Jason O’Halloran says he went through the full spectrum of emotions during the MCE British Superbike Showdown decider having crashed at the first turn and had to endure a nervous wait for his place in the top six to be confirmed.

Having scored points in every race in 2017, O’Halloran effectively needed to avoid disaster in race three at Silverstone to book his top six place but his initial fears were realised after being bumped off in a first corner collision with Bradley Ray and Glenn Irwin in the soaking wet conditions.

Mathematically Christian Iddon and Jake Dixon needed to finish one-two to still bump the Honda Racing rider out of the top six but he suffered a frantic watch from the garage as both riders climbed up the order as others tumbled out.

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But O’Halloran was given relief when Iddon tumbled out of second place, while Luke Mossey also fell, meaning he was guaranteed a Showdown spot for the second consecutive campaign for Honda.

After his nervy end to the Silverstone round, O’Halloran says he was thrilled he could rely on his consistency throughout 2017 to pave his way to the top six and save Honda’s blushes after a frustrating year with the new Fireblade.

“Going into that final race I knew that Iddon had to win and Dixon had to finish second for me to be knocked out but at the start of the race my plan was just to finish and pick up points but I didn’t even make it to turn two. That went out of the window straightaway,” O’Halloran said.

“I got back to the box to watch the race and just before Iddon crashed I saw he was coming forward and so was Dixon so I started panicking a little bit. Then Iddon went down unfortunately for him and I knew I made it through.

“It has been a long and hard year and we’ve had our problems but also our good days while still scoring points in every race which is what has got us here in the end.”