Top ten performance from Liam Delves at Donington Park

It was a challenging weekend for Liam Delves and the Santander Salt TAG Racing outfit at the penultimate round of the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship, with mother nature cutting down track time on Saturday, Delves rode maturely in drying conditions on Sunday to come home in ninth.
Friday’s free practice sessions saw Delves and his team work hard on making him feel comfortable onboard his R6, whilst gaining valuable data in the afternoon’s wet session, ahead of what was forecast to be a damp Saturday and Sunday.

On Friday evening MSVR, the series organisers, made the decision to change Saturday’s schedule to accommodate the poor forecasted weather, meaning that Liam’s qualifying would be cancelled, forcing him to start Sunday’s race from 14th on the grid following his combined free practice times.

Due to a full cancelation of action on Saturday, Sunday’s timetable was full of races from 9:25am, with Liam’s race due to get underway at midday.

As the lights went out to signal the start of the battle, Liam made a great start on a drying track, but was pushed out wide in the opening sequence of corners, dropping him down to 20th after the first lap.

However, he quickly regained his composure and after a safety car deployment, the race fired back into life with seven laps remaining.

The 19-year-old began to pick his way through the field, improving on his lap times each lap, eventually making his way into ninth place on the final lap, holding off Simon Reid at flag.

Liam Delves: “It’s been a strange weekend really, we started off ok and we made some changes to the bike to make me feel a little more confident in certain areas of the track, but then the rain came.

“The organisers made the correct call to cancel Saturday because the weather would have impossible to ride in, it was not pleasant at all. So, we focussed on Sunday, starting from 14th wasn’t ideal at all, far from it, I knew I had a lot of work to do but I was ready for it.

“The track was quite tricky, it was damp in some places and drying in others, so to work my way into ninth from 20th after the opening lap I’m reasonably happy. It’s a shame that the title is out of our reach now, but it makes me hungrier to put in a big challenge at Brands Hatch.”

Team manager Gary Winfield“This weekend has a been a challenge, the weather caused mayhem and that cut our track time down massively, but I’m pleased with the way Liam rode in the race.

“To work his way into ninth after being as far back as 20th was fantastic, especially given the track conditions. It’s shame we can’t win the Championship now, but we’ll give it our all at Brands to get Liam on the podium in both races.”

Liam now sits sixth in the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship on 49 points with two races remaining.

The team now have a two-week break before heading south to Brands Hatch for the final round of the 2020 Bennetts BSB season.