Showdown delight for Honda Racing at Oulton Park

by Joshua Close

The Honda Racing team are in a celebratory mood this week after Dan Linfoot secured his place in the end of season title Showdown.

After picking up a fifth place finish in Saturday’s opening race, Linfoot went into race two full of confidence and ended up finish on the podium – in third position.

This placed the Yorkshireman in a strong position heading into the final race of the weekend, as he looked to secure his spot in the top six.

The race did not quite go to plan however, as Linfoot crashed out of fourth position whilst going through Hizzy’s Chicane.

It would now be down to the remaining Showdown challengers, Luke Mossey and Michael Laverty, to try and take advantage of this incident.

Fortunately for Linfoot and the team, Laverty could not do enough to make it into the top six – with Linfoot remaining in the Showdown by just a few points.

Looking back over the race meeting, Linfoot said: “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. 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!”

The first round of the Showdown takes place this weekend as the MCE British Superbike Championship heads to Donington Park.

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