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Calendar Sales Raise Over £900 For 'Club Fatboy'

12246614 482905865214198 2874164240761111879 nThe annual sale of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club calendars has raised over £900 for former club rider Craig Jennings and the 'Club Fatboy' fund.

Jennings, who suffered life-changing injuries in an accident at Brands Hatch, has remained in the hearts of all club members, both old and new, who can regularly be found raising funds to help with his rehabilitation.

The sale of the 2016 YPMRC calendars has raised £906 to help with Jennings' recovery.

Thanks to Racing Line Photography for the supply of images.

Season Finale At Snetterton 200

12045492 745201528919940 2914589502335366187 oThe DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters' 2015 season drew to a close at the final round at Snetterton, and while two out of the three club champions were decided, it was not without drama.

A dry qualifying gave way to wet racing on Saturday, with new champion Matt Barber on pole. Alongside him on the front row sat outgoing champion Graham Higlett and Neil MacQueen. 2015 Clubman champion Sacha Gyte started from the head of the second row of the grid, but would soon be the architect of the drama that would rule him out of the rest of the weekend, and take Barber and MacQueen out of the race.

After a mediocre start, Gyte carried the speed through a sodden turn one, passing Higlett and the hard-charging Andy Davies, to hold third place on the run up to the Montreal hairpin.  Unfortunately too much front brake saw him tuck the front, which sent his TZR hurtling towards Barber and MacQueen. It collided with them both, and took all three out of the race.

From there Doug Edmondson and Higlett battled for the win, with Edmondson holding the position in the early laps. With two to go, Higlett found his way through and held on for the race win, while Edmondson, with one eye on ensuring third place in the championship - a plight made easier by Gyte's exit - kept it safe and upright to take second place.

Davies took the final podium spot in third place while Giles Hardwood rode to an excellent fourth place and the Rookie class win.

Steve Higerty took the Clubman win, while Paul Whitby and Tim Hall battled it out for second in class. Hall was having arguably his best race, and after catching Whitby throughout the race, he made a pass on the last lap. Unfortunately he crashed at Murray's on the final lap, along with Whitby, the pair both losing the front.

Paul Davies took second in the Clubman class with Kev Marshall third.

12185069 745201525586607 3735565179526622253 oWith poor light ending Saturday's action early, Sunday's timetable consisted of three races for the Yamaha Past Masters and the crowning of the club's third and final champion.

Despite a healthy lead in the Rookie championship, Scott Grant's title was by no means secure. A steady race on Saturday saw him second in class before he took a class win in Sunday's opener, crossing the line in ninth place, before two second-in-class-places in the final two races were enough to see him crowned this year's Rookie champion.

At the front, Barber stormed from the back of the grid to take the win in the day's opening race, crossing the line half a second ahead of Andy Davies, while Edmondson this time got the better of Higlett to take the final podium spot.

Kev Marshall rode to an excellent fifth place, crossing the line behind Higlett to take the Clubman class win. He fended off stiff competition from Steve Higerty, who took second in the Clubman class, while third went to Marc Prentice after he crashed out of race one.

There was news for Whitby, who highsided himself out of contention, crashing at the same corner that he fell victim to in the first race of the weekend.

The third race of the weekend saw Higlett take another win with Barber and Andy Davies on the podium in second and third. Edmondson finished fourth with Harwood taking another Rookie class win in fifth. Whitby came from the back of the grid to finish sixth and take the Clubman win ahead of Higerty.

A wildcard from Richard Sawyer saw him finish eighth with ninth going to Kev Marshall, who took third in the Clubman class.

12031525 745200938919999 2483096625649406010 oNew champion Barber returned to winning ways for the final race of the season, capping off what has been a remarkable campaign for a rider that first raced with the club as Rookie onboard on the Club Bike in 2012.

He was joined on the podium by Higlett and Andy Davies, who had a sucessful trophy haul to end the season with, while Edmondson took another fourth place, ahead of Rookie race winner Harwood in fifth.

Clubman honours went to Higerty in sixth ahead of Whitby and Rookie Grant, while Prentice completed the Clubman podium in ninth.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Middleton Crowned Yambits Club Bike Rider Of The Year

Club Bike RotY 2015Paul Middleton was crowned 2015 Yambits Club Bike Rider of the Year at the final round at Snetterton.

Middleton, who rode the Yambits sponsored rent-a-racer at the opening round of the season at the same circuit, albeit on the 300 layout, used the Club Bike to take his first steps into motorcycle racing.

Immediately addicted to both the buzz of the on-track action and the off-track camaraderie of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, Middleton left the circuit with his own, newly acquired TZR250, and after racing it at Oulton Park, he was again in action at the final round.

