DFDS SEAWAYS YAMAMA PAST MASTERS ROUND 2
Cadwell Park 08/08/20
The YPM show is back on the road, everyone breathed a from distance sigh of relief as we finally got back racing at a sun-drenched Cadwell Park. Scott Carson was taking social measures a little too literally with his turn of pace in qualifying. He turned the two-meter rule into a two-second rule the amount by which he gapped everybody with a lap in the 1:44’s. Doug Edmondson last year’s championship winner qualified in second with a time of 1:46. Rumours of Mr Carson getting dialed in at a recent Cadwell meeting with another club was clearly paying dividends. Championship leader Scott Grant was noticeably absent, sadly due to a family bereavment, which meant the chamionship is wide open again.
The love for two-stroke racing was evident in force as 33 riders lined up on the grid. One rider, however, was in a league of his own. Scott Carson took to the front and never looked back, Edmonson gave chase but by lap 3 it was clear nobody could get near the 1:41 pace of Carson. Peter Branton quickly carved his way towards a podium position after a worse than normal qualifying. The front three created a breakaway leaving a gaggle of pursuers in tow, Cadwell boomerang Andy Bown, Toland, Atkinson and Mook. On Lap 5, Peter Branton made it up to second place the cement the podium positions Carson, Branton, Edmondson. In their respective subclasses the Clubman victory went to Neil Grant and the Rookie win to Damien Lee.
Scott Carson set a new TZR lap record during this race with a blistering 1.41.504. The outright lap record still holds firm from 2010’s 1:40.232 set by Mike Smith.
You might have expected a familiar theme in race 2 but it was not to be. With no Edmondson on the grid, Branton made all from the start and the near lap record pace of Carson seemed oddly in short supply as he tailed in second. This promoted a flying Paul Toland into third as he tried to tag on to the leading duo. Again Bown, Grant, Cooper and Mook were line astern followed by a strong race by the returning Doug Beacock. The podium places remained unchanged all race-ending Branton, Carson and Toland. Mr Beacock took the Clubman crown and again fastest newcomer Damien Lee took the Rookie win.
Cadwell Park 09/08/20
DFDS SEAWAYS YAMAMA PAST MASTERS ROUND 2
If you know Cadwell! you know it has its own micro-climate. Sunday morning was as Cadwell as it gets, grey drizzle and lots of low cloud that looked like it would take a while to lift. The only lifting Scott Carson was interested in was another 1st Place trophy as he made his way past Branton on lap 1. They say timing is key and the ignition timing fault he suffered in yesterday’s second race proved he was now back on it and quickly woodruff up the rest. Andy Bown was this time the podium contender in third in front of a strong fourth from Peter Moore. Sadly Pete parted company at the Gooseneck on the final lap leaving a formulaic finishing order. Carson, Branton, Bown, Toland, Mook and Grant, who was also the first Clubman home. Damien Lee again getting the better of Dan Miles for the Rookie win.
He’s got the key! He’s got the secret! Scott was back on near lap record pace in race 2 back in the 1:41’s. Branton was quickly demoted to fourth by Bown and Toland. Billy Perkins raced into 5th place on what looked remarkably like last year’s championship winning bike? Stewards inquiry anybody? It was however short-lived as Grant and Mook soon resumed their love of fifth and sixth places respectively.
Out front, Branton failed to find podium pace and the final order looked like this Carson, Bown, Toland, Branton, Grant, Cooper, Mook, Perkins and Rich Hayward who’s earlier rude gestures in the holding area towards Perkins failed to stop missile borrower getting the better of him. Paul Whitby rounded out the Top Ten. Neil Grant cemented Clubman dominance as did Damien Lee in the Rookies.
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An honourable mention must go to Geoff Mook who scored and outright 2nd place and Sub64 win in race 2. Geoff left not only full power 400’s in his wake but also many GP machines who shared the grid. An outstanding ride on his YPM TZR250.
*Toland v Mook image courtesy of https://www.pixrich.co.uk