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Barber Hat-Trick At Brands But Higlett's Not Out Yet

Barber BrandsGP 2015Matt Barber's hat-trick of wins at Brands Hatch and round six of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters championship extended his series lead, but reigning champion Higlett showed he's still fighting to retain his crown.

Championship leader Barber qualified on pole, and hit the front at the start of the weekend's opening race, with Higlett in tow. Higlett made a move for the lead in the early stages, but was sadly forced to retire almost immediately after with mechanical issues. Higlett's retirement allowed Barber to pull out a commanding lead of nearly 11 seconds at the chequered flag, as he took his first win of the weekend.

Second went the way of Pete Moore, the Manxman locked in a race-long scrap with Pete Fishwick, the former race-winner and YPMRC stalwart making a wild-card appearance. It set the tone for the whole weekend, with the pair inseperable around the famous Brands Hatch GP circuit. Just five hundredths of a second split the pair at the line, as one of the closest battles all season confirmed the podium finishers.

Doug Edmondson finished fourth, narrowly fending off the attentions of rookie and hot prospect Scott Grant - Grant would go on to receive the British Motorcycle Racing Club's Sir Ben Ball Trophy as its 'tip for the top'. Grant also secured yet another Rookie class win.

BrandsGP 2015Behind the top five raged a battle for top Clubman honours, with nothing to choose between Paul Whitby, Sacha Gyte, Paul Toland (who was also making a wild-card appearance this weekend) and Steve Higerty.

After a sluggish start to the season for Whitby by his own standards, he hit a rich vein of form at Brands, and after a four-way scrap for the number one Clubman spot, he managed to pull out a gap of over one and half seconds to take the class win in sixth place.

Following him across the line were the other three, all looking to fill the Clubman class podium, with Gyte and Higerty also very much with an eye on this year's championship. Less than half a second covered the drag to the line, with Gyte and Toland seventh and eighth and second and third in class. Steve Higerty took ninth while his brother Kevin Higerty, still returning after a serious back injury sustained last season, finished in a lonely 10th place.

Race two and Barber again raced unchallenged to victory, but the impressive ride of the race went to Higlett, who came through from the back of the grid to finish second, just five seconds adrift of Barber.

The battle for third saw Moore and Fishwick reignite the fire from race one, however this time they were joined by Grant, making it a three-way fight for third.

Moore Fishwick BrandsGP 2015It was Fishwick who held second early on, and when Higlett passed him he still retained third for much of the race. Unfortunately for him he was eventually passed by Moore before Grant also made a pass stick. It ended up in another drag for the line, with Moore taking third by six hundredths of a second fromt Grant, while Fishwck was just seven hundredths further back on the Rookie class winner.

Sixth and the Clubman win again went to Whitby, as three tenths of a second covered the class podium, this time with Toland seventh and Gyte eighth. Steve Higerty dropped of the fight for the class podium in the closing stages but still finished ninth.

10th went to Paul Henson, as he dragged himself clear of a tense dice with Giles Harwood, Kevin Higerty and Paul Davies, who finished 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

With the final round of the championship taking place at Snetterton this season, the club's annual hog-roast was rescheduled for the Brands Hatch GP round, with riders past and present enjoying a social evening in the paddock, with funds also raised for Club Fat Boy, to help former rider Craig Jennings.

Clearly not too full of boar on Sunday morning however was Barber, as he raced to his third win of the weekend, seeing off the attentions of Higlett to take the win by two seconds and further extend his series lead.

After shadowing Higlett for much of the race Grant began to lose ground on the reigning champion, but looked like he had third in the bag. However, pushing too hard, he lost the front on the final lap at Westfield and crashed out. That meant Fishwick and Moore's battle suddenly became for the final rostrum spot, with Fishwick claiming it by three hundredths of a second.

Gyte BrandsGP 2015After a DNF in race two, Edmondson came from the back of the grid to finish fifth, ahead of the ongoing Clubman tussle. Gyte took the class win and finished sixth, while Michael Stanley, after a round (and pretty much a season to date) of mechanical woes, finished a tenth further back in seventh and was second Clubman. Paul Whitby finished eighth and rounded out the Clubman podium.

