Wilson’s back in the points again

Ben Wilson in action at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.
Ben Wilson in action at Brands. Photo: Dave Yeomans.

Ben Wilson rode to a brace of top-10 finishes in round six of the 2015 British Supersport championship at Brands Hatch at the weekend.

However, he has dropped down the order to 11th in the rider standings on 66 points.

“After the last couple of meetings I really needed a finish this weekend and that’s what I did,” said Wilson, who has crashed out of his four previous races.

“Fighting for a top 10 place is not really where I want to be but the pace of the front runners is so quick I just cannot match them right now.

“We have reached the half way stage of the season so let’s hope things take a change for the better now.”

The Kirton rider was running well within the top 10 throughout free practice and completed his qualifying in eighth position to make a start to the first race from the middle of the third row.

Wilson began Saturday’s sprint race well, launching his Kawasaki up to fifth place at Druids on the first lap.

But by the time they started lap two he had been relegated down a place to sixth.

He gained a place when his teammate Glenn Irwin crashed on lap two, but was promptly overtaken by Andy Reid.

He dropped down the order as far as ninth mid race but with the demise of Danny Webb and the Jake Dixon he was promoted up field to seventh, where he remained to the chequered flag to pick up nine championship points.

He was the 10th fastest rider in the race therefore was placed on the fourth row for the feature race on Sunday.

Wilson got away to a good start in the feature race and was running in seventh place through the first three laps but was pushed back to eighth when Sam Hornsey moved ahead.

Two laps later Luke Hedger made his move and Wilson was relegated to ninth and was losing touch with the riders ahead.

But on the last lap Irwin encountered a problem with his Kawasaki and was rapidly dropping back into his clutches and the pair crossed the finish line side by side.

Irwin was awarded eighth place by the narow margin of 0.2s.

Wilson finished in ninth position.

The next round is at Thruxton on August 2.