Delves riding solo as Winfield sits out home round at Donington Park
Liam Delves will ride solo this weekend as the Santander Salt TAG Racing team head home to Donington Park with the teenager aiming to close the points gap to the Championship leader, as Shaun Winfield is forced to sit out due to a shoulder injury sustained at Oulton Park.
Delves and the team head to Donington Park full of confidence as they look to bounce back from a tough double header in Cheshire.
Liam sits 71 points behind Ben Luxton who leads the way, and with 75 points left on the table, Delves knows that victory is the only option at his, and the teams home track.
Following his crash in qualifying at Oulton Park the 19-year-old has recovered well and has trained hard. He is now fully focussed on producing a strong result and keeping himself in the Championship fight.
Following more than seven days of rehab after dislocating his shoulder at the previous round, Shaun Winfield has been informed by doctors and his physio to sit out the penultimate round of the season.
His recovery is on track and progressing well, but the injury hasn’t heeled in time to be fit for his home round. Shaun is now setting his sights on taking to the track at the final round at Brands Hatch.
Shaun Winfield: “I’m gutted not to be riding this weekend, but after speaking to multiple doctors and physios they are concerned about the fracture and lack of strength in my shoulder at this time. It is the best decision for the long term strength and recovery of my shoulder.
“I tried to ride my Indian road bike but it was painful and it is worse when I’m in a racing position on my stock bike. I’m fully focussed on getting fit ahead of the final round and i’m already looking forward to getting back to getting back out at Brands Hatch.”
Liam Delves: “I’m really excited for this weekend at Donington Park, it’s important that we focus hard to make a better weekend than we did at Oulton.
“We’ve fully regrouped and we’re raring to go, we’ve got a slim chance of catching the Championship leader and this weekend we must win, it’s simple, and everyone knows that.
“Donington is great circuit, especially the GP circuit, it’s my home circuit and i want to put in a good performance. I’m flying solo this weekend, it’s not ideal for Shaun but he’ll come back stronger at the final round.”
Team manager Gary Winfield: “It’s going to be very strange this weekend, for the first time we’ll only have one rider competing this weekend, and that is a strange feeling.
“Firstly, it’s a real shame for Shaun, he’s worked incredibly hard to get fit ahead of this weekend, he was desperate to ride but he was informed yesterday that it wouldn’t be possible and we have to respect that. He’s now fully focussed on getting fit for the final round at Brands Hatch.
“It’s an important weekend for Liam, it’s quite simple for him and for us, we must win the race to stay in with a chance of staying in touch with the title battle. But we’re confident we can do that, the GP is slightly different than the National circuit but we’re confident of achieving a good result.”