Luke Hedger delighted with his first win of the season
YATE youngster Luke Hedger climbed to the top of the British 125GP championship standings after claiming his first win of the season at Oulton Park.
Hedger, 16, made short work of seeing off his rivals to come home almost ten seconds clear of his nearest challenger to take charge at the top of the leaderboard after three rounds.
The FPW Racing team starlet offered an early warning to his rivals by impressing during qualifying to record a fastest lap and secure pole position.
Hedger got a good start off the line at the beginning of the race, but was beaten to the first corner by former team-mate Tom Carne, who had finished qualifying in fourth place.
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The Yate youngster, however, quickly redressed the balance to take the lead again soon after, from where he went on unopposed over the 12-lap race to take the chequered flag.
He now holds an eight-point lead over second-placed Bradley Ray in the championship standings.
"I was delighted to win my first race of the season," said Hedger.
"We had the bike handling really sweet and I was able to control the race once I got past Tom down into Cascades.
"I watched my pit board from there on and settled down trying to keep a constant pace.
"Credit has to go to FPW manager Adrian Mason and the rest of the team for the hard work they put in to get the bike just right to give me the best chance of winning the race."
FPW team manager Adrian Mason said: "Those were the longest 12 laps I have experienced!"
"This weekend has been a pleasure – Luke rode so maturely and I'm getting much more feedback from him after the sessions.
"This is the biggest win for us as a team and is a credit not only to Luke, but to all of our volunteer mechanics, who put in so much time and effort.
"I'm really chuffed to bits with the way things have panned out, because this is a really great result for everyone involved."
Hedger continues his 125gp Championship bid in round four at Snetterton over the weekend beginning May 25.
MCE Insurance 125gp British Championships (overall standings after round three): 1 Luke Hedger (FPW Racing) – 58; 2 Bradley Ray (Fab-Racing) – 50; 3 Wayne Dunlop (Torque Tronixs / KRP Honda) – 35; 4 Ryan Watson (Appleyard/Macadam Racing) – 33; 5 Jordan Weaving (SP125 / Jordan Racing) – 32; 6 Joe Francis (Banks Racing) – 26; 7 Joe Irving (E3 Motorsport) – 21; 8 Tom Carne (Repli-Cast Uk / Rcs Racing) 21; 9 Bradley Hughes (Brad H Racing) – 21; 10 Kyle Ryde (Metmachex) – 20.