Liam disappointed with Oulton Park weekend outcome but positive with pace
Liam Delves was at Oulton Park for round two of the HEL Performance British Motostar Championship at the Cheshire track and came away with a ninth and 10th place in his two races on his DR Moto Moto3 KTM powered machine. Supported by GR Motorsport WD40 team and Stauff Connect Academy.
Qualifying went well for the 17-year-old Solihull racer who secured a place on the second row for the start of the Sprint race on Sunday. But he didn’t get the best of starts and was swallowed up by the pack at the first turn and crossed the line to start lap two down in 10th position.
He settled into his race on the distinctive yellow and green machine, handmade by Dean Reynolds of Reynolds Engineering in Milton Keynes, and began to pick up places. Working his way through to seventh place on lap eight of 10 but on the final lap he was pursued by Eugene McManus and Taz Taylor and on the drag to the flag they both pulled out of the slipstream and overtook him leaving Delves to cross the finish line in ninth position just eight hundredths of a second away from them.
Liam commented: “I struggled in Race one today and got a rubbish start. I ended up in 15th position at turn two but managed to get my head down to make it back up to seventh but then got out dragged to the finish line to end up in ninth. I hope to improve for tomorrow.”
Starting the feature race from the middle of the fourth row Delves maintained his position on the opening lap waiting for the riders to settle down before making his move forward. On lap three he was up to ninth but was overtaken by American rider Brandon Paasch on lap five of 14.
He made a move on Eugene McManus to reclaim ninth place but when the backmarkers came into play on lap eight he was held up which allowed McManus to nip past him as they battled their way through the pack.
Liam maintained 10th place through the remainder of the laps to cross the finish line in that position and claim a further six championship points which bring his total to 25 and place him 10th in the rider standings after two rounds.
Liam said: “I finished race two in 10th place which is not where I wanted to be but I had a good pace and set my personal best time during the race. Unfortunately, the leading group was too far ahead for me to make any inroads to the front. I will now be working hard over the summer break in preparation for the next round. I would like to thank my team for all the help and hard work over the weekend and all my supporters and sponsors. I am just sorry I could not have delivered a better set of results this time.”
Liam now has an eight-week break until the next round which takes place at Knockhill on July 6-8.