Dan Linfoot and Chris Walker looks set to secure the remaining two spots in the 2014 British Superbike Championship Title Showdown for the first time after solid scores at Cadwell Park.
The pair have held down positions inside the crucial top six for much of the year, but remained within range of Stuart Easton and James Ellison behind them on the overall leaderboard coming into the weekend.
However, while Linfoot didn't enjoy his strongest race weekend of the year with a run to seventh and 11th place, he is now 44 points clear of seventh place Easton with just a maximum of 50 points available from Donington Park.
“Cadwell was intended to be a points-building exercise and I was aware all weekend of the points I needed to gain on my rivals to secure our place in the Showdown,” said Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Linfoot. “I felt really good in race one and sat in the lead pack, picking off a few riders in front of me just after half race distance only for the red flag to come out immediately afterwards.
“I knew race two was going to be a race of attrition given the conditions so I set out just to score some solid points and try to put more ground between myself and seventh place, which I again managed to do. All in all, it's not been our most successful weekend but it's been a successful outcome in terms of points in which we can take to Donington and, hopefully, cement our Showdown place.”
Walker, meanwhile, notched up his third podium of the season with a feisty run to third in race one, a result that puts him well on course to not only make the Title Showdown for the first time but ensure his best overall finish in a BSB season since 2000.
“It's been a brilliant weekend all in all for our side of the garage but it's a massive shame for James that he wasn't able to ride today after everything he's done to get here. To get another podium in the first race was absolutely mega, and brilliant for the team to get back on the box where they belong. The second race was treacherous out there but to bring the bike home in eighth with Easton not finishing and Dan finishing behind it's a good result and a much better position than when we came here!
“We've now got one more round to go before the Showdown begins and with Donington Park being my favourite circuit and one I love riding at, I'm confident we can walk away in the top six.”
As well as Easton, James Ellison – who has missed the last three rounds through injury – is still mathematically able to reach the Title Showdown at Donington Park, the GBmoto Kawasaki rider just two points behind the Scot.