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2014 YPMRC Award Winners

10712837 10152345608740060 8299951621437692940 nAlongside the more obvious champions and championship top-threes that receive their awards, the Yamaha Past Masters Club has always been sure to thank and reward those that give a little extra, whether that's through dedication to the club, or by crashing a lot.

At the final round at Brands Hatch, the assembled YPM riders and crews again gathered for a season-ending hog roast and their own awards ceremony.

Mark Silcox - Dedication To YPM

Despite never racing with the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, Mark Silcox - better known around the paddock as Billy - attends nearly every round. Booking his accommodation well in advance as soon as the calendar is announced, Billy also feeds a lot of the paddock with the cakes he brings, courtesy of his wife Alison. This year he also drove to collect the food for the annual Cadwell Curry.

Since suffering a big accident at Brands Hatch in 2009, which put paid to his racing exploits, Billy came to a number of YPM meetings with Tony Hoare. From there he got to know more and more people in the paddock. Setting up camp with the Sharpes and Paul Whitby, Billy spends his time putting bikes on and off stands, removing tyre warmers, helping with last minute wheel changes, and enjoying paddock life.

15282 583796265060468 6458769773707129232 nSacha Gyte - Crasher Of The Year

One of the more difficult years when it came to deciding on this year's Crasher of the Year award, with a number of riders all boasting the same number of crashes. Nominees included Tim Hall, Michael Stanley, Matt Barber (not least of all for crashing out of the lead at Oulton and his inclusion in the now infamous Melbourne Loop pile up), James Sharpe, Paul Whitby, and Graham Higlett.


However, Gyte was eventually awarded the trophy after crashing from bolt upright at Oulton Park, and for crashing at the final corner at Donington on the final lap from what would have been his best finish of the season. He admitted later to changing his line on the last lap to reflect other riders around him.

10543621 547862868653808 2962358012145467110 nPete Moore - Best Prepared Bike

Pete Moore's TZR250 wasn't shy of a mechanical issue in in 2013. So for 2014 he spent the winter meticulously preparing it, treating it to nice new bodywork too. Many more mechanical issues and a couple of slides on its later, and you wouldn't know to look at.

Instead it was always clean, never held together with gaffer tape and cable ties, and always looking full factory.

10702110 573638986076196 1339323710506134898 nPaul Davies - Most Improved Rider

Riding the 2013 championship-winning bike paid dividends for Paul Davies. Improving immediately, Davies spent the opening part of the season getting closer and closer to the front runners in the battle for the Clubman Championship.

By the Brands Hatch GP round, he had well and truly announced himself in the fight for Clubman wins, taking his first class victory in the final race of the weekend. From there he went on to take two more and a second at Snetterton, putting himself in contention for third place in the Clubman championship.

Unfortunately for Davies, a crash in the final race at Snetterton impacted his performance at the final round and he finished off the Clubman podium in fourth overall, but certainly showed that he will be one to watch in 2015.

10393707 547128352060593 8144233763818421082 nLee Huff - Yambits Club Bike Rider Of The Year

Every rider who raced the Club Bike this season was eligible for the Yambits Club Bike award, with many factors coming in to play when deciding on a winner, including performance, enthusiasm, and fit within the YPMRC fold.

Again, a number of candidates were put forward, including Barry Drummond after taking the bike to its first Rookie class win at Donington Park. However, it was eventually awarded to Lee Huff. After a string of impressive performances at Cadwell Park - and a crash - Huff then went and put himself on the grid for the final round of the championship on the bike he will race in 2015.

JSweb RLGa0738James Sharpe - YPM Marshal Award

Every season the YPM Marhsals of Den, Nicki and Scott Grant present their own YPM Marshal award, based on a number of categories. For 2014, this was awarded to Clubman runner-up James Sharpe.

"The YPM Marshal award is awarded in memory of Sophie," Den explains. " Sophie came to racing as part of our family to support me when I was racing in YPM in 2005.

"Sophie died in 2010 in her sleep when she was 17 and we ask the riders to wear a sunflower sticker with a smile, to give us a smile just like she had.

