Alastair Seeley affirmed his status as the top rookie in the 2010 British Superbike Championship by throwing himself back into the title fight at Cadwell Park.
The Relentless Suzuki rider went into the event in close competition with John Laverty over the sixth and final available title showdown position, but a pair of solid top ten results proved enough for him to get the nod after his rival failed to finish race one.
A fine achievement for the reigning Superstock champion, he joins team-mate Michael Laverty in the showdown and ensures three of the six spots are assumed by Suzuki riders.
“Pressure off as they say. I'm delighted to get through to the Shootout and have to thank the whole team as they played a very important part. There were no heroics today from me and I'm in a position a lot of other riders would love to be in. Now we can take our GSX-R1000 to the final three circuits, have fun and hopefully mix it with the title favourites.
The only BSB rookie in a top six of experienced racers, while Seeley plays down his hopes of going on to lift the title, he is refusing to rule anything out.
“No one will be expecting me to win the championship, but then no one expected me to be on the top step of the podium at Brands. I'm really enjoying my first season in the BSB series with Relentless by TAS Suzuki, so let's see if we can deliver some more big results in September and October.”