Liam ends 2021 season on a high at Brands
Liam Delves ended his 2021 season with a podium and a sixth place in the final two races of the Pirelli National Junior Superstock championship at Brands Hatch and ends this year in sixth place overall.
Free practice went well for the 21-year-old rider who was second in the overall combined timing results. But the weather played it part in qualifying as the rain spoiled things after just five laps of the session and Liam ended up qualifying in 5th place starting the first race from the middle of the second row.
Riding the Cheshire Mouldings & Woodturnings Ltd Kawasaki ZX6RR, powered by JR Performance Liam anticipated the lights really well and slotted straight into third place at Paddock Hill on the opening lap.
On lap two he passed George Stanley to move up to second and by the half way stage of the 12 laps he was dicing for the lead with Zac Corderoy. He was passed briefly by Stanley but on lap nine he was back into second place which he held to the chequered flag.
Liam said: “With my Mom on the pit board, I knew exactly what was going on behind. I knew he was coming but luckily I had the pace to just stay in front and get the second place.”
Starting the second race on Sunday from a front row grid position Liam didn’t get off the line well and found himself boxed in at Paddock Hill this pushed him down to 11th place. But as always, never giving up, he got his head down and concentrated on picking off the riders ahead and on the penultimate lap he overtook Stanley to move into sixth place. He maintained this position through the final two laps to secure sixth place at the flag.
Liam said: “After a bad start in the second race I was down in 11th place but I caught up to the leading group and finished in sixth place. That is the end of my year with JR Performance and I want to thank the team for all their support over this season, I ended on a high and gave them a podium and a 6th place in my last race of 2021 with them. I really want to give a huge thanks to my loyal sponsors and of course my family and friends who once again have supported me throughout the season.”
With the points secured from the two races at Brands Hatch Liam has secured his sixth place in the final standings on 143 points.
He will now take a bit of time out from a busy year and will soon announce his plans for 2022.