The MCE British Superbike Championship heads to Oulton Park this weekend and Dan Linfoot is determined to secure his Showdown place.
The Honda Racing rider currently finds himself fifth in the standings as the series enters its final round before the Showdown begins.
Linfoot knows the importance of the race meeting and is hopeful that he can put in three strong performances to ensure that he doesn’t lose out.
Linfoot said: “Well this is the weekend and the pressure is on! I’m hoping for a confirmed Showdown spot as soon as possible, we have three races so it can go either way. It’s either three chances for podiums or three chances for something to go wrong; I am a little cautious heading into the weekend, as I can’t afford for anything to go wrong.
“I’m trying to think as much as I can about my targets and what I want to achieve from the weekend as it takes my mind off the Showdown a little, so I am not fixating so much on it. We need to start the weekend well and qualify on the front two rows and finish each race, if we finish in the top-five in all races the Showdown will take care of itself – of course I will be pushing and I need the podium credits, but if it’s not possible then three top-five finishes is OK.”
Linfoot is currently just five points ahead of sixth-place man James Ellison, with Richard Cooper and Luke Mossey only a further seven points away from the top six.
It is likely that the battle for the Showdown will go down to the final race of the weekend but Linfoot remains confident that he will leave Cheshire inside the Showdown places.
He added: “Oulton Park is a circuit I really enjoy and it’s always been kind to me, well until I crashed out of the lead there earlier in the year! But I am looking forward to the weekend and I am sure we can have a good weekend and secure a place in the Showdown.”
The opening race of the triple-header at Oulton Park is scheduled to take place at 16:00 on Saturday afternoon, with the second and third races taking place on Sunday.