Liam takes three strong points finishes at Donington
Liam Delves secured three strong points finishes at Donington Park in round two of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship over the weekend where the series was a support class to the World Superbike championship round at the Leicestershire circuit.
In differing weather conditions, Liam qualified his JR Performance Kawasaki ZX6R in third place in the wet for the start of the first of the three races and took his place on the front row of the grid on a wet track.
As the lights went out he got a great start and settled into second place which he maintained for the first two laps. But as the race unfolded he began to fall back and crossed the finish line at the end of the 12 lap affair in 11th place to pick up five championship points.
He explained: “After fighting with the leaders for the first three laps something changed and I lost all feeling with the bike. I felt myself dropping down the order like a stone but tried my best to finish inside the points. I will regroup with my team and analyse all the data and fight hard in race two tomorrow.”
Both races on Sunday were run in dry conditions and Delves was forced to start his second race from a lowly grid position on the sixth row but after completing the first lap in 15th place he made gradual progress through the midfielders ending up in seventh position on lap 10 of 12. But with a rider falling directly ahead of him he was forced onto the grass dropping a couple of places in the process. On the last lap, the race was red-flagged and Liam was awarded a ninth-place finish and another seven championship points.
He said: “I realised starting from 17th on the grid it was going to be a challenge but I got my head down and worked through up to seventh. But at that point, another rider went down hard right in front of me causing me to go grass tracking along the start and finish straight which cost me two places.”
Starting his final race from the fourth row, Liam got away well and was soon up to sixth place and by the midway stage of the race he was up into fifth position. With a four-second gap between him and the fourth-placed rider he would have been happy to settle for fifth place. But on the final lap, one of the front runners ran wide and Liam was the benefactor as he was promoted to fourth place to pick up 13 championship points.
Liam said: “Starting from 11th place on the grid, I got away with a good start and instantly began to fight to make up places. I felt I had the pace to go with the leading group… I managed to make my way up to 5th place on lap 7, then someone In front of me ran on and I took advantage to jump into 4th spot and held it to the finish line. It’s been a Mega weekend at WSB, I’d like to thank all my team JR Performance for their hard work and everyone for their kind messages of support”
With no race at Knockhill Delves has a break until July 25 when he will return to action at Brands Hatch for round three of the current campaign.