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Barber Extends Series Lead With Silverstone Domination

Silverstone 2015 01Matt Barber dominated the second round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series at Silverstone, storming to victory in all three races. He looked set to win all four scheduled races based on his weekend's form, however an oil spill in another class rendered the track unsafe, with the last race abandoned. It will be rescheduled for a future round.

Barber was taking part in his first race meeting on the Silverstone International circuit having missed the club's round at the venue in 2014. However, it didn't take him long to find his way around, the former YPMRC Rookie champion qualifying on pole and setting a time nearly one and a half seconds faster than reigning champion Graham Higlett, who started second on the grid. Doug Edmondson completed the front row despite a high-speed crash at turn one in Saturday's qualifying session.

Pete Moore qualified fourth ahead of Scott Grant, who looked odds-on for another winning weekend in the Rookie class, while Sacha Gyte qualified sixth and fastest Clubman.

But it was the Barber show as the lights went out for the first race. Moore held the advantage after the first lap, but after Barber found his way past he was never headed, going on to take the win by nearly four seconds. Moore was second with Higlett third.

Fourth went the way of Gyte, who put in an excellent ride to take his second Clubman win of the season, as he crossed the line just one tenth of a second ahead of Andy Davies, as the pair went at it throughout the entire race.

Scott Grant's sixth handed him another Rookie class win, his fifth in five races, as Marc Prentice and Paul Whitby completed the Clubman podium in seventh and eighth. Steve Higerty, who took three Clubman wins at Snetterton, finished ninth with Rooke Lee Huff completing the top 10, as he got the better of a confidence-shaken Edmondson.

Silverstone 2015 02Barber's victory in race two came a huge eight seconds ahead of the chasing pack, with Higlett and Moore reversing positions on the second and third steps of the podium. Davies was fourth while Edmondson rediscovered some form to come through the pack to finish fifth.

However, Edmondson's fifth came after a huge scrap involving six riders. Edmondson made the move for fifth on the last lap at the chicane, as six riders sorted out the finishing order in exciting fashion. Whitby benefited from the last lap carnage too, taking sixth and his first Clubman win of the season, while Grant was shuffled back to seventh, but took the Rookie win.

Gyte, who'd held fifth for much of the race, ended up in eighth and second Clubman with Prentice ninth and third Clubman and Higerty 10th.

The third - and sadly final - race of the weekend, saw Barber complete his  domination. He led the way before the red flags came out at the halfway stage. When the race restarted as a five lap sprint, he still managed to pull out a seven and a half second lead.

Behind, Higlett bettered Davies by half a second, as the pair finished second and thid. Behind, Moore finished fourth, narrowling beating Grant by less than a tenth of a second. Grant was again the leading Rookie in fifth.

After a weekend of mechanical woes, Ben Miles finally finished a race, crossing the line in sixth after coming from the back of the grid. Gyte was seventh and lead Clubman ahead of Whitby and Edmondson, with Michael Stanley breaking in to the top 10 after rectifying a stator issue that had plagued him all weekend.

Barber, who arrived at the Northamptonshire circit with the series lead extended it with his three wins. The abandoned fourth race will be rescheduled and ran at a future meeting.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship takes place at Oulton Park on May 29-30.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Macqueen In Charge As Higlett Struggles

Snet 2015 01Neil Macqueen took three wins from four at the opening round of the DFDS Seaways-backed Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club series at Snetterton, while reigning champion Graham Higlett had a weekend to forget at his local circuit.

A wet qualifying saw Macqueen qualify on pole with a lap time nearly six seconds quicker than anyone else, set on his final lap of the session. Pete Moore qualified second, while last year's Rookie championship runner-up Sacha Gyte completed the front row.

Higlett qualified in seventh, but as track conditions improved for the race, he was able to make progress towards the front of the pack, and led onto the final lap. However, he was out-foxed, with Macqueen stealing victory by eight tenths of a second. Higlett was second with Pete Moore just eight thousandths of a second further back in third.

It was a lonely ride for Matt Barber in fourth, before a train of riders crossed the line in the battle for fifth. At the front was Scott Grant, the Rookie making his YPMRC debut with a class win. He crossed the line less than a second ahead of Steve Higerty, who took sixth and his first Clubman class win. Ben Miles and Andy Davies were a second behind in seventh and eighth.

The battle for ninth was another close-run affair, with two seconds splitting Rookie Giles Harwood and Kev Marshall in 12th. In between was Sacha Gyte, who was second Clubman, in 10th and the returning Paul Toland in 11th.

It was an interesting start the racing career of Stephen Johnson, who looped his TZR250 in exuberance off the start, while Paul Henson also crashed out of contention in the early stages. There were also mechanical retirements for Clubman championship hopefuls Michael Stanley and Paul Whitby, while Paul Davies failed to make the start.

