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Moore Takes Maiden Win

Cadwell Report01Pete Moore took his maiden race win at the fifth round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship, taking victory in the second race at Cadwell Park.

The Manxman looked strong from the start of the weekend, qualifying second, just four hundredths of a second slower than championship leader Graham Higlett, who arrived at Cadwell Park with a 14 race win-streak.

In the opening race Higlett extended that winning run after a close, race-long battle with the returning Andy Bown, who reminded everyone of the pace he was capable of running at and the pace he showed during his last outings in the class.

At the flag however, Higlett had managed to pull a two second lead and took his win number 15 of the season with Bown second. Ben Miles, taking part in his first meeting of the season, rode to third, ahead of Moore, Matt Barber and Andy Wheeler.

Seventh went to lead Rookie, Michael Stanley, a graduate of the YPM Club Bike who suffered a huge crash at the Lincolnshire circuit 12 months ago, on the club's TZR250. But he had clearly forgotten all about that as he battled throughout the race with James Sharpe, the pair just ahead of Paul Bowling, Trevor Sharpe and Kev Marshall. Stanley's performance was also enough to earn him the BMCRC Rookie of the Day award.

James Sharpe took the Clubman class win, with Bowling second and Trevor Sharpe third. Also enjoying a scrap through the race was Nick Kennett and Paul Davies, the pair just three tenths apart at the flag, as well as Sacha Gyte and Club Bike pilot Lee Huff, who were separated by just a tenth at the end of the race.

Cadwell CurryDespite a dry race for the Yamaha Past Masters, torrential rain throughout the day caused delays, and ultimately saw the second race held over until Sunday morning. However, the weather abated for the annual Cadwell Curry, with the YPM paddock again coming together to enjoy Louth's finest Indian takeaway.

After a wet warm up, the track dried, for the most part, in time for the opening race of the day. Starting from the second row of the grid, Moore got the holeshot into Coppice, and as the chasing pack rounded Charlie's Two, Moore was off and running down the Park Straight.

Setting a string of quick lap times, his best a one minute 46 on lap four, despite a damp Hall Bends and Barn, saw him pull an unassailable lead.

That left Higlett and Bown to settle the order of the remaining two podium places, the pair inseparable throughout the race. However, a coming together at Mansfield on the last lap saw both crash out, handing second to Miles with Barber claiming third, less than a tenth of a second ahead of Wheeler.

James Sharpe, setting his fastest lap of the race in the early stages as he chased Wheeler and Barber, put enough of a gap into the chasing pack to claim a lonely fifth place and the Clubman win, while Stanley also rode to a lonely sixth place and took the win in the Rookie class.

Trevor Sharpe fended off the attention of Bowling and Marshall to take second in the Clubman class, with Bowling third.

Despite coming from the back of the grid in race three, Higlett came through the field and returned to winning ways, crossing the line one and a half seconds ahead of Miles. Bown was absent from proceedings, with the bike too badly damaged from the spill in the earlier race.

Barber was again third ahead of Wheeler, with Moore struggling to fifth after intermittent issues with his powervalves.

James Sharpe took sixth and the Clubman win, passing Trevor Sharpe and Michael Stanley in the closing stages, after the pair chased down the gap James Sharpe had put into them in the opening few laps. Stanley was lead Rookie in seventh with Trevor Sharpe second Clubman.

Cadwell Report02A close battle also ensued for the remaining Clubman podium position. Bowling took the final pot in the end, with he, Davies and Marshall split by less than a second. Club Bike pilot Lee Huff unfortunately crashed out at the Gooseneck on the opening lap.

With the powervalve issue solved for the final race, Moore looked set to take his second win of the weekend, again storming into the race lead. He held the lead for six laps, and started the final circulation at the front of the pack. However, Higlett's drive through Charlie's Two saw him get the drive on the back straight, where he made the pass and held the advantage to the line, aided by Moore's off-track excursion at the Mountain. He rejoined and held on to second.

Miles took third, with Barber setting his best times of the weekend to chase him round and take fourth, with Wheeler in a lonely fifth.

An excellent start for Trevor Sharpe saw him hold sixth for the opening couple of laps, chased by Stanley, Bowling and Marhsall, with James Sharpe in contrast making a terrible start.

Come the midway point and Stanley had found a way past the number four machine and had started to pull away, while James Sharpe had moved into eighth. A lap later and it had developed into a two way battle for sixth with Stanley leading James Sharpe, with Trevor Sharpe chasing.

A last lap move around the outside at Mansfield however relegated Stanley back to seventh and saw James Sharpe take sixth and his fourth Clubman win. Trevor Sharpe took eighth and his third runner-up finish in the Clubman ranks, with Bowling third.
Higlett still leads the championship, with the potential to wrap the series up at Brands Hatch in a few weeks time. James Sharpe has moved into the Clubman championship lead, while Stanley extended his Rookie championship lead with his trophy haul from the weekend.

The next round is on the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit, with Friday practice on the Indy circuit on August 8, with qualifying and racing on the GP layout on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August.

Photo: E.G.B Photography / Racing Line Photography