Dan Linfoot secured a spot in the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown at Oulton Park this weekend, but didn’t make it easy for himself as he dramatically crashed out of Sunday’s final race.
A fifth and a third in the first two races made the Honda Racing rider appear secure in fifth in the standings but mathematically he could still be toppled if he failed to score in the weekend’s final race.
With Showdown rivals in second and fourth, Linfoot endured a tough few minutes as he waited to see whether he’d make it through to the top six shoot out for the third time in three years.
“This weekend has been a mix of emotions really; yesterday I finished fifth and made a return to the podium in third place this morning, so that was encouraging and really spurred me on for the final race,” he said.
“I didn’t get the best of starts and was down a lot on where I should have been, but the safety car coming out helped and after that I was focused on the moves I needed to make and get myself back in the front group. I made up some places and had another podium on my radar, but I clipped the engine case on the kerb again and crashed out. I really thought that was it for the Showdown as my fellow contenders were running strong, but thankfully I managed to still get a place! I am a little disappointed but I’m also happy to get a place secured, I’m now looking forward to heading to Donington and get my Showdown on track!”
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