25th Oct, 2016

Liam Delves scores well at Brands Hatch

Solihull Editorial 18th Mar, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

LIAM Delves rode the Moto-Engineering GP125 Honda to a brace of second places plus two more top ten finishes in the first round of the North Gloucester Club event at Brands Hatch over the weekend.

The 14-year-old was taking part in his first meeting of the season at Brands Hatch and put up an impressive display.

After qualifying in the GP125 class, the Smiths Sports College student was the second GP125 rider to cross the finish line but two more powerful KTM250 machines plus a Moto3 bike completed the race ahead of him which meant that he was awarded the points for fifth place.

Liam also contested the EDP Open 500 race where he finished the nine lap qualifier in a creditable seventh place and once again was the second GP125 rider home.

After overnight rain and light drizzle the racing was marred by many crashes and red flags. But Liam took it all in his stride and qualified second in the GP125 class before completing the eight lap qualifying race in second place and he went on to cross the finish line in second position setting the fastest lap of the race with a 1m 03.08s lap – (69.62 mph.)

The final race of the weekend for Liam was the Open 500 and after finishing fourth in qualifying he crossed the finish line in a strong fourth position at the end of eight laps.

After two races in each class Liam is nicely positioned at second in the GP125 class on 31 points while he is fourth in the Open 500s with 22 points. The next round is over the weekend of April 11/12 at the Lincolnshire track of Cadwell Park.

“I gained great confidence on the new bike with lap times coming down every session.” said Delves.

“There were many crashes and disruptions but overall I was happy with my performance on my first outing with the bike.

“Thanks to Moto-Engineering for providing me with a superb bike and their help throughout the weekend. I have a long way to go and have to learn a lot with the GP125 bike but this weekend was a start and I can only get better and stronger with more experience on it.”