Double Win for Gearlink Kawasaki
Knockhill - Round 4
It was a fantastic weekend for the Gearlink Kawasaki team in the Motorsport British Supersport Championship at the Scottish circuit of Knockhill. Ben Wilson took a stunning double victory the first for the team this season and his team-mate Alastair Seeley secured a great second and fourth.
Ben was dominant in both the Supersport races and won race one on the Saturday by 2.8 seconds from Seeley and in the longer main race on Sunday he won by another big margin beating local man Stuart Easton by 1.4 seconds.
Ben qualified in fourth place for race one and was keen to get to the front and try and bridge a gap from his nearest rival, he was leading after the first lap, was briefly passed by Gowland but then on lap four made his move and led and extended his gap for the remainder of the 13-lap race. With his stunning fastest lap of the race time this put him on pole for race two on Sunday. As the 26-lap race progressed Ben was once again eager to lead from the front and he was totally dominant leading every single lap and taking the team's first double win of the season and Ben's first double win since Cadwell Park 2011.
Ben Wilson - "I'm so pleased with the results I have had here this weekend, it's been a long rocky road the last year but now after this I finally feel like I'm back. It's such a relief and the Gearlink Kawasaki team have worked so hard to get me to this point and I'd really like to thank them for everything and I hope this repays all their hard work. They were two really great races and I really wanted to try and get away as knew everyone would be scrapping and I didn't want to get involved in any of that. The bike has been brilliant all weekend and hope this form will continue now for the rest of the season, there are still a lot of points to gain. I'd like to thank the team, all my personal sponsors and to wish my Dad a Happy Father's Day."
Alastair Seeley also had a great weekend and despite being locked in a battle and scrap in both races he took a solid second place in race one but struggled slightly with arm pump in race two and slipped to fourth after a great battle with Stuart Easton and Billy McConnell. Alastair is now lying in second place in the Championship by one point to Stuart Easton.
Alastair Seeley - "That was my worst weekend so far this year but a second and fourth can't be classed as a bad weekend. The Gearlink Kawasaki was set up well and but I was only able to qualify sixth, my start was ok and I made up a place after the first lap then I was locked in a battle with Stuart and Billy, I was pleased to get second. On the Sunday I really struggled with grip on the track. It was very slippery compared to yesterday and as I was pushing harder I was finding I was getting arm pump and this really had an impact on my race result. I want to make sure I'm back up there again at Snetterton and back on the podium again."
Pirelli National Superstock 600s
In the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class it was another fantastic weekend for the Gearlink Kawasaki team and another podium for Luke Hedger, his third in a row now hoisting him to third in the Championship standings. The current Motostar British Champion has adapted well to riding the Kawasaki ZX-6R and after qualifying in seventh position the youngster from Bristol rode another confident race to gain second. His new team-mate Australian Mark Wilkinson gained his best ever Superstock 600 result of seventh place.
Luke Hedger - "This is another great result for myself and the Gearlink Kawasaki team and we've managed to be really consistent in the last three races and made big progress in moving forward and getting some really good results. I got a great start but the leaders made a small break, the safety car coming out this time played into my hands and it bunched the pack together. Once the car went in I wanted to ensure I got my head down and didn't let them bridge a gap. I managed to get to second but was unable to catch the leader, I'm so pleased for another strong result and would like to thank all my sponsors and everyone who has helped me get here."
Mark Wilkinson - "I had an exciting race today, it was a tough weekend though. I qualified in 23rd place meaning the race was always going to be very hard for me. I made a good start and chipped away all race long and eventually placing in seventh place, which is my best result ever in the BSB Superstock Championship, so I am very happy with the overall race result.
It was good to have my brother Micka over from Australia this week and I would like to thank all the Gearlink Kawasaki team for all their work this weekend. Also a big thank you to everyone back in Australia for their support and Plaza Auto Sales, GS Automotive, ROMP Design, The Oil Warehouse for all their help in 2013."
Team Manager Michael de Bidaph - "It's been a great weekend and gone really well, we had a good set up on both bikes and Ben and Alastair progressed all weekend. Ben found a bike set up faster than Alastair but the results in the first race were great. You cannot ask for more than first and second in a race and that is what they managed to achieve.
Ben was on a mission this weekend and we are delighted with the results he has gained here and to gain a double race win is brilliant. Alastair had a tyre issue in race two and slight arm pump but second and fourth is still a very good result and we are not disappointed at all, he is still lying in second place in the Championship standings.
In the Superstock 600 class both Luke and Mark were very impressive, their qualifying positions did not reflect how they were riding but their race results certainly did. Luke has gelled with the bike now and his results have been brilliant the last three races. Mark has settled in really well into the Gearlink Kawasaki team and he gained his best result in the class here today which is brilliant and I am sure he has more to come.
It is a really positive weekend for the team and we are looking forward to going to Snetterton on a high and looking to gain some more results like today."