Wilson up to joint-sixth

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

Kirton rider Ben Wilson rode to seventh and fourth-place finishes in the penultimate round of the British Supersport championship at Silverstone over the weekend.

His 22-points haul moved him up to joint-sixth place in the rider standings on 165 points.

Qualifying didn’t quite go to plan for the Lincolnshire rider as every time he went for a fast lap he was hindered by slower riders on cornering, but he persevered and completed the session in ninth place.

Wilson got away to a rapid start and was up to fifth place on the first lap, then on lap three he moved ahead of Jake Dixon.

But with riders jostling for position Wilson was pushed back to sixth on lap four.

He lost another place on lap seven but remained in close contact with the riders ahead and completed the race in seventh for nine championship points.

Starting the feature race on Sunday from the second row, Wilson once again got a good start and was up to fourth on the opening lap.

But the course car was brought onto the track to allow marshals to clear the track from a two-rider crash.

Newly-crowned champion Luke Stapleford pulled out with a mechanical problem, promoting Wilson to third place.

Once the course car left the track Jake Dixon took advantage, demoting Wilson to fourth place after which Dixon promptly crashed.

Sam Hornsey moved into third place and, although Wilson cut inside him on lap five, he ran wide and couldn’t make the move stick.

“I was more happy this week, the Kawasaki ran very well and, although I was unable to catch the two leaders, I was closer to them than in the last few races,” Wilson said.

“I did think I could make the podium but just couldn’t quite do it, but I will take fourth as its my best result this year.”

Wilson is now equal on points with Andy Reid in sixth position.

The final round takes place at Brands Hatch over the weekend of October 16-18.