Giles Harwood muscled his way into the top 10 and finished ninth, also taking the Rookie class win along the way, with Kevin Higerty just behind him in 10th. 

The final race of the weekend saw Higlett return to winning ways, as he beat Barber by just a tenth of a second to show he's still in with a shout of the championship, setting the fastest lap of the weekend on the final lap of the race along the way. Barber had led every lap throughout the race, but Higlett led the one that mattered to prevent a Barber clean-sweep.

Third went to Fishwick, after a mistake on the final lap by Moore meant he crossed the line nearly four seconds further back. After a DNF in Sunday's opener, Toland recovered to come through and take the Clubman class win in fifth, with Stanley and Gyte sixth and seventh and second and third in class.

Whitby finished eighth ahead of Harwood, who took the Rookie win, and Kevin Higerty. Steve Higerty made it two DNFs for the day, adding to his crash from the earlier race with a mechanical retirement in the final race.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters takes place at Cadwell Park on September 4-6.

Photos: E.G.B Photography

Barber Secures Maiden YPMRC Title

11225332 738031699636923 4759276059245014235 oMatt Barber secured his maiden DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club championship title at the penultimate round at Brands Hatch, in what has been a dominant year for the former Rookie champion.

Barber, who started racing in the club after a weekend onboard the Yambits-sponsored Club Bike experience in 2012, has been untouchable for much of the season, taking his tally of victories to 18 at Brands Hatch, and wrapping up the title with a round to spare.

Coming off the back of a clean-sweep of victories at Cadwell Park, Barber started Brands Hatch the right way by qualifying on pole position, after the fog that saw a race lost from Saturday's schedule had cleared.

And he looked on course to take victory in the first race, leading the way in the opening stages. However, he was soon passed by Doug Edmondson, before also being passed by a returning Rik Ballerini, racing onboard the number-seven plated, Triple X Racing TZR250.

Edmondson pulled out nearly a second's advantage at the front, but was quickly reeled in by Ballerini, who made a move for the lead on lap on lap seven. All the while this was going on Higlett was making progress from his fifth placed qualifying spot, and passed Barber for third and then Edmondson for second on lap eight.

However, he couldn't do anything about race leader Ballerini, who crossed the line to take the win with Higlett in second, Edmondson in third, and Barber in fourth.

Sacha Gyte was also crowned the YPMRC Clubman champion the same weekend, his first year in the running after his rookie season in 2014.

12087052 738031666303593 3474830963218989797 oGyte added another Clubman class win to his tally in the opening race, after a fierce battle with his title challenger Paul Whitby and returning Manx Grand Prix finisher Peter Moore.

Gyte crossed the line in fifth for the Clubman win, with Moore sixth and Whitby seventh and second in the Clubman class.

Andy Davies finished eighth ahead of Rookie class winner Scott Grant, with fellow rookie Giles Harwood 10th, just ahead of Tim Hall, who set his fastest ever lap of the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

The second race of the day was cancelled due to the earlier fog, however, the club still managed to fit in the held over race from the Silverstone round earlier in the season.

Barber took the win from Higlett and Edmondson, while Gyte took another Clubman class win and Grant added another Rookie first place trophy to his collection.

Sunday saw the schedule return to normal, and had two 12-lap races in store.

Starting from pole position, Ballerini took the lead on the opening lap, but was soon passed Barber on lap two. From there, the new champion was never headed, and recorded another victory.

Ballerini took second, eventually pulling out an eight second gap on Higlett in third place, who came out on top in the battle for the final podium spot.

12087289 738195732953853 5415030290557126197 oFourth went to Edmondson, while Gyte's fifth place handed him another Clubman win. Pete Moore was sixth with Giles Harwood seventh and the leading Rookie. Less than two hundredths of a second back was Davies in eighth, while only three tenths further back again was Whitby, who took second in the Clubman class. Grant completed the top 10 and was second Rookie.

