British Superbikes - Ben Wilson wins season opener at Brands Hatch
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Gearlink Kawasaki ace Ben Wilson claimed a decisive win in the opening race of the British Supersport championship but was denied the double when he finished fourth in the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch. Wilson leaves Brands Hatch as the series leader by two points and heads to Oulton Park for round two this weekend.
Wilson (29) from Kirton near Boston was in top form all weekend and topped the practice and qualifying sheets in each session, his pace as hot as the sunny conditions at the Kent circuit.
He started the first race on Sunday from pole position and took the lead at Druids on the opening lap. He was never troubled throughout the 18 laps and crossed the finish line some 2.4s ahead of Paul Young to take the first win of the season. He also set the fastest lap of the race with a 47.128s – 92.27mph on lap four of the race.
A delighted Ben Wilson said: “I was happy enough with that. I got a decent gap and controlled the race from the front to take the win which was fantastic both for me and for Gearlink Kawasaki. As I put in the fastest lap of the race I will start race two from pole position.”
Race two took place on Easter Monday and Wilson once again got away to a good start. He got the hole shot into Paddock Hill Bend and retained the lead for 22 of the 26 laps and was looking good for the double. But with just a handful of laps remaining tyre wear came into play and he was caught and passed by Alistair Seeley and Jack Kennedy. Although he fought back he was unable to maintain his race lead and on the last lap had to fight tooth and nail to fend off the attentions of Steve Plater who was intent on claiming the remaining podium position. Plater finally got the better of Wilson on the drag to the flag and he crossed the finish line in fourth place. The top four riders separated by just 0.3s.
“I am disappointed as I really wanted to finish on the podium but on saying that I am leading the championship and we move on to Oulton Park with the aim to do the business there.”
Free practice and qualifying take place on Saturday and Sunday at Oulton Park with the first British Supersport race to be run over 12 laps scheduled for 4.40pm on Sunday. The main 16-lap race is set for Monday at 3.15pm.
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Article by Helen Pask press officer
Ben Wilson Racing/Gearlink Kawasaki
Strength & Conditioning Coach Mark Coles
Tuesday, 26 Apr 2011