Wilson ready to test course’s new lay-out

Action shows Ben taking the chequered flag for his race win at Knockhill - credit Dave Yeomans
Action shows Ben taking the chequered flag for his race win at Knockhill - credit Dave Yeomans

THIS weekend sees the halfway stage of the 2011 Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport championship in which Kirton racer Ben Wilson holds a comfortable 59 point advantage at the top of the rider standings.

Wilson and the Gearlink Kawasaki team head to Snetterton in Norfolk for round six of the series and will be greeted by a new track layout.

Wilson did complete a test at the new circuit prior to the beginning if the season and said: “It’s a fast and flowing circuit with a completely new layout.

“I went well there at the BSB test earlier in the year and am looking forward to riding under race conditions.”

The new circuit has been extended to 2.9689 miles to include a tight hairpin called Montreal and a further four new corners at Agostini, Hamilton, Williams and Oggies before the riders head off down a long straight to rejoin the old track, going through the notorious Bomb Hole and Coram Curve before crossing the finish line.

A new lap record is to be established in each class and you can guarantee that all riders, including Wilson will be looking to claim the record and enter the history books as the first one to put in the fastest lap.

Free practice takes place on Friday with a single qualifying session at 9.50am on Saturday ahead of the 10-lap sprint race at 4.30pm.

Sunday Morning begins with a short warm up session at 10.01am and the 18 lap feature race is set for 3.45pm on Sunday.

l G&S Racing riders Tom Fisher and Jono Howarth are also off to Snetterton for round six of the Superstock 600 and 1000 championships.

Jono Howarth will be anxious to pick up a strong points finish in the Superstock 1000 class to add to his points tally in the overall rider standings while Tom Fisher will be striving to bring home his first set of championship points in the Superstock 600 class.

Snetterton heralds the half way stage of the 2011 championships and both riders are looking forward to testing out the new track which is very fast and flowing with the addition of a tight hairpin to negotiate.

Free practice and qualifying take place over Friday and Saturday ahead of Tom Fisher’s 12-lap Superstock 600 race at noon on Sunday followed by the 14-lap Superstock 1000 race at 5.15pm featuring Jono Howarth.