Just one second covered the podium in the final race of the weekend, but this time it was Ballerini on the top step of the podium again, flanked by Barber and Higlett at the chequered flag.

Edmondson was in contention for a podium finish in the early laps, and held second in the opening stages before dropping to third. However, a mistake on lap five cost him too much time to ever make up again, and he ended the race in a lonely fourth place.

Moore was fifth after a battle with fellow Manx Grand Prix finisher, albeit this time in 2014, Davies, who finished sixth.

Whitby finished seventh and took the Clubman class win, but it was a case of too little too late in terms of the championship, ahead of Harwood who took another Rookie win in eighth place. New Clubman champion Gyte took ninth place, with Grant completing the top 10 and taking 20 Rookie championship points.

The DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club heads to Snetterton for the final round of the series, with practice getting underway on Friday 23 October, before qualifying and racing action takes places on 24-25 October.

Photography: Liz Barber

Champions Decided At Final Round

BrandsIndy01With Graham Higlett already crowned this year's DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Champion, the final round at Brands Hatch was still the scene for the battle for second in the championship standings, as well as Clubman and Rookie honours.

The Clubman championship was one battle that was set to go to the wire, with just 13 points separating Trevor Sharpe and James Sharpe. However, a crash in Friday practice ruled James Sharpe out of the weekend's races, handing the Clubman championship to Trevor Sharpe, with no one else able of overhauling his lead.

The Rookie class however, was far from decided, with 64 separating Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte at the top, and it was Gyte who started the right way in the rain in Saturday's opening encounter, finishing eighth and lead Rookie ahead of Lee Huff, another Rookie who rode the Yambits Club Bike at Cadwell Park. Stanley finished 12th and third Rookie, giving away nine points to Gyte.

At the front Dan Wright, back for his second race of the season and looking good at the front, crashed out of the lead, handing victory to Doug Edmondson, who ended up cruising to the win by six seconds, finishing ahead of Matt Barber, the pair both aiming for second in the overall championship. Emma Jarman, having her first ride in the class also crashed out on Pete Fishwick's TZR250.

Higlett finished third, just a tenth of a second ahead of a returning Steve King. Kevin Marshall finished lead Clubman after an excellent ride, and rounded out the top five. Len Whalin finished seventh behind Pete Moore and second Clubman. Trevor Sharpe finished tenth and completed the Clubman podium.

BrandsIndy02Saturday's second race was another rain-soaked affair, and Stanley's hunt for the Rookie championship took another hit. As the pack charged towards Paddock Hill for the first time, Stanley's over-exurberance on the throttle saw the rear let go, and as he slid towards the gravel, he skittled the unlucky Paul Bowling and Nick Kennet.

With all the riders up and okay, Gyte rode to the Rookie class win in eighth, putting a further 25 points in Stanley's class lead. At the front, Matt Barber fended off Edmondson for the race win in the battle for second in the championship, with Wright coming through the pack to finish on the podium in third. King finished fourth ahead of the lead Clubman, Marshall.

Jarman also came through the field to finish sixth ahead of Moore, Gyte, Paul Davies and Whalin, while newly-crowned champion Higlett crashed out on lap five.

In contrast to Saturday's water-logged affair, Sunday was positively glorious. With the field full from the paddock hogroast the nightbefore, the day's opening 10-lap race saw King take the win, closely followd by Barber and Wright. Edmondson finished fourth ahead of Jarman, who crossed the line in fifth and ahead of Higlett in sixth. Moore finished seventh with a jump-start penalty, however it didn't affect the result, with Stanley eighth and lead rookie.

Paul Whitby took his first Clubman win of the weekend in his fight to regain third in the Clubman standings, finishing ninth ahead of Marshall with Whalin third Clubman in 11th.

BrandsIndy03In the final race Barber cemented second place in the 2014 championship standings after a race-long dice with King. Barber took the win by just over a tenth of a second. Edmondson took third, coming out on top in a three-way battle for the final spot on the podium. Behind him finished Moore and Wright.

