Liam rides through the pain at Brands Hatch
Liam Delves rode through the pain of an ankle injury to record two points finishes in round six of the HEL Performance British Motostar championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday and moves to ninth in the rider standings on 66 points.
Liam, who celebrated his 17th birthday over the weekend was hoping for a couple of good results and qualified well for a front row start to his first race. But the rain delayed the previous track action and eventually the race was put back to last of the day on Sunday.
This meant that Liam would have two races within the space of less than two hours. But Liam was up for the challenge and first up was the 14 lap Feature race where he was placed on the front row for the start. By this time he had a problem with his ankle that was injured in his crash at Oulton Park and it was giving him a lot of pain. But he gave it his best shot and completed the 14 lap affair in ninth position.
After a trip to the medical centre for some treatment Liam took his place on row four of the starting grid for the Sprint race that was postponed from Saturday. But still suffering from significant pain he was unable to make any headway and dropped back to complete the race in 11th position.
“We endured a disappointing weekend at Brands Hatch and I was unable to record the results I was hoping for. I was pleased with my qualifying which secured a front row start to the first race but once out in the race my ankle began to swell causing me a lot of pain and discomfort. I managed to set my personal best lap time but was only able to bring the bike home in ninth place.
With only an hour and a half before the second race I realised I needed some treatment so headed to the medical centre to see the Physiotherapist who prepared me for the race. Although it helped I was unable to maintain my race pace and finished the race in 11th position.
I would like to thank all my Stauff Connect Academy team and DR Moto for their hard work and commitment over the weekend I am just sorry I couldn’t deliver better results for them.
I would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along to show their support and celebrate my Birthday; thank you everyone who wished me happy birthday; I had a huge collection of presents and cards from my racing family.”
Liam will see the specialist for treatment on his ankle in preparation for the next round of the HEL Performance Motostar at Thruxton on August 4-6.
Photo: Dave Yeomans