Ben Wilson wretched luck returned at Donington Park over the weekend as he returned home pointless from the MCE British Superbikes meet.
The Gearlink Kawasaki racer was forced out of the first race with a technical issue and then completed the second race in 19th place.
As per the norm for Kirton rider Wilson, he had to find a good set-up for his machine as it had never run at the Leicestershire track before.
As the weekend progressed, he posted better lap times until he started the qualifying session. However, he was unable to post a fast enough time to progress into the second session and began the first race from an eighth row grid position.
It was always going to be difficult for Wilson to get up into a point-scoring position in such a high calibre field, but he got his head down and was soon up to 18th position. But with four laps remaining he encountered a problem with the Kawasaki and was forced to retire into the pits.
Starting race two from the seventh row, Wilson completed the first lap in 22nd position and began to move forward. He made it through to 19th place and remained in that position to the chequered flag – which was outside of the points but at least a finish.
Wilson said: “This year has been so frustrating for us – and I don’t know if it is bad luck or what, it’s just so disheartening. Everyone is working so hard and I just wish we were able to get the results to prove the effort and hard work that has gone in. But sadly it’s just not happening.”
The next round is in the Netherlands at the Cathedral of Speed circuit of Assen on the weekend of September 19-21.