A PRODUCTIVE sixth round of the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship has sent Liam Delves up to 13th in the rankings, after a ninth-place finish at Snetterton.
Delves now sits on 26 points at the halfway mark of the season, and was left pleased with his final position after a a difficult start to free practice and qualifying.
“Once again I got caught out by the rain during my qualifying session, but I manage to lose over two-and-a-half seconds from my free practice time,” he said.
“I managed to get away to a good start but got pushed wide in turn one, getting swallowed up by the pack.
“I knew I had the pace to run with the guys in the top ten so I got my head down and focused on the group and managed to finish in ninth position.
“It’s still not where I would like to be, but I’m moving forward in the right direction with Team VMR Kawasaki.”
A 12th place in qualifying set Delves up for a fourth row grid position for the main event, and initially dropped to 15th on the first lap after being boxed in at the first corner.
But after finding some pace in lap two, Delves slowly crept back up to 12th, before rising to tenth midway through the race.
An overtake of TJ Toms with two laps remaining inspired the Solihull rider to challenge Ed Best for eighth place, though Best held on to his position by the finest of margins.
Delves now prepares himself for round seven at Thruxton over the first weekend of August (2-4), where he hopes to make a push for the top ten in the rankings.