Liam takes eighth at Donington despite arm pump
Liam Delves rode through the pain of arm pump to record an eighth place in the penultimate round of the Pirelli Junior National Superstock championship at Donington Park on Sunday.
The weather played its part in the results as free practice on Friday was affected by rain but the 21-year-old rider was pleased to find a good wet setting on the Cheshire Mouldings and Woodturnings Ltd Kawasaki ZX6RR powered by JR Performance when he found a great pace and finished the session in first place.
The forecast for Saturday was heavy rain and high winds which made for a difficult qualifying session but Liam rode very well to bring the bike home for a start from row two in fifth position for Sunday’s race.
Liam said: “After a mixed day one at Donington Park, happy with my wet setting but can make some changes for tomorrow’s qualifying session, if it’s dry.”
As the 14 lap race got underway on Sunday morning Liam took it steady at the start and was in 11th place after the first two laps. The weather had improved and although cold it was at least dry. By lap three he was up to 10th place and at the halfway stage of the race, he passed Adam Hartgrove to move up to ninth.
As the race progressed one of the front group of riders crashed which lifted Liam up to eighth and he completed the final five laps in eighth place to claim eight championship points.
Liam said: “By the midway stage of the race the dreaded, painful arm pump came into play causing me to have no feeling in my right arm; but I managed to hang on and hold my position to finish the race in eighth place. I will move on to Brands Hatch for the final round and try to end the season on a high.”
The eight points gained from Donington brings the total points haul to 113 and Liam remains in sixth position in the rider standings.
The final round, where Liam will have two races is at Brands Hatch over the weekend of October 15/17.