Liam takes the positives away from disappointing Brands Hatch round
Liam Delves’ progress was thwarted by the weather at Brands Hatch on Sunday in round six of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship when the race was halted on lap nine of 12 when the rain brought out the red flag and a result called at positions on lap eight when Delves was sitting in a strong eighth position.
Liam had been going well on Friday and ended the free practice sessions in 4th position on the JR Performance ZX6R636 Kawasaki but a change in weather conditions on Saturday left Delves with a difficult decision on tyre choice. He explained: “We went with a wet front and dry rear and felt fairly comfortable. I finished the session in 8th position and will start the race on Sunday morning from the middle of the third row.”
But thunderstorms were forecast for Sunday and. as the riders completed their warm-up lap, thunder was heard around the Kent Circuit with the dark clouds threatening rain. The riders were all on dry weather tyres so it was fingers crossed for a dry race.
As the lights went out to herald the start of the 12 lap affair Delves settled into ninth place and immediately entered into a four-way battle for fifth place which continued with positions exchanging between them on every lap. Delves made it through to sixth on lap seven but was beaten back to eighth one lap later.
But as the leaders began the ninth lap the rain began to fall and in the interests of rider safety, the race was red-flagged. A result was declared on positions on lap eight which meant that Liam was denied the chance to finish higher up the order and was awarded 8th position and eight championship points which bring his total to 50 and consolidate his fifth place in the rider standings.
Liam said: “It’s been a difficult weekend with every weather condition thrown in. I managed to complete my race in eighth after fighting my way up to 5th position the rain came and a red flag finished the race early. A disappointing result to come away with but we have some positives to take to Thruxton this coming weekend. I would like to thank my team for all their hard work and everyone who came along to support me.”