Luke Hedger wins at Silverstone to go top of Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship
LUKE HEDGER heads the Pirelli Superstock 600 Championship with one round to go after an extraordinary day at Silverstone, where his title hopes appeared to be disappearing at one point.
The youngster from Yate had an engine problem on the opening lap but the race was red flagged almost immediately after and rescheduled for after the first British Superbike race, giving his Gearlink Kawasaki team time to change the engine and get him back out on the grid.
Hedger went on to ride one of the most stunning races this season, taking a fantastic win second, and with Jordan Simpkin finishing down in ninth place he leads by eight points going into the last round at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time.
Hedger gained another front row start in third qualified just in front of Simpkin, who was leading the Championship before the race.
Hedger got off to a really good start, putting himself into second place, but halfway round the 3.9 mile circuit his bike failed on him and he had to pull off the circuit.
As this happened a big accident unfolded and the organisers decided to postpone the race and fellow rider Aarron Clark, who was caught up in the first-lap carnage with his bike not in the right condition to race again, lent his spare engine to the stricken Gearlink bike.
Hedger not only won the race, he also broke the lap record by over a second and now has to finish just one position behind Simpkin at Brands Hatch to take the championship.
Hedger said: “Today was something very different and also very special.
At the start of the initial race on the opening lap I felt my bike lose power.
“I was devastated but then we were told the race was postponed and I held out some hope. What I got in return from the Gearlink team I could never have expected.
“They were unreal and got set to changing my engine and putting it all back together in less than an hour. Without them I certainly wouldn’t have then been able to go out there and win the race.
“They worked so quick and they gave me a race-winning bike.
“After all their hard work I knew I had to go out there and do something pretty special, so I did.
“I would like to thank Jamie Cooper for the loan of Aaron Clarke’s engine. I got a good start and was eager to stay near the front.
“The Gearlink Kawasaki was awesome and I’m so glad I took the win.
“I now go to Brands leading the Championship for the first time this year and I can’t wait to get there.”
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