As the closest contender outside of the Showdown spots, Danny Buchan says he’ll use his previous experience in pressurised races to ‘play it smart’ in his bid to grab a top six place at Silverstone.

The FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider currently sits seventh in the Bennetts British Superbike championship with a seven-point deficit to nearest rival Peter Hickman, while Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon sits eight points behind Buchan in eighth, as he targets a maiden Showdown berth.

Buchan dropped out of the top six places following a poor run of results, with just a single eighth place finish from the past two rounds, coupled with Hickman’s recent resurgence triggered by his double podium at Thruxton.

But Buchan feels his experience under pressure having battled to two National Superstock 1000 titles gives him a strong mindset to attack with at Silverstone.

“The goal is obviously to go to Silverstone and try and get into the Showdown, but I haven’t thought about it too much,” Buchan said. “I am going to play it smart at Silverstone.

“I have been in this position before and I have had the pressure when I have been fighting for the title in Superstock where you have a really important race and I think I perform in those circumstances. I always say you either sink or swim and to me I am a swimmer.

“I have made this hard for myself or harder for the team but it is like anything in this championship – anything can happen.

“To be in the Showdown would mean a lot and would be a reward for the team and all the hard work they have put in, it shows that consistency pays off and it would be the biggest thing for my career so far.”

The BSB Silverstone round will be run on the National circuit layout following safety concerns over the resurfaced Grand Prix track which saw the cancellation of last month's British MotoGP.