Higlett and Jarman finishd sixth and seventh, with Marshall taking his third Clubman win of the weekend in eighth after what has been a challenging season for the Derbyshireman. Stanley finished behind him as lead Rookie in ninth, ensuring he was crowned the 2014 YPMRC Rookie champion, with Whitby rounding out the top 10 and claiming second Clubman. With Davies finishing fifth Clubman, it was enough for Whitby to secure the final spot on the Clubman championship podium.

The annual BMCRC Dinner Dance takes place on 15 November at the Ashford International Hotel, where the champions will be presented with their trophies.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Yambits Club Bike Gets First Booking For 2016

11209420 727259124047514 6815588437643309812 nThe Yambits sponsored YPMRC club bike has received its first booking for the 2016 season.

Max House, from West Wickham, has booked to do the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in October.

A full licence holder and track day regular, Max will be new to racing, and has booked on to do the BMCRC Rookie Race School in February at Brands Hatch.

Yambits Club Bike Gets Two More Bookings For 2016 Season

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The Yambits sponsored YPMRC Club Bike has been booked for two more rounds of the 2016 season, taking the total so far to three.

A number of current YPM racers took their first steps into the the class via the Yambits Club Bike, including last year's champion Matt Barber, and it will provide Denis Halil and Joe Dickenson with their first taste of the competitive-but-friendly two-stoke series.

Halil, from Hulbridge in Essex, is a self-confessed two-stroke addict, and has a history of racing TZ250s. After a break from racing, Halil is looking to return to racing with a two-stroke class that is more affordable than racing GP machinery, and has been following the racing vi the YPMRC Facebook page for some time. He will make his class debut at the Brands Hatch GP round in August.

Dickenson will contest the Oulton Park round in June, and hails from Northwich. The 25-year-old has raced CB500s, and is a fan of single make championships.

Looking for a change of scenery for 2016, Dickenson is also eager to ride and race a two-stroke; something he has yet to do.

For for information on the Club Bike, click here.

YPM Bound For Big Brands Bash

Brands GP Preview01The DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters racing club is set for Brands Hatch this weekend, as the club gathers for the annual meeting on the prestigious GP layout.

Fresh from his maiden win at Cadwell Park, Manxman Pete Moore will be looking to mount the top step of the podium again this weekend, but can expect to face stiff competition from Graham Higlett. Higlett saw his impressive win-streak come to an end in Lincolnshire, but can wrap up the title this weekend if results go his way.

Matt Barber had an impressive Cadwell meeting, battling in each race with Andy Wheeler, but was unable to challenge at the very front. He'll be looking for better things at Brands, where he took his first YPM win last season, albeit on the Indy circuit. However it was on the GP circuit where he made his YPM bow on the Yambits sponsored Club Bike. Wheeler also has fond memories of Brands, also the venue of his first race win.

The Club Bike, kept on track with the help of the Yamaha parts specialists, will also be in action again this weekend, piloted by Mark Ewans. He'll be competing for Rookie class wins with Michael Stanley, who heads the Rookie championship after four excellent rides at Cadwell Park. Scha Gyte will be looking to get back to his competitive best after a spate of crashes and mechanical issues, while Tim Hall will be looking for more with new machinery this weekend.

A returning Paul Whitby will be looking to recover ground in the hunt for the Clubman Championship. James Sharpe currently leads the chase by 10 points, but both Whitby and second in the standings Trevor Sharpe have gone well at the Kentish circuit in the past. After a strong showing at Cadwell, Paul Bowling will also be one to watch out for in the Clubman class, along with a returning Marc Prentice.

Brands GP Preview02However, all could come down to who handles the weather the best. With rain forecast for Sunday's races, the order could well be a surprise.

The sixth round of the championship takes place on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August on the Brands Hatch GP circuit, with two races on both days plus qualifying on Saturday. Practice takes place on the Friday on the Indy circuit.

Photo: E.G.B Photography