After only 6 laps of FP1 Luke Hedger found himself up in the top ten of the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championship but extremely bad weather was to deny him any more laps of the 3.6 mile, famous circuit as standing water on Stowe made it impossible. Free Practice 2 was to be no better as he had even less time on track with 5 laps before thunder and lightening closed in on the circuit making it far to dangerous to take any further part.
This was not good for the team, as they had no time to experiment with different settings so experience and relying on what little data they had was to determine the rest of the weekend and although it was not the podium result that Hedger so desperately wants, he gained valuable points to place him up in 8th place in the championship table and only 16 points away from 7th
Luck was not on the Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championships side as qualifying was also cut short and Hedger once again only got 4 laps in before having to pull in due to yet another storm all the riders never went back out. 12th position put him on row 4 of the grid for Sundays single race, so he knew he had to focus on getting a good start.
39 riders prepared themselves on the grid at the start of the race, with Hedger on row 4 he had the first corner in his sights. The sound was deafening as the red lights went out and they all set off. Luke, on the EHA Racing Aprilia watched and waited in his position until it was a good, safe place to overtake Dean Hipwell; which he did but the pack in front soon broke off and he could not catch them up. He crossed the line in 11th place giving him 5 points.
Hedger: “Overall the weekend has been very disappointing for me and my guys in the EHA Racing team. Lack of track time and inconsistent weather didn't help us out with bike set up – that’s the long and short of it. My qualifying let me down and it was a hard race. We had the pace at the end of the race, but I was too far back at that point to make it count. We are looking towards Oulton this coming week now, where we know we have good pace and I want to be on the podium without a doubt.”i would just like to say thank you to SRS and Swindon Karting for your support”.
The penultimate round of the championship takes place this coming weekend at Oulton Park in Cheshire.15th-17th September.
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