Snetterton 300 race report
Everything was going so smoothly for Liam Delves in round two of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship on Sunday as he qualified in third place for the start of the race. But his race came to a dramatic end when he was squeezed between two riders and brought down unhurt with his aspirations of a top result over.
Throughout free practice and qualifying Delves was riding well, steadily building his pace and completed his qualifying in third place on the Santander Salt TAG Racing Yamaha R6 but his free practice was not without problems.
Liam spoke after qualifying: “We had a few issues with the strong wind and also the gearing was way out, but we put four teeth on and a softer spring as well and it seemed to work. The wind was not so bad for our qualifying session and I was able to secure a front-row start to the race. If I can get a good start I am hopeful a podium finish.”
As the lights went out for the start of Sunday morning’s 12 lap affair Liam slotted into fourth place behind championship leader Ben Luxton. He was in the mix for third place but became closely sandwiched between two other riders and was taken down while challenging for third place at Agostini corner.
A very disappointed Liam said: “Well that’s my weekend over! I got away with the leading group and started to move forward, and then I got sandwiched between two other riders that were out of control trying to win the race on lap three. I will regroup and be ready to attack at Silverstone in two weeks’ time.
“I would like to say a big thank you to all my team for a great setup and a great weekend and all my sponsors for believing in me and everyone for the kind messages of support.”