25th Oct, 2016

Liam Delves remains upbeat after Oulton Park ride

Steve Carpenter 15th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

TEENAGER Liam Delves is determined to focus on the positives after claiming nine British Motostar Championship points at Oulton Park over the weekend.

The teenager was involved in just one race at the Cheshire track due to a lack of time and he finished seventh in his category and 21st overall to claim a handful of points which puts him eighth in the overall standings on 151 points.

Instead of just one free practice, Delves got extra track time with two sessions which he completed in fourth and second place on Friday.

The combined qualifying placed him in fifth place in his class, the HEL Performance British Motostar Moto3 Standard and he began the race in seventh row of the mixed grid of standard and GP riders.

Delves said: “I had a good day in qualifying here at Oulton Park setting my personal best lap time around this circuit which is good considering I was using my tyres from Cadwell Park!”

As the lights went out, Delves did not get away well and was pushed down to eighth position in class and 24th overall.

Delves made it past Storm Stacey on lap three and began to reel in the riders ahead before eventually getting on terms with Thomas Strudwick, who passed him on lap nine of 12.

The Solihull rider eventually crossed the finish line in seventh place and despite the disappointing result, Delves remains optimistic looking ahead.

“It was not the result we really wanted as I finished in seventh place but there are a lot of highs to come away with,” he added.

“I have gone faster than ever before at Oulton. I would like to thank everyone who helps to keep me racing, all my sponsors, friends and family, it is really appreciated.

“I would also like to wish my teammate Ed Rendell a speedy recovery after his heavy crash today on the last corner of the last lap.”

It is a quick turnaround for Delves and the team at Banks Racing as the next round is at Donington Park this weekend.

The Championship reverts back to a two race event with free practice on Friday followed by the first qualifying session later that day.

Final qualifying is on Saturday that will set the grid for the ten-lap sprint race and a short warm-up will commence on Sunday ahead of the feature race on the same day.