Happy to announce I am ridding for team appleyard macadam racing for the rest of the year thank you to Robbin and the rest of the team for taken me on and my sponsors SRS and Swindon karting for supporting me through the year can't wait to get started
This weekend was round 10 of 12 of the British Supersports Championship , and it has been a very tough season so far for Luke, the first half of the year Luke was riding for Gearlink and after being plagued with constant technical problem Luke and the team parted company, which left Luke with out a ride this all happened after Round 5. For round 6 Luke competed in the stock 1000 Championship after G& S Kawasaki jumped to Luke's aid. This went really well and the team we're great but Luke really wanted to finish the session out back in Supersport and thankfully team Apple yard Macadam Racing and Luke joined forces for the following round. This went really well the team have been Brilliant. Luke had a really good result in the first race with them finishing in 6th, but since then Luke's result have dropped of a bit, the team have brought some new parts and both Luke and the team have been having problems trying to set them up.
Going into this weekend ,For the 2 practice sessions and qualifying Luke was still struggling to get into the top ten ,So after a long discussion and a lot of thought the team and Luke had an idea and decided to put the bike back to how it was the first time Luke rode it, this was a risk but it was a risk worth doing, the only thing was this change happen for race 1 so they had to put a rough setting in and hope it was good for Luke, it wasn't 100% perfect but Luke had much more feeling on the bike and was able to push through from 12th place off the grid to finishing in 8th place.
The team made some more changes over night and Luke got the chance to try these out in the 8 minute warm up session on Sunday morning Luke was 6th fastest and felt really good and really confident for race 2 later that day.
Luke had to start race 2 from 13th position so it was really important for Luke to get a good start and he did just that, he got a brilliant start gaining 2 places and by lap 4 Hedger had gained another 2 positions. The next 4 laps Luke and fellow racer also called Luke set there sights on 7th place closing the gap very quickly , Luke Jones managed to get passed 7th place Currie on lap 10 leaving Hedger in an exciting 8 lap battle with Currie for 8th place this was amazing to watch both riders constantly changing places and it was extremely close over the finishing line.Luke also set the 6th fastest lap time in the race.
This weekend has been a very good confident' s builder for young Hedger with 2 very good 8th places.
And now with the massive steps that have been made in such a short space of time this weekend both Luke and the team have a good base to finish the session on a high.
Luke says “ I don't want to dwell on the bad things for the beginning of this year but it has made it really difficult for me.
I have had so much support through out all this from my friends and family, and I finally feel settled, Team Appleyard and my sponsors have had my back through all this and I am so grateful to every one that has stood by me, SRS and Swindon Karting especially have be there for me not just as sponsors but also very close friends. And I am now in a good place and hope fully the result will follow”
The next round see's all 3 British classes go to the only European round on the calender to the Assen TT circuit in the Netherlands in 2 weeks time, and Luke now with a new confidence is really looking forward to continue moving. forwards.