Luke Mossey says despite feeling downbeat with his race results the Brands Hatch GP weekend acted as a timely lift for his Showdown charge with two rounds remaining until the cut off.
The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider claimed a surprise pole position in Superpole after his rivals faltered but even though he produced the ideal start an ill-timed safety car hurt his pace which saw him slip to fourth before recovering for the final step on the rostrum.
In race two Mossey's pace was also dented by the safety car when the race was extended by two laps to make up for the lost laps which saw his tyre drop off to give Buildbase BMW duo Lee Jackson and Richard Cooper the chance to leapfrog the 23-year-old and push him back to seventh.
Despite his disappointment Mossey is focusing on the positives from the round after closing the points deficit on the top six to just three point off Cooper who holds the final Showdown spot while also moving level on points with James Ellison.
“I got the perfect start in the first race to grab the holeshot and although I knew the pace wasn't that quick, I felt comfortable leading and began to pull away a bit,” Mossey said. “The safety car upset my rhythm though and I dropped back quite quickly to fourth but I was pleased to end up with another podium.
“The bike was working great and I was able to start race two from pole again but I was a bit disappointed with the end result and after the safety car pulled in I had no grip left for the extra two laps.
“Overall though, it's been a good weekend and to be just three points off the Showdown places now is a terrific boost for all of us.”