scottish round of British Supersport championship, as the circuit has always been good to him in the past.

But the Gearlink Kawasaki had been suffering from an electrical problem which hampered his progress in the first race.

This year the grids have been reduced to three to a row and, after qualifying in ninth place, Wilson began the campaign from the third row of the grid.

He got away to a fantastic start, rounding the first corner in fourth position, but he was relegated to fifth before the end of the first lap. The safety car was deployed for an accident further downfield which halted his progress but as the car left the circuit on lap eight Wilson began to lose ground and eventually crossed the finish line in 11th place.

“We had major problems with the bike in race one,” said Wilson.

“And 11th was certainly not the result I either expected or wanted.”

As the 25-lap feature race began on Sunday Wilson didn’t get the start he needed and found himself boxed in down in ninth position on the first lap.

He soon recovered and began to mount a challenge on the riders ahead.

But again his progress was halted when the safety car came out for two laps in the early stages of the race.

Once the race got back underway, Wilson began to move forward and he overhauled Richard Cooper on lap 10 to establish fifth place and then passed Luke Mossey to settle into fourth and begin the chase after Jack Kennedy.

But as he got within striking distance of his target he met Christian Iddon, who was a lap down on the leaders and was about to be lapped by the pair.

He moved aside to let Kennedy through but then moved back on the racing line right in front of Wilson, who was unable to make a pass and had to settle for fourth place.

“I was on for the podium,” he added.

“If I could have got past Iddon I would have caught and passed Kennedy for sure.

“Iddon was a lap down on us and was really only cruising and should not have been on the racing line and subsequently I was denied the podium and the extra points.”

Wilson now drops to fifth in the rider standings on 121 points but is only one point behind Sam Warren who also crashed out of the race.

The next round is at Oulton Park in Cheshire on July 8.

At Oulton back in May, Wilson scored two second places.

A repeat of this could move him right back in contention for a top three place in the rider standings, at what will be the half way stage of the championship.