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
Round 7 of the Dickies British Supersport Championship held at Brands Hatch in Kent, Saw the return of Luke Hedger to the championship , after signing for his new Team Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha.
Luke went out in FP1 just getting used to the bike and setting it up to suit his riding style, but still managed to set a very respectable time of 1.30.007, just 1.4 seconds of pole, ending the session in 13th.
For FP2 the team made some big changes after speaking with Luke. Luke felt a lot more comfortable and went nearly a second faster and also closed up on the pole sitter now just 0.8 seconds away, finishing Fridays practice in 8th.
Saturday was a very busy day for the Supersport class because they had qualifying and two races to fit in. Qualifying went really well for Hedger considering he was still getting used to the Yamaha R6.His fastest lap time was a second faster from his practice time of a 1.29.013 so will start Race 1 from 11th.
As the lights went out for race 1 Luke got a brilliant start gaining 2 places of the line and made steady progress through out the race by the end of the 12 lap race Luke went across the line in 6th place this was a brilliant achievement for Luke and Team Appleyard Macadam racing.
Race 2 later that afternoon Luke was hoping for a similar result, He got another very good start and by half way through the race Luke had already fought his way through to 8th place, but unfortunately he wasn't to see the chequered flag the front tyre tucked on him causing him to crash out on lap 8, Luke was OK but the bike crashed heavily, leaving the team with a lot of work to do for Sunday's race.
Early morning warm up gave Luke the chance to see how the bike was after the crash the day before the team had done an amazing job, the bike felt really good and he set his fastest lap of the weekend so far he ended the 10 minuet session in 4th place.
Luke felt really confident for the last race of the weekend and was hoping he could reward the team for all the hard work with a podium.
Race 3 was a very incident packed race only a with a 3rd of the grid managing to finish the race, the race was stop after just 4 lap due to 2 competitors crashing out and just a couple of laps in to the restarted race the safety car had to be deployed as another rider fell, Luke was doing OK but he new he had a problem, he was having problems getting the bike into gear, he managed to keep fighting as long as he could at this point he was in 11th position but on lap 8 his gear box finally give up on him and he had to retire.
Luke said” I have had an amazing weekend although I only managed to finish 1 out of 3 races me and Team Appleyard Macadam have gelled really well and I'm gutted that I couldn't bring the team some better results, and I am really sorry that I crashed in race two. But I'm sure with how well we are working together that the result will soon change we have proved the pace of the bike this weekend and I am proud to be part of there team.” I would like to thank the team for all there hard work this weekend and also all my sponsors especially SRS and Swindon Karting “
Round 7 is in two weeks time at Cadwell park up in Lincolnshire and Luke is really excited to get back working with his team.