Racing Motorsports fitness - Ben Wilson wins at Oulton Park
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Ben Wilson from Kirton near Boston looked a winner all weekend at Oulton Park and after putting the Gearlink Kawasaki into second place for a front row start to the final round of the British Supersport championship he took a lights to flag victory to clinch third place in the overall standings.
Wilson had been there or thereabouts all weekend and in the solitary qualifying session on Saturday he very nearly set pole, just being outrun to the position by Graeme Gowland who was just nine-hundredths of a second quicker.
Having taken sixth place in the penultimate round of the series at Silverstone Wilson knew he had to finish ahead of Gowland, Billy McConnell, Jack Kennedy and Jason O’Halloran if he was to retain his third place in the standings. Going into the final race there were just six points separating the five riders and nothing short of a win would be good enough for Wilson.
Renown for his quick starts the Lincolnshire ace shot off the line to establish the lead and remained in control throughout the 12 laps. He increased his lead to 2.4 seconds mid-race but then was gradually reeled in by James Westmoreland who had already clinched the runner up spot in the series.
By lap 9 of 12 Westy was right with Wilson but the Gearlink Kawasaki rider was not to be denied and increased his pace to cross the finish line with 0.8 of a second to spare to take the race win – his second of the year at Oulton Park and also clinch the third place in the overall standings.
“I am over the moon, its good for me, my team and my sponsors so I am really, really pleased with that result. There is not much more I can say right now except that I am chuffed to bits. Last year I was fourth overall and now I have moved up a place. We carry this over to next year and build on it with the aim to progress further in 2011.”
Asked if he was troubled by Westy who was closing him down, the Boston ace replied: “I didn’t know who was behind me and dare not look to find out. If I had known it was Westy I would maybe have given up the win to make sure of third in the championship as he was no threat to that. But I really wanted the win as bad as anything so I just went for it!”
Ben will have little time for celebration as he heads over to Ireland for the Sunflower Trophy meeting at Bishopscourt which takes place on Saturday (October 16). Gearlink Kawasaki featured prominently on the results sheets on their first appearance at the Northern Ireland races at the end of the 2009 and will contest the races again this time with Ben Wilson and new recruit Glenn Irwin.
Pic credit Jon Jessop Photography shows Ben with team owners Michael and Norma de Bidaph.
Report by Helen Pask Press Officer
Ben Wilson Racing/Gearlink Kawasaki
Ben Wilson trains with Mark Coles who is a leading Personal Trainer in Nottingham
Monday, 11 Oct 2010