Liam shakes off bad luck to take eighth place at Brands on his birthday weekend
Liam Delves didn’t have the best of luck at Brands Hatch last weekend when he crashed out of the Sprint race and finished in eighth place in Sunday’s Feature race in round four of the HEL Performance British Motostar championship on his DR Moto Moto3 KTM powered machine.
Supported by GR Motorsport WD40 team and Stauff Connect Academy, for round four of the HEL Performance British MotoStar Championship, the Solihull rider, who celebrated his 18th birthday on Sunday qualified well in seventh for his first race of the weekend and set off from the head of the third row at the start of the 12 lap Sprint race on Saturday.
But the distinctive yellow and green machine, handmade by Dean Reynolds of Reynolds Engineering in Milton Keynes only got as far as Druids Hairpin on the opening lap when he tangled with another rider in the middle of the tightly pack group of riders at the front of the field and went down. Luckily he was unhurt and was able to pick himself up and move to safety behind the Armco, but the rule book states that once off the bike in a crash you are not permitted to restart so that was the end of his race.
Liam said: “The rider behind was taken out and hit me so we both ended up in the gravel at the hairpin. Not his fault or mine, just one of those things!”
After the Stauff Connect Academy team worked to fix the DR Moto machine, Liam started the 14 lap feature race on Sunday from the fifth row. Delves settled into 10th place for the first four laps before passing Jack Nixon for ninth on lap five. He then passed Eugene McManus one lap later and then on lap seven he found himself elevated to seventh when Jack Scott crashed.
The pace was hot and the tightly packed group of riders was exchanging places at every corner. On Lap 12 Delves was holding a close eighth place within the group but on the last lap he was right with McManus. As they charged towards the chequered flag they were level but Delves was registered in eighth place just 45 thousandths of a second separating him from seventh place.
That was a close race,” said Liam. “I had passed McManus on the last lap but he just got ahead again on the drag to the flag. It was so close neither of us knew who had got there first but it turned out to be him by what could have only been a fraction of an inch.”
The next round is at Thruxton where Liam usually does well, with the racing taking place over the weekend of August 3-5.