YATE'S Luke Hedger finished the season in the top-10 for the CPD Kawasaki team.

Hedger secured his place in a dramatic end at Brands Hatch.

Earlier, it was to be a dry session for the National Pirelli Superstock 1000 Championships final qualifying on Saturday. Hedger completed 13 laps in the 25-minute session putting the Kawasaki on the grid in 10th place.

And he certainly gave it his all in the final race, storming his way to the front, but only half-a-lap in the race was red flag due to a pile-up on the cooper straight, so the preparation started again for the 24-year-old. They settled down again with now a 10-minute delay, with the race reduced to 11 laps.

Again Hedger made immediate progress off the line, moving into second. He settled into third as the two front-runners moved away from the pack and looked a dead cert for third as Tom Ward was not at a catchable distance. However, something went on the bike and he was slowing down despite his efforts to control the situation he was pushed back to 4th and overtaken by Fraser Rogers on the Morello Kawasaki on the last corner.

Hedger said: “Yes, the weekend was a strange one with the weather changing all the time and never having the same conditions it was hard to get into a rhythm, but I and the team knew we had a strong pace for the race.

"I got a mega start and went from 10th to 2nd on the first lap and from then on was battling for the win unfortunately with two laps to go I was low on fuel and had to limp the bike home in 5th, but I can’t thank my team enough for all their efforts and hard work they have put in this year and at every round."