Ollerton race ace Chris Walker qualifies for MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown

Chris Walker in race action. Picture by Paul Horton
Chris Walker in race action. Picture by Paul Horton
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Ollerton race ace Chris Walker is celebrating after securing a very emotional debut Showdown place in the MCE British Superbike Championship.

The Superbike rider arrived at the Circuit in sixth position with 160 points after a cracking weekend previously at Cadwell Park, which saw him make the podium in race one.

Walker needed to retain his sixth place or better to get into the “Showdown” - the last three rounds of the Championship, which is ran over seven races with six racers in contention for “the Championship” prize.

It would be the first time in his racing career after missing out on the Championship some 14 years ago to be one of the title fighters.

Chris finished open free practice on the Friday in 6th with his team mate James Ellison finishing 20th, James’ first outing since his big crash at Brands Hatch.

Working through the practice sessions Chris couldn’t match the earlier positions and had to settle for disappointing 14th position in qualifying with Ellison in 15th.

Race one saw track temperatures souring and Walker made a fantastic start. With a six rider battle he moved up to ninth place and kept onto it to lap 6. Slipping back he kept the pressure on and, despite a deterioration in tyre wear and keen to get a Showdown place, he rode a sensible race crossing the line and securing it.

Starting race two Walker was on 15th on the grid and knew he could relax a little in the knowledge he had got his debut Showdown.

Enjoying a strong start into Redgate he had soon moved up to ninth place and, as the race progressed, he was moving between 8th and 7th positions.

In true “Stalker” style he worked his way through the pack into fifth place, only to make a mistake on the last lap, which pushed him back to cross the finish in 10th place.

Finishing in the Championship standing in 5th position with 505 points an emotional Walker was “absolutely delighted.”

It was one of the most important weekends for his Team, Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki.

For the past two rounds the team have had special livery on their bikes “Kawasaki Ninja 30” logos, celebrating the iconic “ninja” name in motorcycle history for the last 30 years.