October 1st, 2016

Teenager Delves impresses with Snetterton showing

Teenager Delves impresses with Snetterton showing Teenager Delves impresses with Snetterton showing
Updated: 5:42 pm, Jun 30, 2015

LIAM Delves recorded a points finish in each of his two races in Round Four of the Motostar British championship to move up to seventh place in the rider standings.

The Smiths Wood Sports College student was in action again in Snetterton over the weekend where he brought his total for the season up to 65 points.

It was Delves’ first appearance at the Norfolk circuit and he spent the free practice session learning his way around the intricate track layout.

Riding in the Banks Racing Honda 125cc GP machine, the 14-year-old was able to ride through the niggling issues that the weekend threw up and managed to qualify in tenth position in his class.

On a starting grid mixed with 125gp and Moto3 machines, Delves did not get off to the best of starts and was positioned last at the start of lap ten.

But the teenager managed to get his head down and reeled in the back markers, fighting his way through to a fine ninth position at the chequered flag.

Sunday’s feature race went much better and starting from the 11th row, Delves was quick to make up places and moving through the field he got up to sixth position on lap three.

But on the following lap he was beaten back to seventh and remained in that position to the chequered flag after 12 laps of the gruelling Norfolk course.

“The issues with the bike continued throughout the weekend but I managed to change my riding style to accommodate the problem and enjoyed a good ride setting a personal best lap time in the second race of 2m 8.438s – 81.79mph,” said Delves.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Wilcox for his help over the weekend and also Scott Leathers for preparing my race suit in time plus Oxford Products for the supply of my HJC helmets. I am very grateful for your support.”

The next round will be another learning curve for Delves as he travels north of the border into Scotland to Knockhill over the weekend of July 3-5.

This is another circuit he has never ridden and once again he will have to concentrate on learning his way around the track before he can set a good lap time.

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