Race two started on Saturday, but a high-side at the final corner for Graham Higlett brought proceedings to an early end when the red flags came out. The re-run was carried over until Sunday morning, and it was Macqueen who took the win in tricky conditions, storming to victory by over six seconds. Barber was second, just ahead of Davies. Doug Edmondson, who retired from race one, came through the field to finish fourth.

Snet 2015 02Grant was again lead Rookie in a fine fifth place, again finishing ahead of Higerty, who took his second Clubman win. Paul Bowling took second in the Clubman class in seventh with Marshall completing the class podium in eighth. Gyte was ninth and Stanley was 10th, ahead of Paul Middleton on the Yambits Club Bike, who took his second chequered flag of the weekend, improving all the time.

Macqueen completed his hat-trick of wins in race three, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Matt Barber, who rode to another fine second place, with Edmondson on the podium in third after holding off the challenger from Pete Moore, who finished fourth and a half a second off the podium, with Davies another second and a half back in fifth.

Grant took his third Rookie class win in sixth, while Gyte took his first Clubman class win in seventh with Higerty second in class in eighth. Harwood was second rookie in ninth with Ben Miles in 10th, who mistakenly took yellow flags on the start finish straight as the last lap flag, and eased off with a lap to go.

Higlett's charge from the back of the grid ended after just one lap, with the reigning champion retiring with mechanical woes.

Howeverm Macqueen didn't make the start of the final race, which saw Barber take a comfortable victory, as Edmondson and Moore were again tied together, this time in a battle for second. It went the way of Edmondson with Moore third and Davies fourth.

Toland, after retiring from the previous race, came through to take a well-deserved fifth place, ahead of Grant who completed his Rookie class clean-sweep of wins, and has installed himself as the early favourite for the championship come the end of the season.

Gyte was seventh and took his second Clubman win ahead of Miles, Harwood and Paul Davies, who rounded out the top 10.

The closest battle on track centred around 14th place and the scrap for the final championship points. Stanley crossed the line three hundredths of a second ahead of Middleton on the Club Bike, with Henson half a second behind in 16th and Marshall 17th, two seconds behind at the line.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Championship heads to Silverstone on May 9-10, with Friday practice on May 8.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Nielsen CDG YPMRC Sponsorship Deal Announced

Nielsen CDG LogoNielsen CDG has been announced as another class sponsor for the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, with all riders and class members now entitled to a discount on all products available from the oil and lubricant supplier.

A family run business since 1985, Nielsen CDG specialise in the distribution of products to national and independent petrol stations, convenience stores and retail outlets, with a client roster boasting Total, Esso, Shell, and BP.

YPMRC members will benefit from a 7.5% discount on all motorcycle related products purchased through the website - www.nielsencdg.co.uk - which puts a litre of Castrol A747 at just £12.94 including VAT. There's also free delivery on orders over £100.

A discount code will be emailed to all riders and class members, which can be applied at the checkout on the website.

To take advantage of the deal, visit www.nielsencdg.co.uk

2015 YPMRC Clothing Now Available

YPM clothing 2015The latest clothing lines from the Yamaha Past Master Racing Club are now available to order online, with both t-shirts and polo shirts up for grabs.

Available in three colours - red with white print, yellow with black print, or black with white print - the new items cost £15 and come in both male and female sizes and a choice of either a V-neck design or crew-neck.

Polo shirts come with an embroidered logo, while the t-shirts are screen printed. £2.50 from the sale of each garment will go toward the YPMRC fund, to help with covering things such as Club Bike costs.

Orders can be placed online with items available for collection at race meetings throughout the year, or delivered for £4.95 per consignment.

Click here to place your order.

YPMRC To Display At Mallory Open Day

Mallory Open DayThe Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club will be exhibiting at the Mallory Park open day on March 1, which promotes motorsport of all fashions, from bikes to cars and quads.

Taking place at the Leicestershire circuit itself, the Mallory Park open day runs from 10:30am to 3pm with admission completely free.

On display on the YPMRC stand will be a collection of race bikes, with members of the class on hand throughout the day to discuss everything from the Yambits Club Bike, the famous club camaraderie, and how and why to join the best two-stroke racing class in the country.

Eddie Roberts, Mallory Park Directory, commented, "This is a great day out for the enthusiast and also a wonderful family day out.

"The lakeside café will be open as well as other outside catering, and this is a day to come along and look at some amazing vehicles that normally you would not see all at one venue."

The open day takes place at the Mallory Park circuit in Kirkby Mallory, Leicestershire, LE9 7QE. Doors open at 10:30am with free admission.

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