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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

Club Bike Gets First Bookings Of 2015

Club Bike Booking2015 01The Yambits club bike has already received its first bookings for the forthcoming season, with three of the nine available rounds secured by riders looking to get a taste of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club.

The second round of the 2015 calendar at Silverstone has been booked by Michael Brown from Solihul, who boasts a season of formula 600 racing under his belt from his early 20s.

No stranger to track days, Michael's interest in YPM stems from past ownership of a TZR250 3MA, which he openly admits is his favourite bike.

He will get his first experience with the YPMRC at Silverstone in May.

Also signed up for the Yambits-sponsored TZR250 club bike in 2015 is Graeme Smith from Macclesfield, who did a round of the MZ experience in 2014, but sees YPM as more of the class for him, and Paul Middleton, who has secured the Brands Hatch GP round.

Paul, from Surrey, has experience of the Brands Hatch GP circuit and was looking at a number of classes to join next season.

However, he settled on YPM, saying, "I'd been looking at YPM and the Ducati Desmo Championship too.

"YPM looked better I think as it emphasises the atmosphere, whereas the other guys seem purely obsessed with their bikes.

"Ultimately I'm in it to have fun and learn plus I've always wanted to try a two stroke road bike."

To see a full list of dates for 2015 and the club bike's availability, click here.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

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