The award was presented at the annual presentation evening, which takes place at the final round of each year, and was marked not just on the results a Club Bike rider achieves over the weekend, but also by how much they muck in, and how much they look like they're enjoying themselves over the course of the meeting.

Club Bike RotY 2015 TrophyAfter receiving his award, Middleton said, "Living the dream! Many thanks to all the lads and lasses involved in the Yamaha Past Masters and Bemsee.

"I can't wait for next season."

The Yambits Club Bike is available at every round of the season, and the cost includes all consumables, bike transport, a mechanic, Friday practice, qualifying, and four races (depending on the circuit).

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Barber Secures Maiden YPMRC Title

11225332 738031699636923 4759276059245014235 oMatt Barber secured his maiden DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club championship title at the penultimate round at Brands Hatch, in what has been a dominant year for the former Rookie champion.

Barber, who started racing in the club after a weekend onboard the Yambits-sponsored Club Bike experience in 2012, has been untouchable for much of the season, taking his tally of victories to 18 at Brands Hatch, and wrapping up the title with a round to spare.

Coming off the back of a clean-sweep of victories at Cadwell Park, Barber started Brands Hatch the right way by qualifying on pole position, after the fog that saw a race lost from Saturday's schedule had cleared.

And he looked on course to take victory in the first race, leading the way in the opening stages. However, he was soon passed by Doug Edmondson, before also being passed by a returning Rik Ballerini, racing onboard the number-seven plated, Triple X Racing TZR250.

Edmondson pulled out nearly a second's advantage at the front, but was quickly reeled in by Ballerini, who made a move for the lead on lap on lap seven. All the while this was going on Higlett was making progress from his fifth placed qualifying spot, and passed Barber for third and then Edmondson for second on lap eight.

However, he couldn't do anything about race leader Ballerini, who crossed the line to take the win with Higlett in second, Edmondson in third, and Barber in fourth.

Sacha Gyte was also crowned the YPMRC Clubman champion the same weekend, his first year in the running after his rookie season in 2014.

12087052 738031666303593 3474830963218989797 oGyte added another Clubman class win to his tally in the opening race, after a fierce battle with his title challenger Paul Whitby and returning Manx Grand Prix finisher Peter Moore.

Gyte crossed the line in fifth for the Clubman win, with Moore sixth and Whitby seventh and second in the Clubman class.

Andy Davies finished eighth ahead of Rookie class winner Scott Grant, with fellow rookie Giles Harwood 10th, just ahead of Tim Hall, who set his fastest ever lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

The second race of the day was cancelled due to the earlier fog, however, the club still managed to fit in the held over race from the Silverstone round earlier in the season.

Barber took the win from Higlett and Edmondson, while Gyte took another Clubman class win and Grant added another Rookie first place trophy to his collection.

Sunday saw the schedule return to normal, and had two 12-lap races in store.

Starting from pole position, Ballerini took the lead on the opening lap, but was soon passed Barber on lap two. From there, the new champion was never headed, and recorded another victory.

Ballerini took second, eventually pulling out an eight second gap on Higlett in third place, who came out on top in the battle for the final podium spot.

12087289 738195732953853 5415030290557126197 oFourth went to Edmondson, while Gyte's fifth place handed him another Clubman win. Pete Moore was sixth with Giles Harwood seventh and the leading Rookie. Less than two hundredths of a second back was Davies in eighth, while only three tenths further back again was Whitby, who took second in the Clubman class. Grant completed the top 10 and was second Rookie.

Just one second covered the podium in the final race of the weekend, but this time it was Ballerini on the top step of the podium again, flanked by Barber and Higlett at the chequered flag.

Edmondson was in contention for a podium finish in the early laps, and held second in the opening stages before dropping to third. However, a mistake on lap five cost him too much time to ever make up again, and he ended the race in a lonely fourth place.

Moore was fifth after a battle with fellow Manx Grand Prix finisher, albeit this time in 2014, Davies, who finished sixth.

Whitby finished seventh and took the Clubman class win, but it was a case of too little too late in terms of the championship, ahead of Harwood who took another Rookie win in eighth place. New Clubman champion Gyte took ninth place, with Grant completing the top 10 and taking 20 Rookie championship points.

The DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club heads to Snetterton for the final round of the series, with practice getting underway on Friday 23 October, before qualifying and racing action takes places on 24-25 October.

Photography: Liz Barber

Barber Hat-Trick At Brands But Higlett's Not Out Yet

Barber BrandsGP 2015Matt Barber's hat-trick of wins at Brands Hatch and round six of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship extended his series lead, but reigning champion Higlett showed he's still fighting to retain his crown.

