High five for Wilson as he ends season sweetly

Ben Wilson in action. Photo: David Maginnis.
Ben Wilson in action. Photo: David Maginnis.

Ben Wilson ended his season with a bang when he recorded five top-five results at the annual Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt in Northern Ireland.

First up on Saturday was the first of two Supersport races where the 33-year-old Kirton rider got a fantastic start to make it up into second place behind his teammate Glenn Irwin on the first lap.

They were swiftly followed by his old arch rival Alastair Seeley, and the three pulled away from the pack.

At the end of the seven-lap affair the places remained the same.

Irwin took the win from Wilson, with Seeley following up in third.

The first Superbike race saw Wilson completing the contest with a close-fourth finish.

Then came the feature race where Wilson was up against 1000cc bikes, but this did not faze the Lincolnshire rider and he was pushing hard throughout the 10 laps to secure a creditable fifth place at the chequered flag.

He was the first rider home on a Supersport machine.

The second Supersport race was a near re-run of the first with Irwin taking the win from Wilson, but this time it was Andy Irwin taking third, making it a one-two- three for the Gearlink team.

The final race for Wilson was the second Superbike race, where he got another quick start to lead the riders around the first corner.

He was second on lap two but the red flag halted his progress and, at the re-start, he slotted into second place behind Danny Buchan.

He was overtaken by Keith Farmer on lap two, but Wilson was not going to settle for third place.

On lap five he passed Farmer to regain second place, which he held to the chequered flag to give his team their first Superbike podium.

Wilson will be keeping in shape this winter by racing at the Mablethorpe sand races.