17th Sep, 2019

Delves wants more despite solid showing at Oulton Park

Ben Tyler 9th Sep, 2019

SUCCESSIVE finishes of seventh at Oulton Park have lifted Liam Delves up to eighth in the overall standings in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship.

Despite the consistency displayed during rounds nine and ten, Delves believes he was well placed to finish higher in the rankings.

“Seventh is not where I wanted to be, as I feel I was capable of being nearer the front,” he said.

“But it is what it is, and I have picked up some points which move me up to eighth overall so I’m happy enough.”

Qualifying in ninth on Saturday, Delves opened race one from the third row on the grid and suffered a slow start to proceedings.

He began to find his pace in lap two and promptly moved up to tenth with an overtake of Simon Reid, before capitalising on a crash in lap six to move up to ninth.

Gaining further ground to move into seventh a lap later, Delves held his position for the remainder of the race to put him in good stead for race two the following day.

The Solihull rider felt a sense of deja vu in Sunday’s contest, again slipping to 11th after a slow opening lap.

Passing James Alderson in lap two and continuing to find his rhythm, Delves was in eighth by lap eight and continued to search for more – speeding past Louis Valleley with three laps remaining.

He held his position of seventh until the chequered flag, ensuring another nine points were added to his Championship total.

Delves returns for round 11 of the Championship in just over three weeks time, when heading for Donington Park on the weekend of October 4th to the 6th.

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