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Ben Wilson wins at Oulton park
Gearlink Kawasaki ace Ben Wilson took a fantastic win in round three of the Fuchs/Silkolene British Supersport championship at Oulton Park on Easter Monday to edge his way up to third place in the rider standings and is now just 11 points away from the series lead.
Wilson from Kirton near Boston was only able to qualify for a third row start in 11th position but made up for that with his usual lightening start in the rain affected race which had been reduced to 12 laps because of the poor weather conditions. He took up fourth place on the opening lap before moving up to third one lap later and then to second on lap three. But things took a dramatic turn when race leader Ian Hutchinson fell at Hizzy’s gifting the lead to Wilson.
The top three riders pulled well clear of the pack with Wilson steering the Gearlink Kawasaki away to build up a substantial lead. But the safety car was deployed on lap five to allow the marshals to sweep the mud from the track after a crash, which allowed the rest of the field to catch up. Although they gained ground on Wilson he remained in control at the front and when the car left the track the race was back on.
Wilson continued to hold the lead and although fellow Lincolnshire rider Sam Lowes remained right in his wheel tracks he fended off the attack and took the chequered flag with an advantage of 0.3seconds over his rival.
“That was a good result for me and also for Gearlink Kawasaki,” said an elated Ben Wilson. “I didn’t do so well in qualifying but was third fastest in morning warm up so was optimistic of a good result. But then when the rain came down I didn’t know what to expect. A lot of people did fall off but we were strong in the wet conditions so it was a really good result for us. We were given a seven minute wet practice prior to the race but we didn’t bother with that, we just wanted to get on with it. I would like to say a big thank you to the team as they have worked really hard this weekend so I am really chuffed to have been able to give them the win today. Of course I had to be fairly cautious in the wet conditions but once I got in front there was no way anyone was coming past me. I wanted that win, not just for myself but the whole of the Gearlink Kawasaki team and also my personal sponsors, without whose support I would not even be racing.”
This win sees Wilson leapfrog up the standings from 10th place to third and with the next round at his local circuit of Cadwell Park in three week’s time on May 23 he will be hungry for another win to move nearer to the series lead.
Article written by Helen Pask
Press Officer Ben Wilson
Ben is trainer by Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Coles
Monday, 21 Jun 2010