Higlett Eyes Championship Crown
Graham Higlett could win his second DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship at this weekend's penultimate round, with the 2012 champion eyeing victory at his home track.
Set for the second visit to the Snetterton 300 circuit, the venue for the opening round of the 2014 season, Higlett boasts a championship lead of 157 points. If he can score enough points to leave with a points advantage of over 100, he will be crowned 2014 champion.
However, it is by no mean a formality, with Higlett recovering from the injury he sustained at the previous round, as well as a number of other riders eyeing race wins.
Fresh from his two victories at Brands Hatch, Matt Barber will be looking to taste victory again at Snetterton, where he was the only rider able to push Higlett at the first round, while Pete Moore will also be hungry for race wins after his impressive win at Cadwell Park. Don't count out Doug Edmondson either, while a wild-carding Richard Sawyer will also be looking to mix at the sharp end at his home circuit.
The battle for Clubman honours is also primed to ignite at Snetterton. Trevor Sharpe now leads the championship standings, with a 26 point advantage over James Sharpe. After an excellent weekend at Brands Hatch, where he took his first ever Clubman win, Paul Davies now sits in third place, and will be eager to try and wrestle second place in the championship away from Sharpe. However, he will have his work cut out, as Paul Whitby is looking to bounce back to form after a torrid weekend at Brands last time out and recover his top three position in the championship.
While those look set to fight it out amongst themselves, fellow Clubman Paul Bowling and Kev Marshal will be be looking to join the fray, while Rookie Michael Stanley will also be looking to ruin a few weekends for people by battling for positions again too. Stanley currently sits second in the Rookie Championship, but with Sacha Gyte absent from proceedings, he and fellow Rookie Tim Hall will be hoping to take advantage ahead of the final round at Brands Hatch. But don't discount this weekend's Yambits Club Bike pilot Keith Cotgrove, who, with a racing history from a few years ago, might just throw his hat in the ring for some trophies, too, along with wild-carding Rookie Matt Sharpe, guesting on Paul Whitby's number two bike.
It's set to be an entertaining weekend through the field, with everyone keen to be the one to stop Higlett from celebrating a championship win just yet, and plenty to fight for down the order too.
The penultimate round of the 2014 DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Championship takes place on the Snetterton 300 circuit, with practice on Friday 5 September, with racing on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 September.
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