SLIDESHOW: Chris Walker speaks of relief after qualifying for MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown series

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Ollerton racer Chris Walker says qualifying for the MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown is a massive weight off his mind.

Walker made the elite Showdown - the last three rounds of the Championship, which is ran over seven races with six racers in contention to the top prize - after maintaining sixth spot in the standings.

“It was a huge load off his mind to make Showdown,” said Walker.

“To get over the line was brilliant. I’m made up for myself, for GBmoto, Kawasaki and everyone that has helped me along the way. It’s been a team effort.”

“I have had a lot of fan power this weekend, I have struggled with history this weekend, ridden tense all weekend and didn’t get the best out of the bike, because of what happened to me all those years ago.

“I came here with a 21 point championship lead 14 years ago, got pole position in qualifying, podium in race one and still didn’t get the job done and finished second.”

“The last couple of weeks I have wrapped myself up in cotton wool, I have not mountain biked, not been out on the moto x bike and even ran slow on the running machine so I didn’t fall off the back of it and damage myself”

“Because I was coming back to Donington and it’s a favourite, knowing what happened to me here before and the local support that I get, I didn’t want to let anyone down, especially the team.”

The Showdown series begins at Dutch TT Circuit Assen for Round 10, before returnin to home soil at Silverstone on 4th/5th October.

The final round takes place at Brands Hatch on 18th and 19th October.