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Round One Preview

snet previewThe DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series is set for its opening round of the 2014 season, with the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk - the scene of the opening round in 2013 before the meeting was cancelled due to heavy snowfall - the venue.
 
With reigning champion Dean Stimpson moving on, a number of riders will be looking to assert themselves as championship contenders, including local competitors Richard Sawyer and former champion Graham Higlett. Others widely tipped to join the fray at the sharp end include Pete Moore and Matt Barber, after the two who went head-to-head for the 2013 Rookie Championship, as well as Lee Finney and Doug Edmondson.
 
Last year's Clubman Championship went down to the wire, and 2014 also promises to provide a fiercely fought championship, with plenty of riders capable of picking up points and trophies throughout the season, including last year's main protagonists, Paul Whitby and Paul Bowling.
A number of freshly recruited rookies will be battling for top novice at the weekend too, with a number graduating to a full championship from the YPMRC Club Bike.
 
The Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club will be in action with a full day of practice on Friday 25 April and 15 minute qualifying session on the morning of Saturday 26 April. There will be then four races over the course of the weekend, two Saturday and two Sunday 27 April. The YPMRC is scheduled for races 10 and 20 on both days.
 
Completed in 2011, the Snetterton 300 circuit is one of the more newly developed tracks, and also the second longest in the country, incorporating the old layout of the original circuit with a new infield section. The British Motorcycle Racing Club was also the first motorcycle racing organisation to host a motorcycle race meeting on the circuit.

Lee Huff Claims Club Bike For Cadwell

Club Bike CadwellThe YPMRC TZR250 CLub Bike has been booked for Cadwell Park, with Lee Huff taking his first steps into motorcycle racing, after a history of racing and doing track days in cars.

Lee, from Chepstow, spent a season racing Caterhams 15 years ago, and has a number of car track days under his belt, however, despite being relatively new to riding motorcycles, he has held a long-burning passion to race bikes.

He said, "I have only recently taken up motorcycling, at the age of 40, hoping that common sense and self preservation have improved somewhat from my early years in cars.

"I got my road licence about eight months ago and bought myself a 1999 Honda Fireblade. But apart from the CTC Course Assessment at Pembrey I have not yet done any trackdays on my bike. However, I have one booked at Castle Coombe in April and am also booked for Ron Haslam's race school at Donington in May. I also hope to get another one in before the race at Cadwell in July.

"I'm originally from Lincolnshire so Cadwell was the 'local' track, hence the attraction and also chance for some home support. The club bike sounds like an excellent way to experience a race weekend and if all goes well I plan to do a full season next year."

For more information on the YPM Club Bikes, click here.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Club Bike Booked For Brands GP

The YPMRC TZR250 Club Bike has been booked for Brands Hatch GP, with Mark Ewens from Fordingbridge looking to get a taste of racing and YPM.

Mark turns 50 this year, and decided it was a good a time as any to start racing. He enquired about the club bike last year, but missed out with the bike already being booked up. So this year he has got his entry in early.

Mark rides a Ducati 996 and is familiar with Brands, and is looking forward to getting involved with the class.

Race School Success For YPM Rookies

1621677 486208511485911 1899435938 nSix YPM Rookies took their first steps to going racing at the weekend, taking to the cold but drying Brands Hatch asphalt at the Bemsee Rookie School.

Under the watchful guidance of instructors Kev Higerty and Andy Wheeler, the six rookies took part in four on-track sessions, as well as a practice start. While Bemsee has always ran its own Rookie School, 2014 marked the first year the ACU stipulated riders wanting to obtain their licence must complete such an assessment.

Under instruction from Kev was Tim Hall, using the 350 YPVS kindly loaned to him for the season by Kev Marshal, Denise Button, and Rebecca Johnston, using Pete Moore's TZR.

Matt Sharpe, using Trevor Sharpe's TZR, Ben Leeds, on the Wave Racing TZR250, and Jess Dunne were taken under the wing of Andy Wheeler.

Unfortunately Rebecca suffered a viscous-looking highside at Clearways, caught out by the tyres on a drying track. A trip to the med-centre revealed a broken hand, but everyone in the YPMRC wishes her well and is still looking forward to her joining the class, after showing real potential on track.

Other Rookies for 2014 include Club Bike graduates Michael Stanley, Sacha Gyte, Richard Dry and Adrian Byrne.

The opening round of the YPM season is on the Snetterton 300 circuit on April 25-27.

Sons of Liberty

Aged Flag 2Our “Deep Throat” at Bemsee Towers today broke the news of a significant booking for the 2014 race season, with as yet unconfirmed reports suggesting that loud guitars, classic rock and an excuse for dressing up will be once again returning to the Hexagon at Brands Hatch for the mega end of season party-bash/piss-up thing on the 4th of October.

Marking a return to the type of celebration previously seen in 2010 and 2011 when Smoke & Mirrors rocked up a storm at the same venue, a new beat combo called Sons of Liberty have apparently been confirmed for 2014, with a series of coded emails and plain brown envelopes having been exchanged under the cover of passing on “season’s greetings” or some other Christmas/New Year related nonsense with Colonel M. Dommett of the 3rd Bemsee Rangers (Planning Division).  

At the time of writing details are sketchy and almost everything seems purposely clouded in a blanket of confusion and subterfuge, but reading between the lines of the so far sketchy reports made available after two or three hard core late night drinking sessions, it seems like the night will have Southern Rock theme - with all the classics from Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZ Top, Blackfoot, Molly Hatchet and the Black Crowes potentially included in the set, which based on the length of the guitar solo in the Skynyrd classic Freebird could go on for hours……………

Anyway, dust off them Dixie banners, Confederate jackets, Stetsons and snakeskin boots, ‘cause it’s gonna be a bourbon fuelled ho-down to remember!!

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