Dan Linfoot has admitted he thought his hopes of a Showdown spot were disappearing before him after crashing out of the final race in the triple-header at Oulton Park but the Honda Racing rider clung on to the last top six place by four points.
The 28-year-old has been the victim of near-misses this season with three second places and two thirds in the regular season but was able to profit from a close call in the final race ahead of the Showdown.
Despite crashing out at the Hizzy chicane on lap 11, Linfoot watched on as his nearest rival Michael Laverty climbed up the order in the closing stages.
However, the Tyco BMW rider's fourth place at the chequered flag saw him miss out by four points to Linfoot which came as a massive sigh of relief having spent the majority of the year inside the top six.
“This weekend has been a mix of emotions. In race one I finished fifth and made a return to the podium in third place in race two so that was encouraging and really spurred me on for the final race,” Linfoot said. “I didn't get the best of starts and was down a lot on where I should have been, but the safety car coming out helped and after that I was focused on the moves I needed to make and get myself back in the front group.
“I made up some places and had another podium on my radar, but I clipped the engine case on the kerb again and crashed out. I really thought that was it for the Showdown as my fellow contenders were running strong.”
After securing a second consecutive Showdown berth Linfoot says it comes with conflicting feelings after missing out on stronger results which would have put him in a more competitive position entering the title battle.
“I am a little disappointed but I'm also happy to get a place secured,” he said. “I'm now looking forward to heading to Donington and get my Showdown on track.”
Linfoot will start the Showdown in fifth with 511 points – 35 points off of leader Leon Haslam.