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Oulton Park: Haslam hat-trick as Mossey, Linfoot take Showdown spots

Leon Haslam has completed a hat-trick of race wins at Oulton Park to take the championship lead into the Showdown as Luke Mossey and Dan Linfoot take the final places

Leon Haslam has completed a hat-trick of race wins at Oulton Park to take the MCE British Superbike championship lead into the Showdown as Luke Mossey and Dan Linfoot book the final two places in the title battle. 

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider converted his dominant form into a third straight win at the Cheshire track to overtake Shane Byrne in terms of podium points ahead of the three-round Showdown. 

In a frantic race which saw three of the eventual Showdown competitors fail to finish Luke Mossey capped an emotional day with second place and a top six place, just hours after becoming a father. 

Dan Linfoot has completed the Showdown six despite crashing out at the Hizzy chicane on lap 11 but the Honda rider had enough in the pocket to claim keep hold of his place in the title fight. 

Tommy Bridewell recovered from a nasty crash in race one and a complete rebuild on his Bennetts Suzuki to complete the rostrum trio in the final race. 

Despite his best efforts to hold on to a Showdown place, Michael Laverty's fourth place sees him drop out by just four points and he will contest the BSB Riders' Cup over the final three rounds of 2016. 

Byrne completed a frustrating triple-header without a podium finish in fifth place in the regular season closer with Showdown contenders Richard Cooper and Peter Hickman missing out finishing sixth and seventh respectively. 

Elsewhere both James Ellison and Jason O'Halloran, who had already booked their Showdown places, pulled out of the race in separate incidents with technical issues while battling for the lead. 

In a frantic finale for the Showdown, Ellison O'Halloran and Haslam diced for the lead. On lap five Jake Dixon suffered a heavy crash at Brittens which saw his Briggs Equipment BMW somersault into the barriers and the 20-year-old need medical attention. 

With the rookie being taken by ambulance to the medical centre along the track the elongated safety car period finished at the end of lap eight. 

Laverty made impressive progress up the pack, aided by Tyco BMW instructing Christian Iddon to let his team-mate pass and O'Halloran's breakdown while fighting Haslam for the lead, but after rising to fourth the Northern Irish rider struggled to make inroads against Bridewell. 

As a result, Mossey kept his composure in second place to secure his Showdown spot while Linfoot's point advantage couldn't be bridged by Laverty in fourth. 

Further back Lee Jackson grabbed eighth place ahead of Iddon while Broc Parkes secured a top ten finish for Tommy Hill's ePayMe Yamaha team. 

Despite serving a ride through for a jump start Glenn Irwin recovered to finish 11th ahead of FS-3 Racing Kawasaki's Billy McConnell and RAF Reserves BMW's Alastair Seeley as Danny Buchan and Ryuichi Kiyonari completed the points-paying places.

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