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Liam Delves ends successful 2015 season with points at Brands Hatch

Solihull Editorial 22nd Oct, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TEENAGER Liam Delves wrapped his season up with two points finishes in the final round of the British Motostar GP125 championship at Brands Hatch on Sunday.

The-year-old did not have the best of weekends but managed to qualify in fourth place to make a start in the sprint race from the sixth row of a mixed grid comprising of Moto3 and GP125 machines.

As the race got under way, the Smiths Wood Sports College student made a poor start and completed the first lap down in fifth place.

He was pushed back to sixth on lap three but fought his way back to fifth where he remained to the chequered flag to pick up 11 championship points which added to his previous total left him just one point away from third place in the overall standings.

A good result in the feature race could have seen him secure third place but it was not to be as Delves got a bad start and then was pushed on to the gravel at Paddock Hill on the first lap.

Delves re-joined but was dead last with a monumental task to even get on terms with the back markers let along score sufficient points to claim his third place.

But once he regained his composure Delves began to reel in the riders some way ahead and moved up to tenth at the midway stage of the 12-lap affair.

A tough battle with Jamie Edwards for position followed and the pair exchanged places on more than one occasion but Edwards finally got the better of him.

But when Tasia Rodink retired that left the way clear to Liam to claim tenth place at the flag to pick up six championship points although sadly it was not enough for him to take the third place he had his eye on as he ended on 249 points, just six shy of Andy Sawford.

Although he could not claim his third place he did however have the honour of being the only GP125 rider to score points in every single race this season which is a great achievement for one so young.

“I am a little disappointed I couldn’t make the third place but to finish fourth in my first season in this class is an achievement for me,” said Delves.

“Thanks must go to all my sponsors and supporters who have been there for me throughout the campaign. Pete Banks of Banks Racing for giving me the chance to ride his fantastic bike and Oxford Products for my HJC helmets that have protected me so well.”