TEENAGER Liam Delves is destined for a bright future in motorsport after securing the GP125 class Championship title at his first attempt.
Riding for the Moto Engineering team, the Smiths Wood Sports College student won eight of the 13 races and finished second in three others to score massive 271 points, with a 202 point advantage over Adrian Bowman on 69.
The 15-year-old was at Pembrey for the final round of his championship at the weekend and began each of his two races from pole position, taking the win with ease to be crowned champion.
He also contested the EDP Open 500 championship where he was riding amongst a grid full of much faster and more powerful machines.
Up until the final round, Delves was leading the class and did enough in his first race on Saturday to maintain his lead. But he was relegated to the runner-up spot on Sunday when he finished the second race in fifth place while nearest rival Paul Metcalfe was third.
When the points were added Metcalfe had a total of 161 while Delves was just three points adrift on 158 – a great achievement for one so young and on a very much smaller machine.
“I would like to say a big thank you to Paul and Max at Moto-Engineering for a great opportunity this season and choosing me to ride their GP125 in this year’s NG Road Racing championships,” said Delves.
“I have had a great season with the team and NG, I won the GP125 championship and took the open 500 championship to the last race to finish as runner up missing out by just three points to a 250cc GP bike.
“I would also like to thank everyone at NG Road Racing for all the support this season, not forgetting the Marshals and medics that have looked after me, plus my Sponsors that keep me going and Craig Harriman for supplying all the great pictures for us at the NG rounds and everyone else that believes in me.”
Delves will receive his championship winning trophy at the NGRR presentation night later in the year. He now turns his attention to the British Motostar championship where he currently holds fifth place in the GP125 class.
The penultimate round of the series is at Silverstone this weekend as a support class to the British Superbike championship. Delves will be seeking two solid results to maintain his position in the rider standings and reduce the gap between himself in fifth place and Cameron Horsman who holds fourth just 28 points ahead.