Brands Hatch 07/03/20
DFDS SEAWAYS YAMAMA PAST MASTERS ROUND 1
This year’s grid saw many a familiar face return and the main protagonists took no time in resuming their battles on track. It was youth versus experience as Scott Carson and Peter Branton headed the field from early on in the session. On this occasion, experience reigned supreme as Branton set a scorching lap and was the only man in the 53’s, impressive in cool conditions. With Doug Edmonson focussing on the 600 class this year, Branton will be hoping he has a chance at the championship. Last year’s most improved rider Geoff Mook was running 3rd for much of the session before getting pipped by Peter Moore and Scott Grant. The rest of the top ten was made up by Toland, Perkins, Davies, Hayward, and Whitby. The fastest newcomer was Rookie Damien Lee and Billy Perkins took the Clubman honors.
Right from the off it was Branton looking to assert his dominance from the front, with Moore, Mook, and Grant in hot pursuit. The Branton Carson dual from qualifying was not repeated, however, as Scott Carson struggled for initial pace. This was understandable given he was on a spare bike supplied by Peter Moore following an engine problem in qualifying. There are not many classes in motorsport where your rivals lend you machinery to stay in the hunt.
Again Branton was the only man able to make it into the 53’s and his pace saw him open up a lead on the rest of the field and take the win. Scott Grant missed much of last season with an injury, but there was no sign of it holding him back as he got past Moore to finish Second. Geoff Mook was 4th and Scott Carson came close to winding him in on the last lap but finished a close 5th. Behind Carson, a gaggle of old adversaries were in close contest, Whitby, Davies, Burscough, were 6th, 7th, 8th, and 9th respectively with Rich Hayward rounding out the top ten and taking the Clubman win. Damian Lee was the first Rookie winner of 2020.
Race two followed a similar pattern with Branton taking an early lead. He was unable to gap the field like he did in the first race however his consistent pace was still the difference however the top 5 were all very evenly matched all running in the 54’s. He went on to take the 2nd race of the day and podium was made up of Peter Branton Scott Grant and Pete Moore, Scott Carson turned the tables on Geoff Mook to Finish 4th and Andy Davies finished 6th. There were two notable Clubman performances with Billy Perkins making it into the top 10 and David Ball finishing just outside in 11th. Damian Lee was again the victor in the Rookies finishing marginally in front of Dan Miles.
Brands Hatch 08/03/20
DFDS SEAWAYS YAMAMA PAST MASTERS ROUND 1
There were people losing sleep due to strong winds and rain through Saturday night. None more so than the Carson Army though who chose to drive back to Carson HQ for a full rebuild on the motor that threw a seal in qualifying. Fully topped up with midnight oil and back on his own bike he was unstoppable in the wet conditions finishing nearly 5 seconds in front of Scott two ( Grant ). Branton had an unfortunate DNS due to a warped disk found on the way to the collecting area.
Andy Burscough took a fantastic podium spot on his RD350 with Mook 4 seconds back in fourth. Billy Perkins again impressed in 5th overall to take the Clubman victory and Damian Lee was top Rookie.
Peter Branton added to his tally of a race wins on Saturday. He has now won a race in every one of the last five decades, no doubt making this a memorable day. Sunday however was one to forget.
Brake issue kept him out of race one entirely and race two quickly became a braking disaster as he over applied it coming into Graham Hill bend on lap one. This left the door open for Scott Carson to again take the victory, with Scott two ( Grant ) and Peter Moore filling the podium. Rich Hayward took the spoils from Billy Perkins in the Clubman Class and Damian Lee completed a clean sweep of victories across the weekend as top rookie.