Ben Wilson takes a podium at Cadwell Park
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After two non-finishes at Cadwell Park over the past year Ben Wilson made sure of a strong finish this time around and rode to a fantastic third place in round nine of the British Supersport championship at his home track on Monday to move back into fourth place in the rider points with three rounds remaining.
The Gearlink Kawasaki rider from Kirton near Boston shrugged off any thoughts of his previous problems and throughout the weekend remained within the top four.
With only three to a row instead of the usual four, Wilson found himself starting his campaign from the head of row two but his usual lightening start saw him nip ahead of series leader and pole setter Sam Lowes to take the lead on the run to Coppice.
But his lead was short-lived as Lowes passed him at Park corner. He was demoted to third when Billy McConnell made a desperate dive at the chicane which nearly resulted in Wilson being pushed off the track. But although he lost momentum he recovered well and continued on his way in third place.
On lap four McConnell crashed out of the race gifting second place back to Wilson but he was under immense pressure from the following pack who challenged for position at every opportunity.
But Wilson hung on in there and although he was temporarily demoted to fourth on lap 12 he clawed his way back past multi TT winner Ian Hutchinson and hunted down James Westmoreland who by this time had moved into second place. Wilson was not to be denied and on the penultimate lap he regained second place at the Hairpin and looked to be in a comfortable position to take the runner up spot.
But just before they crossed the line to start the final lap the race was red-flagged for an incident further down field. A result was declared on positions reached on lap 14 meaning Wilson was placed third and not second.
“The bike ran well and the tyre held out, we had a good race although it was a bit disappointing to have the race stopped just as I had got in front of Westy. But I still got on the podium and we moved up to fourth in the championship,” said Ben. “We are only three points behind Gowland who holds third in the championship so there is everything to race for at Croft next time out. Hopefully we can bag another good result and that will take us back up into the top three.”
With his points tally increased to 100 Wilson is just three points away from the top three but McConnell is only a point behind him so a top result at Croft on September 12 is essential. Wilson was third in last year’s race at the North Yorkshire circuit and will be striving for another good result in two week’s time.
Article by Helen Pask
Bens Personal trainer is Mark Coles - M10 Fitness
Picture credit - Jon Jessop Photography
Tuesday, 31 Aug 2010