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Davies breaks Johnson winning run but 'AJ' extends series lead

B12H0203Andy Davies broke series leader Anthony Johnson's winning run at Cadwell Park, after Johnson had dominated the opening round of the DFDS Yamaha Past Masters series at Brands Hatch. However, despite Davies' victory, 'AJ' further extended his series lead after taking three wins around the Lincolnshire circuit.

His weekend started with a third place in race one, after the first attempt to run the race was red-flagged. Re-started in wet conditions, Davies broke away from the rest of the field to take a commanding win ahead of Scott Grant, with Johnson third.

Johnson returned to dominant form for the three remaining races of the weekend, winning Saturday’s second race by over 20 seconds from Grant and Davies. He then won both of Sunday’s races beating Davies and Grant in race one, before finishing ahead of Doug Edmondson and Grant in the final race.

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Lee Huff took a trio of wins in the Clubman class, with a best finish of eighth in race one. The other class win went to Steve Redhead in race two, as he crossed the line in the points 13th place. Alan Wood and Douglas Beacock shared the Rookie spoils, with two wins apiece.

Donington Park Round Dropped From Calendar

Donington 2014 StartThe Donington Park round of the 2015 season, scheduled for 20-21 June, has been cancelled following the circuit's own commitments to this year's British Grand Prix.

The circuit, which hosts a British Grand Prix this year for the first time since 2009, has been instructed to carry out a full resurfacing prior to the event. With the process requiring two weeks to complete, and also at a time when ambient temperatures are higher than they have been during the off-season, the fourth round of the DFDS Seaways sponsored Yamaha Past Masters series has been rescheduled.

However, the 2015 season will continue to run over nine rounds, with Cadwell Park replacing the Donington Park meeting. The rescheduled round will take place at the glorious Lincolnshire venue the week prior, with racing on 13-14 June, with Friday practice available on the June 12. It will also mean two visits to Cadwell Park for the YPMRC in 2015.

Donington Park Circuit Manager, Bob Adams, said, "It's been a very difficult decision. The way the dates fell for the necessary circuit work has, in the end, meant we’ve had to let down a regular customer in the British Motorcycle Racing Club (Bemsee).

"For that we are really sorry, but we hope to be able to make up for this in the future."

Bemsee CEO, Mike Dommett said, "The unexpected news relating to our scheduled date with Donington has caused us difficulties, but we are grateful to the circuit management team in advising us as soon as it became apparent that there was an issue."

Cadwell Announcement 2015Speaking on the replacement round at Cadwell Park, he added, "The Club is grateful to MSV for its assistance in offering this fallback at late notice during a period where the majority of circuits are already fully booked some months ago."

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Gyte Shines At Treacherous Cadwell

Cadwell 2015 01A soaking wet Cadwell Park and round four of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters series saw Clubman championship hopeful Sacha Gyte shine through the treachourous conditions to take three clubman class wins and his first ever overall podiums, as he came away with a third and two seconds.

Gyte qualified on the front row on Saturday morning, behind Graham Higlett and pole-sitter and series leader Matt Barber, and converted it into a podium finish in the first race, finishing third. It was his first YPMRC podium and earned him the Clubman win.

Out front, Barber pulled a commanding lead and sailed to victory, crossing the line some 18 seconds ahead of  second place, which went the way of returning fan-favourite Pete Fishwick.

Fishwick qualified on the second row in fifth but came through to third place in the early stages. He eventually passed Gyte, who sat second, on lap three, and held the position to the chequered flag.

Gyte finished third but came under fire from Ben Miles in the closing stages. After two slower circulations for Gyte, Miles found himself right on the back of the 33-plated TZR250, the pair split by just two hundedths of a second at the chequered flag.

Marc Prentice finished in a lonely fifth place but took second in the Clubman classification, ahead of Andrew Davies and Richard Sawyer, the former YPMRC Rookie and Clubman champion also returning for a one-off ride. The final spot on the Clubman podium went to Steve Higerty in eighth, as he finished just ahead of last year's Rookie champion Michael Stanley, with Trevor Sharpe, the reigning Clubman champion and also guesting this weekend, finishing 10th. Lee Huff's 11th saw him take the Rookie class win.

Race two followed a similar pattern to race one out front, with Barber taking a comfortable win, this time with a winning margin of six seconds. And it was both Fishwick and Gyte who again stood on the podium with him at the end of the race. This time however, Gyte managed to put an eight second gap into Fishwick and take an excellent second place and another Clubman win.

11402722 692241530882607 2739103880420016584 nFourth went to Davies on the Gibson Exhausts Yamaha. Sadly the race didn't fare so well for his teammate Miles, who retired on the last lap.

The Wave Racing duo of Doug Edmondson and Steve Higerty were fifth and sixth consecutively, with Higerty second in the Clubman results. Higlett was seventh after a scrap with Sharpe, who finished eighth and third in the Clubman category. Ninth went to Huff who took another Rookie race win while fellow Rookie Giles Harwood completed the top 10.

The bad weather remained on Sunday, but it did little to dampen Barber's spirits or his form, as he streaked to another win and completed his hat-trick. After following Gyte for the opening lap he made his move and hit the front, pulling a 14 second gap by the time the chequered flag came out.

