Luke Hedger, 22 from Yate and the PR Racing Lloyd & Jones Bowker BMW team traveled to Snetterton in Norfolk this weekend, for round 4 of the British Superbike Championship.
flying solo due to his teammate being injured and unable to race until further notice. Hedger took full advantage of having a little more room to himself in the garage but this was not to be said out on the track as the entry list was packed out so trying to get a good time in was difficult and soon found himself in 17th position in qualifying and unable to improve.
Before you know it race day had come around and the 8 minutes warm was vital to clear up any technical issues before the race, the team wanted Hedger to try something out and he felt a lot more comfortable and was able to get the bike to do what he asked of it.
Hedger on the grid was well surrounded with an army of team shirts including his father and girlfriend. He was focused, looking intently at the road ahead and as the lights went out he stormed off the line with an amazing start making ground up quickly.
Starting from so far back was not something Luke Hedger is used to, but he certainly took it in his stride because by the end of 1st lap he was into 10th place. As the time progressed and the laps went down he really showed the PR Racing Team what he was made of by over taking on nearly every lap, by the half way point Hedger had fought his way up to 4th place he wasn’t able to hold of fellow competitor farmer who managed to pass hedger 3 laps before the end of the race, Hedger stayed on his tail right to the bitter end, hoping that farmer would make a mistake. Wrenching the bike from side to side on the 2.9 miles circuit to take the chequered flag in 5th position, fist pumping the air as he went.
An absolutely tremendous ride from such a great young talent, there is a lot more to come from him this year as he moves on now to think about round 5 in Scotland’s Knockhill in July.
“Mixed emotions from this weekend, had a tough start during practice and qualifying but the boys worked hard, and gave me a great package today! I’m definitely getting more comfortable and confident with the BMW. Coming from 17th on the grid to finish 5th was mega!!”
And I would like to thank every one that has supported me this year firstly the team PR Racing Lloyd&jones bowker BMW for believing in me and Mist Saefty UK Ltd,RRPS,Connect Racing Parts,
JC CookCycles,Dave Siney,Swindon Karting,HJC Helmets and Daytona
Next round Knockhill, Scotland – 6th - 8th July 2018