Michael Rutter has guaranteed himself a spot in the British Superbike six-way title shootout after picking up a trio of podiums at Brands Hatch.

The latest strong performance in what has been a remarkable return to form for the BSB veteran, Rutter has now notched up six podium finishes and is yet to finish a race lower than in seventh position.

It has enabled the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati rider to secure a spot in the forthcoming shootout one round early, Rutter delighted to keep building on his podium credits.

"It's been a brilliant weekend for the team. I think I could have gone with Sykes and Kiyo in Sunday's first race but I just didn't have the grip after five laps.

"The temperature had gone up and made the track greasy. I know it's the same for everyone - I could see Kiyo struggling too - but you were never quite sure of the grip levels and it seemed a better idea to score points rather than risking everything.

"I also had a battle with Michael Laverty in that one but it's all about getting podium credits now so there was no way I was going to let him through."