Dan Linfoot says a wave of relief rushed through him after pinching the final Showdown spot from Stuart Easton by three points in the final race of the triple-header at Oulton Park.

The Honda Racing rider knew that with Easton out injured after a heavy crash during qualifying at the Cheshire track a top eight finish in race three would be enough to guarantee him a place in the Showdown at the expense of the PBM Kawasaki rider.

The 27-year-old had shown some fine form with third place in race one and fifth in race two at Oulton Park but admitted he felt the pressure was on during a tightly-contested midfield scrap which resulted in sixth place and a place in the Showdown.

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"It is a relief off my shoulders to be able to get into the Showdown and I left it very late to sneak in by a couple of points," Linfoot said. "Now it is time to look ahead to Assen which is a track I like very much and I'm looking forward to the final three rounds.

"Race one helped by being on the podium and scoring a chunk of points. I'm so happy to have placed a Honda in the Showdown after Jason O'Halloran was ruled out through injury and also my injury at the start of the season."

Linfoot was forced to sit out four races earlier in the season after breaking his wrist in a crash in round two at Brands Hatch. As a result, the North Yorkshire rider was always playing catch up but paid tribute to injured duo O'Halloran and Easton who he ultimately displaced to reach the top six.

"After missing so many races through injury and still make the Showdown doesn't happen very often," he added. "Obviously a lot of the other guys have had their injuries as well."

Honda Racing team manager Havier Beltran has added his delight after his squad achieved its initial goal of reaching the Showdown.

"For Dan to be in the Showdown is where our targets were at the start of the year," Beltran said. "With his injury it did put us on the back foot a little, but I'm really pleased for Dan and the team.

"We're in there and now we can hopefully try and consolidate and get some strong results to push Dan further up the leaderboard."