Alastair Seeley proved too strong for Ben Wilson in the final race of the season to win the Fuchs Silkolene British Supersport Championship by a single point. In a weekend that swung one way then the other, the Northern Irishman beat Wilson by 2.384s to overhaul his four point advantage.
Wilson had taken the lead after a dramatic opening race which saw him take his ninth win of the year, aided by a crash for Seeley at Graham Hill Bend. Seeley fought back with second in race two and with Wilson back in fourth, the door was open for the Relentless Suzuki man to snatch the title with victory in the decider.
Seeley duly delivered and couldn't hide his joy at taking the championship after a season-long dogfight with Wilson.
“It is a great feeling to have won the title for the Relentless Suzuki team. Philip and Hector gave me a job to do for the team this year and the new GSX-R600 was an awesome package just out of the crate. I knew I had to try and pull away from Ben in the final race and we had a good one; I am sure we swapped paint too! I rode my own lines and just kept pushing hard and it was enough to win the race. I can't thank everyone enough for their support; it has been an awesome season and we have had some fierce competition between us. It's been great racing with Ben; very exciting and I'm sure it made good TV for the fans and we didn't give each other an inch all year. It's an amazing achievement for me, for the team and all the sponsors involved. I'm on top of the world after the win.”
Gearlink Kawasaki's Wilson was proud of his team's support throughout the year but cast his mind back to some of the moments which may have made the difference.
“I am just gutted to have missed out by a single point. I feel that I lost the championship as I threw away some points this year. It has been a great season and I need to thank the Gearlink Kawasaki team for all their support.”
Third place overall went to Billy McConnell ahead of Paul Young, Sam Warren and Christian Iddon while Jack Kennedy took seventh after claiming his maiden victory in race two.