Liam takes on a mammoth task at Cadwell Park
Liam Delves was at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire for round eight of the HEL Performance British MotoStar championship where, after a technical problem prevented him from even starting the first race he began the second affair from the back of the grid and stormed through to finish in a creditable 12th place.
He completed his qualifying in a strong seventh place and was to start the first race from the third row but as he struck up the Stauff Connect Academy DR Moto Moto3 machine in the holding area it developed a problem and he was forced to retire without even stepping foot on the circuit.
This resulted in Liam being placed on the back row of the grid in 31st place for the start of the second encounter on Sunday. He had a mammoth task ahead of him to even break into the top 20 but he was determined to give it his best shot to make up for the non-start in race one.
As the lights went out he got a fantastic start and by the end of lap one was up to 20th place passing 11 riders in the process. One lap later he was 18th and then 17th and on lap four he took up 16th place just outside a points scoring position.
He then began to reel in the group of riders someway ahead, catching and passing Max Cook on lap eight. But not content with that Liam wanted more and edged closer to latch onto the back of a group of three riders passing all three on lap nine to secure 12th place.
There was another faster group someway ahead and he got his head down and began to chip away at their lead catching them on the final lap. But although he was right with them he ran out of time and had to be content with 12th place.
Liam said: “Once I caught up with the group ahead I was keen to get past them and if I had just had one more lap I could have finished in the top 10. Looking at my times I was half a second faster than the three in front of me and could have taken them but it wasn’t to be. I am pleased with my performance as to come from 31st to 12th in just 12 laps was satisfying. Thanks to my team for getting the bike fixed so quickly for me and thanks to my sponsors and supporters for their continued faith in me.”
The next round of the HEL Performance Motostar is at Silverstone on September 10 when Liam will once again have two races to contest and will be seeking two strong results to move him back into the top 10 in the rider standings where currently he is 11th on 80 points.
Photo credit: Aaron Scott