Liam has strong finish to 2020 season at Brands Hatch
The Santander Salt TAG Racing team rider headed home from the 2020 Bennetts British Superbike Championship after a strong final race weekend. Liam secured fifth place in the final championship standings when he got 2 strong fourth places at Brands Hatch, the final round of the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 600 championship on Sunday.
After a good free practice session in cold and mixed conditions on Friday, Liam headed into Saturday’s qualifying session full of confidence of gaining good grid positions. Qualifying didn’t go completely to the team’s plan, Liam endured a damp track for his qualifying session, but worked his way neatly into 12th place for the opening race on Saturday afternoon.
He explained: “It was not the qualifying position I wanted but the conditions were dodgy, damp patches made the track slippery in places. I have left myself a lot of work to do in the first race to get myself up into contention.”
From the lights going out, Liam made a good start and worked his way into the top ten. On lap two he had made up five places to seventh and set off to catch the group ahead. On lap six he caught and passed Jack Nixon, then Zac Corderoy and two laps later dispatched with George Stanley to move into fourth position. By mid-race distance he had settled in and sat on the back of the leading group. With two laps to go, still in fourth Liam spent the last laps of the race right with the top three riders. When they crossed the finish line he was just over half a second away from a podium finish.
Liam said: “I had a mega race on Saturday on my R6, I came through the pack from 12th on the grid and finished in P4 just 0.513 of a second from the win. Again I’d like to thank all my TAG team for their hard work and support and everyone for their kind messages of support, and of course all my loyal sponsors for giving me this opportunity.”
Starting the final race of the 2020 season from the excellent starting position of 4th, on row two, Liam settled into his race pace. By mid-race and after setting the fastest lap, Liam once again reached fourth place on lap nine of 12, on the back of the leading group. He was right with the leaders until the flag, eventually crossing the line in fourth, just one-tenth of a second off the podium.
Liam said: “We have had a mega weekend here at Brands Hatch and I just missed out on the podium once again although I did manage to set a new personal best lap time which is good. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at TAG Racing for another perfect weekend and my Sponsors and followers for all their continued support.”
“It’s been an amazing season really, one that I’m happy with. I wanted to end this year with at least a podium, but I just missed out in both races with two fourths, but we’ve finished fifth in the Championship and I’m happy with that.”