The 2013 Yamaha Past Masters season closed out in fine style this weekend, with even the weather chipping in to make the most of the action on and off the track!
Dean "Deano" Stimpson had already secured the main championship win at Cadwell back in September, but he rocked up to celebrate with two further race wins in the first outings on Saturday (to take home the Paul Hogan Trophy) and Sunday. Ben "Smiley" Miles managed to run him close throughout the second race on Saturday for the Danny Whalin cup, before crossing the line to win by just 0.017 of a second. Super-fast rookie Matt "Not A....." Barber took his maiden main class win in the last race of the weekend while Deano sat things out to complete the deal for the sale of his immaculately prepared championship winning bike. Ben picked up a couple of second place pots over the weekend too, plus a crash at Graham Hill in the first race on Sunday, while Matt also collected a second place pot in the first of the Sunday races. The third step was shared between Pete "Moot" Moore, Matt, exiting 2012 champion Graham "Higgy" Higlett and Doug "BBQ" Edmondson.
Matt also closed out the YPM Rookie Championship, building on his small lead going into the meeting when Pete crashed out in the second race on Saturday. Pete then suffered clutch problems on Sunday, and threw in the towel when cracks were discovered in the frame of his #45 bike, around the rear engine mount.
The club bike had its last outing for 2013 and ended up in the gravel on the test day as its pilot, Ray "Reggie" Perrin, got over confident in the wet. Ray fully enjoyed the experience though (the racing, not the crash!) and with luck he may turn to YPM's for 2014 . The bike will now be fully cleaned and refreshed ready for next year, with offers from returning racer Lee Finney and Bemsee main man Mike Dommett to fund a set of tyres each for next season. Former racer turned marshal Den "Denzil" Grant is already looking at to refresh the body work over winter, getting the popular #100 machine back into the Yambits approved yellow and black.
It was a much more consistent set of results in the YPM Clubman Cup, with Andy "Zebra" Wheeler taking all four wins, and "Mungo" Prentice taking all four second place spots in his super-bright banana coloured leathers. Paul "Whitters" Whitby took home a triple brace of third placed trophies, with Paul "Tenpin" Bowling just getting in on the act in the second of the races on Saturday. YPM Clubman Cup champ Dick "The Barber" Sawyer missed the races after a crash at Paddock in qualifying, which included a tangle with a rider from the 2-Stroke GP class.
Doug once again provided a hog roast big enough to feed the whole of the collected YPM massive, and free beer was provided by DTB's regular paddock helper Jason Tilbury – seems like this has become a bit of an annual event!!
Thoughts now turn to 2014, with what looks like an interesting draft schedule already published by the management in Bemsee Towers, and the possible return of former racers such as Lee, who could be out on the ex-Dexter, ex-Herron, ex-Hallett #13 TZR, and Paul Davies jumping from his YPVS350 onto Deans title winning bike. Kev "Amplifier" Marshall might be looking at a permanent switch to a TZR too - watch this space for further news as the plans for next year firm up.