On another weekend of closely fought action in the British Supersport Championship, Alastair Seeley claimed a brace of second place finishes to move up to third place in the standings.
Kawasaki's Ben Wilson took victory in both races last weekend taking his tally to three out of four so far this season.
Seeley, on the Relentless Suzuki, had set the pace early on Sunday, taking pole position by 0.015s ahead of Wilson. The gap between the two was similarly close in the sprint race, with Wilson edging it by just a quarter of a second.
Race two saw a more straightforward battle for victory with Wilson over two seconds clear by flag fall, while Seeley prevailed in a tight battle with Jack Kennedy for second. Despite missing out on victory, the Northern Irishman admitted it was important to get points on the board, and keep himself in touch at the top of the standings.
“I can’t be too disappointed with that; especially as today was only our second race meeting on the new GSX-R600. I was strong for two-thirds then struggled a little, but when Kennedy came past, there was no way I was settling for third and I regained my composure. As I showed – by setting the fastest lap – I think I could’ve broken away if I’d been able to get some clear track, but it’s going to be tight like that most weekends and 40 points is a good tally.”
Team manager Phillip Neill shared Seeley's attitude, and believes the team's sensible approach could prove to be fruitful as the season goes on.
“It’s a tough Championship but we have a strategy in place which he needs to work to: basically take the wins when they are there and if not settle for solid points. He’s comfortable on the harder tyre and in tomorrow’s longer race that may well play into his hands.”
“Today, Alastair showed his experience and proved it’s all about taking points when that’s all that is on offer. It’s good to see him using his head in these races, because the GSX-R600 package can only get better and with his consistency he’ll be hard to topple.”