Championship leader Barber qualified on pole, and hit the front at the start of the weekend's opening race, with Higlett in tow. Higlett made a move for the lead in the early stages, but was sadly forced to retire almost immediately after with mechanical issues. Higlett's retirement allowed Barber to pull out a commanding lead of nearly 11 seconds at the chequered flag, as he took his first win of the weekend.

Second went the way of Pete Moore, the Manxman locked in a race-long scrap with Pete Fishwick, the former race-winner and YPMRC stalwart making a wild-card appearance. It set the tone for the whole weekend, with the pair inseperable around the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit. Just five hundredths of a second split the pair at the line, as one of the closest battles all season confirmed the podium finishers.

Doug Edmondson finished fourth, narrowly fending off the attentions of rookie and hot prospect Scott Grant - Grant would go on to receive the British Motorcycle Racing Club's Sir Ben Ball Trophy as its 'tip for the top'. Grant also secured yet another Rookie class win.

BrandsGP 2015Behind the top five raged a battle for top Clubman honours, with nothing to choose between Paul Whitby, Sacha Gyte, Paul Toland (who was also making a wild-card appearance this weekend) and Steve Higerty.

After a sluggish start to the season for Whitby by his own standards, he hit a rich vein of form at Brands, and after a four-way scrap for the number one Clubman spot, he managed to pull out a gap of over one and half seconds to take the class win in sixth place.

Following him across the line were the other three, all looking to fill the Clubman class podium, with Gyte and Higerty also very much with an eye on this year's championship. Less than half a second covered the drag to the line, with Gyte and Toland seventh and eighth and second and third in class. Steve Higerty took ninth while his brother Kevin Higerty, still returning after a serious back injury sustained last season, finished in a lonely 10th place.

Race two and Barber again raced unchallenged to victory, but the impressive ride of the race went to Higlett, who came through from the back of the grid to finish second, just five seconds adrift of Barber.

The battle for third saw Moore and Fishwick reignite the fire from race one, however this time they were joined by Grant, making it a three-way fight for third.

Moore Fishwick BrandsGP 2015It was Fishwick who held second early on, and when Higlett passed him he still retained third for much of the race. Unfortunately for him he was eventually passed by Moore before Grant also made a pass stick. It ended up in another drag for the line, with Moore taking third by six hundredths of a second fromt Grant, while Fishwck was just seven hundredths further back on the Rookie class winner.

Sixth and the Clubman win again went to Whitby, as three tenths of a second covered the class podium, this time with Toland seventh and Gyte eighth. Steve Higerty dropped of the fight for the class podium in the closing stages but still finished ninth.

10th went to Paul Henson, as he dragged himself clear of a tense dice with Giles Harwood, Kevin Higerty and Paul Davies, who finished 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

With the final round of the championship taking place at Snetterton this season, the club's annual hog-roast was rescheduled for the Brands Hatch GP round, with riders past and present enjoying a social evening in the paddock, with funds also raised for Club Fat Boy, to help former rider Craig Jennings.

Clearly not too full of boar on Sunday morning however was Barber, as he raced to his third win of the weekend, seeing off the attentions of Higlett to take the win by two seconds and further extend his series lead.

After shadowing Higlett for much of the race Grant began to lose ground on the reigning champion, but looked like he had third in the bag. However, pushing too hard, he lost the front on the final lap at Westfield and crashed out. That meant Fishwick and Moore's battle suddenly became for the final rostrum spot, with Fishwick claiming it by three hundredths of a second.

Gyte BrandsGP 2015After a DNF in race two, Edmondson came from the back of the grid to finish fifth, ahead of the ongoing Clubman tussle. Gyte took the class win and finished sixth, while Michael Stanley, after a round (and pretty much a season to date) of mechanical woes, finished a tenth further back in seventh and was second Clubman. Paul Whitby finished eighth and rounded out the Clubman podium.

Giles Harwood muscled his way into the top 10 and finished ninth, also taking the Rookie class win along the way, with Kevin Higerty just behind him in 10th. 

The final race of the weekend saw Higlett return to winning ways, as he beat Barber by just a tenth of a second to show he's still in with a shout of the championship, setting the fastest lap of the weekend on the final lap of the race along the way. Barber had led every lap throughout the race, but Higlett led the one that mattered to prevent a Barber clean-sweep.

Third went to Fishwick, after a mistake on the final lap by Moore meant he crossed the line nearly four seconds further back. After a DNF in Sunday's opener, Toland recovered to come through and take the Clubman class win in fifth, with Stanley and Gyte sixth and seventh and second and third in class.

Whitby finished eighth ahead of Harwood, who took the Rookie win, and Kevin Higerty. Steve Higerty made it two DNFs for the day, adding to his crash from the earlier race with a mechanical retirement in the final race.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters takes place at Cadwell Park on September 4-6.

Photos: E.G.B Photography

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