19th Oct, 2017

Brace of wins for Liam Delves at Thruxton track

Solihull Editorial 13th Aug, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

LIAM Delves maintained his series lead in both the GP125 and Open 500 categories after securing a brace of wins on his second visit to Thruxton in the space of a week.

The 15-year-old was moved up to run alongside the 250 riders which is much more beneficial to the Smiths Wood Sports College student as instead of a qualifying race the 250 machines are given a 15 minute qualifying session. Liam completed the session in 19th place overall and was first in his class.

In the GP125 class Delves rode well in the eight lap race and crossed the finish line to take all 25 championship points setting a best lap of 1m.29.82s – 94.52mph.

But he did not fare so well in Saturday’s EDP Open 500 race as although he was ninth in the qualifying race he was forced out of the main race with a mechanical problem.

The weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday with heavy rain making conditions bad the riders who could hardly see where they were going.

But this did not deter the Moto-Engineering/Crucial Sauces rider who once again won in the GP125 class with a best lap of 1m 39.40s – 83.69mph.

In the Open 500 race he was ninth in the qualifying race to make a start from the sixth row in the championship race where he finished the seven laps in a strong fifth position.

The results from the Thruxton round extend Liam’s lead in the GP125 class to a fantastic 129 points and although he suffered a non finish in the first of the two Open 500 races he remains in charge at the top of the standings with a 29 point advantage.

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