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Hedger is progressing well
The MCE British Superbikes made their way to Cheshire’s Oulton Park this bank holiday weekend, with races featuring on both the Sunday and Monday.
Luke Hedger, 21 from Yate was ready and raring to go on the Saturday free practice 1 and 2, getting quality time on the bike allowing him to work with his team technicians and mechanics to get the best set up.
Ending up 0.5 off the third spot himself and Team EHA Racing were ecstatic ending day one with a great result of 8th and 10th.
Day 2 meant only one thing, qualifying for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship. As Hedger gathered his thoughts in the garage, the tyre warmers came off as the siren went off to start the 30minute session.
6 laps in, he found himself in 4th placing him on to the second row of the grid for the start and with only one race this weekend it was important to get an advantageous position for a great start.
Within a couple of minutes the positioning’s had rearranged themselves dramatically with Adam Jenkinson scrapping into 2nd place ahead of Danny Buchan. Fraser Rodgers just piped Hedger on lap 10 put him down to 6thplace. Luke pulled in to pit lane on lap 14 to call it a day just short of the chequered flag. EHA Racing were ecstatic with the result and Hedger was happy with the progression he had made.
Race day came and so did the rain leaving a damp track for warm up making everyone cautious when setting out from the pit lane so it was 10 minutes just to make sure that the bike was exactly how he wanted it and to create a dry line on the track.
Being the first race of the day there was not much turnaround time between warm up and the pit lane open for the grid assembly. After being called a dry race the heavens opened after only 5 laps and riders went down at various points on the circuit leaving the marshals to make the quick decision to bring out the red flag.
With a wet race declared and a quick restart required it was a race against time for a tyre change to jet off out of the pit lane before the time was up. With an excellent, organised team and great skill Hedger was back out with time to spare.
As they roared off the line up to the first corner, Hedger got an amazing start battling with Michael Rutter, Chrissy Rouse and Mason Law. The team watching in anticipation at the garage, as his heart raced discovering he was at the business end and in a podium position and held second place for a couple of laps, just being piped on the second to last lap to take 4th.
“It is such a buzz to be competing in the top 5, I am grateful to my team, sponsors and family who support me day in, day out. The team is working really well together and we are getting really good results, I am looking on to competing as part of the World Championships and then on to Knockhill”
Hedger moves into 6th in the championship as the MCE British Superbikes take a 6week break for road racing and worlds to take place. He will be back at Worlds; which the 600’s and 1000’s competes in, as they don’t go to Assen and then on to Knockhill in 6 weeks’ time on the 16th June.
We started the weekend looking at the top ten, as we knew this track would be a bit harder than Brands Hatch Indy, but we made satisfactory progress. We had a really good set up and secured P6 on the grid which I was happy with. In the race you couldn't call it, as it started dry, then was red flagged because of rain. I was up to second in the re-start and battled to the line but ended up fourth, which was a bit disappointing not to grab a podium. I’m now sixth in the championship standings which is a great start to the year. I can't thank the team and Ian for all their hard work and my sponsors SRS and Swindon Karting.EHA Racing,IN Aprilia,Onexuk Leathers,J.C Cook Cycles,HJC Helmets,Daytona Boots,
Camipix Photography Criag H and Dave Siney.