Gyte looked a dead cert for second place, but a last lap mistake nearly gave Davies the opportunity he needed to snatch the position away from last year's Rookie runner-up. Gyte held on though, despite less than a second covering them at the flag. It was also Gyte's third Clubman class win of the weekend.

Edmondson crossed the line in fourth but was handed a 10-second penalty for a yellow flag infringement, along with his teammate Higerty. That elevated Higlett to fourth and Miles to fifth, with Edmondson classified sixth.

Giles Harwood took an excellent seventh and the Rookie win, with Higerty relegated to eighth. He picked up a second place Clubman trophy. Sharpe was ninth and third Clubman with Stanley 10th.

The final race of the weekend saw Barber's win-streak broken as Davies took an excellent win. Barber was second and further extended his series lead, while Harwood took a superb third place albeit a lonely one after Gyte crashed out at the Gooseneck giving chase. Harwood also took the Rookie win.

Higlett finished fourth with Higerty fifth and the leading Clubman, ahead of Paul Whitby, who needed a strong result to keep any Clubman championship hopes alive. He was the second Clubman rider home with Kevin Marshall seventh and third Clubman. Huff, Paul Davies and Robert Davies on the Yambits Club Bike completed the top 10.

10898021 691141210992639 5248769134554811860 nHowever, a cloud hung over the paddock and the final race of the meeting. Following a start-line incident in the final 400 race, which YPMRC bikes are eligible for, Ben Miles was airlifted to hospital. He remains there but with positive updates every day. He is now off sedation and breathing for himself, and everyone in the YPMRC paddock wishes him all the best.

Also involved in the accident were Martin Pearson and Michael Stanley. Pearson was taken to hospital but has since been discharched with no broken bones, while Stanley walked away from the accident but his bike was too badly damaged to make the final race.

The next round of the series heads to Pembrey on 10-12 July.

Photography - E.G.B Photography

Higlett Looking To Extend Winning Run At Cadwell Park

Cadwell Preview01Graham Higlett heads to Cadwell Park and the second round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship with the series lead and 100% win record, a run he'll be looking to extend at the Lincolnshire venue.

Preliminary checks of the weather forecast however hint that this could be one of the most fiercely contested rounds of the season.

Despite the warm weather, showers are forecast for the weekend, which will upset Higlett's rhythm, as he openly admits to not being a fan of the wet weather. Two of the favourites to challenge Higlett's dominance again are Matt Barber and Doug Edmondson, with both riders proving fast in both the wet and dry. Others likely to challenge the front also include Pete Moore, who comes to Cadwell with upgraded suspension as he looks to improve his lap times further, and Simon Braby, who has impressed so far this season with a number of podiums. Andy Davies and Andy Wheeler will also be tipped to join the fray at the front. Sadly Mike Wake won't be present after his excellent podium at Donington Park.

Clubman honours look set to be hard fought over the weekend too. Championship leader Paul Whitby will be absent from proceedings, leaving previous points to be had, with both Trevor and James Sharpe, who sit second and third in the standings, looking to overhaul Whitby's lead. Expect close racing at the front of the Clubman battle, with John Walker certain to be in the fray along with a confident Paul Davies and pushing on for Clubman wins. Watch out too for a returning Marc Prentice, while Paul Bowling and Kev Marshal will be in the mix, too.

The closest championship being contested is that for the 2014 Rookie crown, with five points separating Sacha Gyte and Michael Stanley. After mechanical issues at Donington, Tim Hall will also be looking to do battle for top Rookie honours, along with Club Bike pilot Lee Huff.

The action starts with Friday practice on July 18, with qualifying and racing on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 July. The class will also be convening for the annual 'Cadwell Curry' in the paddock on Saturday evening.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Lee Huff Claims Club Bike For Cadwell

Club Bike CadwellThe YPMRC TZR250 CLub Bike has been booked for Cadwell Park, with Lee Huff taking his first steps into motorcycle racing, after a history of racing and doing track days in cars.

Lee, from Chepstow, spent a season racing Caterhams 15 years ago, and has a number of car track days under his belt, however, despite being relatively new to riding motorcycles, he has held a long-burning passion to race bikes.

He said, "I have only recently taken up motorcycling, at the age of 40, hoping that common sense and self preservation have improved somewhat from my early years in cars.

"I got my road licence about eight months ago and bought myself a 1999 Honda Fireblade. But apart from the CTC Course Assessment at Pembrey I have not yet done any trackdays on my bike. However, I have one booked at Castle Coombe in April and am also booked for Ron Haslam's race school at Donington in May. I also hope to get another one in before the race at Cadwell in July.

"I'm originally from Lincolnshire so Cadwell was the 'local' track, hence the attraction and also chance for some home support. The club bike sounds like an excellent way to experience a race weekend and if all goes well I plan to do a full season next year."

For more information on the YPM Club Bikes, click here.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Lee Huff Joins YPM Grid For Final Round

Brands ClubBike Preview01Lee Huff will line up on the YPM grid for the second time this season, the Club Bike graduate taking part in the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.

Huff, who rode the Yambits sponsored Club Bike at the fifth round earlier in the year, took a 15th and a 10th at Cadwell Park, before crashing out at the Gooseneck on the opening lap of the third race.

However, it wasn't enough to deter Huff, who hails from Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. After securing a TZR250 for the final round, he has his eyes firmly fixed on the 2015 YPMRC Rookie championship.

The final round takes place on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit on October 4-5.

Photo: E.G.B Photography