photo credit Camipix Photography
Luke Hedger, 21 year old from Yate has certainly been putting the Aprilia to good use this weekend as he joined the other 30 riders in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship at Brands Hatch in Kent.
The weekend weather predictions were 100% fabulous and true to British form this was not the case making conditions very unpredictable and teams were soon pushed for time on which tyres to use.
Hedger, racing with EHA Racing was looking exceedingly quick in both free practice one and two going 9th and 10th fastest after 12 and 14 laps in the dry conditions, keeping up at the business end of the series.
He followed his consistency into the qualifying stage on Saturday and remained calm and collected bringing the bike home in 6th place going fastest on his final lap.
This weekend was to be a slightly different weekend as they would have 2 races one of which consists of 2 parts over 100 miles with allocations to change tyres and refuel in the middle.
After going out on the green flag lap, the 1.9mile circuit went completely silent as the crowd held there breath, waiting in anticipation for the initial roar of bikes all fighting for the same corner.
As they appear to fly down paddock hill and back up to druids Hedger was right in the middle of the front runners having a great battle with Fraser Rogers, Chrissy Rouse and Jordan Weaving. Absolutely tearing around the track he uses every muscle in his body to lean right over the bike often with both elbow and knee on the floor at over 100mph.
After the 10minute change of tyres and refuelling he had his heart set on improving from his 6th place gained in the first race. And true to form he did exactly that and went one better coming home in 5th despite the rain dancing in the air. He fist pumped the air many times waving to the fans cheering him on.
Sundays race was very exciting to watch with Hedger having a great battle for most of the race with Championship Leader Danny Buchan, so knowing he had the pace he was loitering with intent and passed him for two laps placing him in contention for some silverware. This was not to be as his back tyre was just not gripping and after 16 laps launched himself over the line in 5th place a tremendous effort from him and a cracking weekend for the EHA Racing Team.
“Overall I am very happy with my results and how the weekend went. We found a good set-up very quickly and worked from there in the first two-part race on Saturday. We were playing about with the set-up between parts one and two and couldn't quite find the sweet spot for me, but in Sunday’s race we found it. I had a brilliant race and can't thank the EHA Team enough.”. Also I would like to thank with them I won’t be racing”SRS international (Simon Whatley), Swindon Karting (James and Matt Cox),IN Aprilia(Ian Newton),One-X Leathers(John McQueen),J.C.Cook Cycles(Andrew Jones)lid365.com,HJC Helmets,Daytona Boots, Cami pix Photography and Dave Siney.with them I won’t be racing”
See you all at Thruxton, Andover in two weeks time for Round 7 of the MCE British Superbikes.