Liam takes podium at rain-hit Thruxton
The rain denied Liam Delves the win at Thruxton in round four of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock Championship on Sunday when the race was stopped with one lap remaining.
The last time the series came to Thruxton was in 2019 and that resulted in a win for the young rider. He was hoping for the same result again this year but it wasn’t to be…
Free practice and qualifying went well for the 21-year-old rider who secured a front-row grid position as 2nd fastest rider. Then in warm-up he was the fastest rider in the short session.
Starting from the middle of the front row Delves settled into third place on the opening lap and made a move forward to second at the Club chicane. Two laps later he made the same move again at Club to take the lead but with eight riders all in the first group vying for position he found himself back down into third place on lap five.
As the race progressed positions were exchanged between the top three on numerous occasions and the three riders made a break from the pack on lap nine. With just half a second between them, it was any one of three that was to take the win. On lap 1 Delves was holding a strong third-place waiting for his chance to snatch the lead at Club on the penultimate lap but just as they approached Club the red flag came out to halt proceedings as the rain began to fall.
The result was declared at positions on lap 13 and Delves was awarded third place, his chance of the win was denied by the red flag but he did have the consolation of recording the fastest lap of the race with a 1m 18.33s – 108.20mph.
Liam said: “We managed to come away with a third-place on the JR Performance Kawasaki ZX6R636 but unfortunately the dreaded red flag came out with just one lap to go. I was planning on making the pass at the Club chicane on the last lap but my plans didn’t happen. But I was happy to take my first podium of the 2021 season and give a big thank you to all my team for turning out a mega bike and all for their hard work this weekend. Also all my Sponsors for keeping me out on track and all my friends, family and followers for their continued support.”
Liam retains his fifth place in the rider standings on 66 points and moves on to Donington Park in two weeks’ time for round five of the highly competitive series.