Liam Delves takes 9th and 7th place in two close races in Knockhill in BSB Motostar
It’s been a long eight weeks since Liam Delves was last in race action on his DR Moto Moto3 KTM powered machine, in early May but he was back in action last weekend (July 6-8) when he travelled up to Knockhill in Scotland. Supported by GR Motorsport WD40 team and Stauff Connect Academy, for round three of the HEL Performance British MotoStar Championship Liam recorded a ninth and seventh place in the two close and exciting races.
The 17-year-old Solihull rider had been running well within the top three during free practice and was lying in third place during the early stages of qualifying before tipping off unhurt at turn two.
Liam said: “Unfortunately I crashed early on in qualifying at turn two; I was holding third place and had just started to get into a good rhythm. After sitting out the rest of the session I ended up in eighth place and will start the sprint race from the middle of the third row.”
After a lot of hard work by the team the Stauff Connect Academy DR Moto machine was up and ready for the Sprint race with Liam setting off from the third row to settle into eighth place on the first lap. He was pushed back to ninth on lap three and although he briefly moved forward to eighth on lap 16 of 18 he was unable to maintain the position and crossed the finish line in ninth position to pick up seven championship points.
Starting the Feature race on the distinctive yellow and green machine, handmade by Dean Reynolds of Reynolds Engineering in Milton Keynes, from the third row on Sunday Liam settled into ninth position on the opening lap. He was pushed back to 10th on lap two but reclaimed the position again one lap later. He was riding in a group of four riders all fighting for sixth place and the four exchanged positions on every lap.
On lap eight a rider ahead crashed out of the race which promoted Delves up into sixth position which he held until lap 15 when Chris Taylor edged past him. But then one of the leaders crashed which gifted Liam fifth place once more. On lap 18 he moved past Taylor to take up fourth place but two laps later Ed Best managed a pass which demoted Delves back to fifth place.
On the final lap two more riders got the better run to the hairpin and Liam found himself in seventh place where he remained on the run to the flag to take seventh place and nine championship points with less than half a second covering the three riders.
This strong set of results brings Liam Delves’ total points to 41 and moves him up to joint seventh in the overall standings.
The next round is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of July 20-22 when Delves will be seeking two top results to edge him nearer to a top five position in the rider standings.