LIAM Delves expressed his delight after recording a third-place finish in his class and 14th overall in the ninth round of the British Motostar Championship at Oulton Park on Sunday.
On only his second visit to the Cheshire circuit, Delves rode well to qualify in sixth place in the GP125 class and 23rd overall in the mixed grid consisting of GP125 and the more powerful Moto3 machines.
Setting off from an eighth row grid position, the Smiths Wood Sports college student did not get the best of starts and dropped a place down to seventh on the first lap.
But as the race progressed the teenager settled into his race rhythm and began to move forward up to sixth on lap four and then fifth on lap six.
By lap eight Delves was circulating in fourth place and battling with Mark Clayton with the pair exchanging positions through the next few laps, but Delves finally made his move stick and began to pull away from Clayton.
He now had the championship leader Josh Owens in his sights and Delves did well to overtake his rival on the penultimate lap and cross the finish line just a tenth of a second ahead of Owens to secure third place in his class.
After a post-race check, one of the Moto3 riders was excluded from the results and this elevated Delves up to 14th place overall.
The 15-year-old had a special guest watching him race on Sunday with Danny Kent, who is leading the World Moto3 championship, coming along to support Delves.
“I would like to thank Danny Kent and his family for all their support and sponsorship this weekend,” said Delves. “I had a fantastic time at Oulton Park and my lap time was improving in every session.
“I had a really tough race but managed to finish third and was delighted to have beaten the championship leader.
“I would like to thank Pete Banks and all my team for their hard work over the weekend and also all my sponsors, especially Oxford Products for their continued support. That’s my best result this year so I am well pleased.”
The next round is at Assen in the Netherlands over the weekend September 18-20 where Delves will have to learn his way around a circuit he has not ridden before.