The lap times were blistering in the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series, as the weekend’s action was a showcase of the talents of reigning champion Matt Barber, and reigning BMZRC 250 MZ champion, Mark Taylor, as the rivalry and battle for the 2016 championship kicked up a gear.
The racing was fierce and it was first blood to the series’ newcomer, as Taylor set pole and raced to victory in the weekend’s opener. Barber crossed the line in second place, while a lonely ride for the reigning YPM Rookie champion saw him take third place.
Marc Prentice took the Clubman class honours, while the Rookie spoils went to Paul Middleton.
Barber retaliated in race two, smashing the lap record with a 2:11 flat on his way to victory. Taylor finished second, with Doug Edmondson bettering Grant in a drag race to the line to finish third.
Giles Harwood’s fifth place gave him the Clubman win, while Middleton bagged another 25 points in the Rookie class.
Disaster struck for Barber in Sunday’s opening race, as a DNF saw him drop 25 points to his rival, as Taylor took his second win of the weekend.
Barber’s demise meant Edmondson and Grant’s duel became the fight for second place, a fight that was decided by less than a tenth of a second in Edmondson’s favour.
Harwood fended off Andy Davies for fourth and another Clubman win, while Middleton made it three from three in the Rookie classification.
Taylor’s win in the final race saw him complete his hat-trick, as Barber recovered from the back of the grid to second place, but surrendered another five points to Taylor. Harwood took another Clubman victory with a spectacular third place overall.
Middleton also completed a dominant weekend for himself, as he added another 25 points towards his challenge for the Rookie crown.