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Wilson soaks up opening Supersport glory

Sunday, April 24 2011

Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson took the opening round of the Fuchs-Silkloene British Supersport Championship. The class which sports a new format this season of a qualifying day sprint race to supplement the feature race got off to a flying start with a four way fight for the podium places.

Wilson said: "I had a bad start and thought I was going to be in for a hard race. I was very surprised I wasnt challenged at all for the lead and managed to get a good gap on the chasing group. To take the win was fantastic and I think there is a definite possibility of doing the first Supersport double tomorrow."

Wilson made the most of his pole start by taking a comfortable opening round victory, leading throughout to head Paul Young aboard the Oxford TAG Triumph to the flag by 2.451s. Wilson had been fastest throughout free practice and qualifying taking the advantage from the start to score the first victory ahead of tomorrow's (Monday) second race.

In the early stages Young was having to fend off the challenges of Relentless Suzuki's Alastair Seeley while Steve Plater ran fourth from Lee Johnston and Jack Kennedy. Seeley spectacularly crashed out on the sixth lap after grabbing second place the previous lap, which put Young back in second place with Kennedy taking third from Plater who was having problems from a determined Johnston.

Kennedy was on the charge taking over second place on lap nine and holding on for five laps before Young dived through at Paddock Hill Bend. Kennedy had to be satisfied with third from Johnston, Plater and Allan Jon Venter.
Shaun Winfield took the Supersport Cup victory for Oxford TAG Triumph ahead of John Simpson and Ben Padgett.

Wilson scored the Speedy Fastest Lap award meaning he retains his pole position with the fastest laps from the sprint race setting tomorrows grid. Kennedy will start second with Seeley and Whitman rounding out the front row. Podium finisher Young lost out with the new system moving back to eighth from his front row start today.

Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship Sprint Race, Brands Hatch:

1. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2. Paul Young (Oxford TAG Triumph) +2.451s
3. Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard/Macadam Yamaha) +2.489s
4. Lee Johnston (East Coast Racing Honda) +2.611s
5. Steve Plater (www.padgetts-motorcycles.co.uk Honda) +3.103s

Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport Championship Feature Race Grid:

1. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki)
2. Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha)
3. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS)
4. Matthew Whitman (Smiths (Gloucester) Triumph)
5. Dean Hipwell (Bladen Electrical Yamaha)

You can still purchase tickets for the Brands Hatch Easter opener of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend (22-25 April) on the gate with raceday adult admission £30, children 12 and under go free. For further ticket information visit call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.