After 21 competitive races, the race for the Fuchs-Silkolene British Supersport title will go down to the wire at Brands Hatch this weekend, with three races remaining for a champion to be crowned.
Gearlink Kawasaki rider Ben Wilson won five of the first six races and led Relentless Suzuki's Alastair Seeley by 58 points after May's meeting at Thruxton. But Seeley's run of form since that point has been truly exceptional, catapulting him into contention.
Since leaving Scotland, Seeley has finished on the podium in each of the 11 races to take place, claiming victory in eight of them, and is currently on a four-race winning streak. Coupled with Wilson's double DNF at Silverstone, the Northern Irishman now leads by 14 points and will settle for nothing more than championship glory this weekend.
“Well we’re going to Brands to win the Championship – that’s the only goal this weekend. We’ve been to Brands GP already this season so hopefully that gives me a psychological advantage after our double in August. I’ve been working it all out and I can’t afford any slip-ups, so I won’t be taking my eye off the ball. At this time of year there’s a possibility of rain so we’re prepared for that as well and the bike has been built from scratch with a new motor. I’m looking forward to it; it’s going to be very exciting and will probably go down to the final race; just like the BSB series. That’s what the fans want. I’ll pretty much be going out to do what I’ve been doing all year and that’s chasing race wins. I’ve won Championships before so I know how to deal with the pressure, although I’m sure there will be a few butterflies on the grid, both on Saturday and Sunday.”
Seeley’s Team Manager Philip Neill has assured that the team will be giving everything to help him secure the title, and will not be showing any complacency despite his points advantage.
“Thankfully Alastair has a slight advantage in points coming into the final three races, but we will be putting nothing to chance. The bike has been re-built from top-to-bottom and we’re really looking forward to those three races. The whole team are well up for it.”
After defending a lead for most of the season, Wilson now has to play catch-up but it's a position he relishes. The Lincolnshire rider feels he now has nothing to lose and has challenged Seeley to prove he can handle the pressure.
“I was really down after Silverstone. But I have had time to mull things over and realise it is still possible for me to regain my position as things change; it doesn't take much and we could be back up the front. It will be a difficult job but I am always up for a challenge and will give it my all in each race. Alastair may have the advantage of a 14 point lead but the pressure is all on him now. The championship is his to lose and mine to win.”
Due to the cancellation of race two at Oulton Park, there are three races this weekend instead of the usual two. That means there are 75 points still up for grabs for either Seeley or Wilson to claim the title.