"We wanted to do something fun for Sophie's memory and thought of having an award for things that we talked about on the way home, just like we did on long journeys back from circuits when I was racing; the things that made us smile during the weekend. Silly things like riders waving at each other whilst over taking, a rider helping pick their bike up after a little spill.

"This year the award goes to Jamie ' I will try and remember to wave' Sharpe. He had a varied year's racing where he managed to scare us at Silverstone with a big wobble, had mechanical problems and a few spills too. But we also witnessed some very good results and some special overtaking of his fellow racers and family members."

Barry Drummond Takes Club Bike To Rookie Class Win

Drummond WinBarry Drummond took the YPMRC Club Bike to victory in race one at Donington Park at the weekend, finishing as the highest Rookie with an eighth placed finish overall.

Drummond enjoyed a race-long battle with more established riders in the field, swapping places with Rookie championship hopeful Michael Stanley, as well as Clubman riders Trevor Sharpe, Paul Davies, and John Walker.

He was presented with his winner's trophy at the usual Saturday night award ceremony in front of the rest of the paddock, where he received a rousing round of applause from the gathered YPMRC members and other classes alike.

A full weekend report from an eventful Donington Park meeting will be posted soon.

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

Club Bikes Booked For Donington

Both YPMRC Club Bikes have received their first bookings for the 2014 season, with both the TZR and 350LC booked up for the Donington round in June.

Jon Cockram from Oldbury will pilot the 350, and boasts prior racing experience, albeit on four wheels rather than two, and has decided to make the switch to bikes. And with a long-standing desire to race an RD350, YPM proved to be the ideal class.

Aboard the TZR will be Barry Drummond. Barry has also raced before and is looking for the ideal class to join, coming into things with a fondness for two-strokes.

Interest is high in both of the YPMRC Club Bikes, with both expected to be fully booked at each meeting. For more information and for the contact form, click here.

 

Higlett Dominates Eventful Donington

Donington Report01Graham Higlett dominated an eventful Donington Park meeting for the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters, taking all three wins and extending his 100% record this season.

At the previous round at Oulton Park it seemed the nearest challenger to Higlett's dominance was Matt Barber, who led the opening race before crashing out of the lead as the rain began to fall, handing the win to Higlett.

And it was Barber who again looked most likely to halt Higlett's winning run, qualifying on pole, three tenths of a second ahead of Pete Moore and half a second ahead of championship leader Higlett.

The opening race started how it would carry on. Contact at turn one on the opening lap saw Sacha Gyte and Paul Bowling head towards the gravel, with only Gyte able to rejoin. And as the field arrived at the Melbourne Loop on the opening lap, three of the front runners went down, handing the advantage to early race leader Higlett. Doug Edmondson, Moore and Barber were the three riders involved, allowing Higlett to ride to a comfortable victory, his 12th of the season.

More than half of the field failed to finish, or start, as was the unfortunate case for Pete Fishwick and Simon Braby, the pair plagued by mechanical gremlins. Also suffering from mechanical issues was Kev Marshall, who didn't complete a lap, before Martin Peason, Mark Elleray and Neil Hesman also retired early on.

With Andy Davies and Mike Wake riding lonely races in second and third and John Parbury looking secure in fourth, a titanic mid-pack battle emerged. Paul Whitby and James Sharpe battled it out for Clubman honours and fifth place, before Gyte recovered from his early off-track excursion and joined the fray. However, Rookie championship hopeful Gyte would crash out of fifth on the final lap at Goddards, handing the position to Whitby.

Behind those three was Trevor Sharpe, John Walker, Club Bike pilot Barry Drummond, Paul Davies and Michael Stanley, all providing the spectators with some superb racing. Walker unfortunately crashed out in the closing stages at McLean.

Donington Report02At the chequered flag Higlett took the win, 12 seconds ahead of Andy Davies, while Mike Wake took his first ever podium finish with an excellent third place.

Parbury was fourth ahead of the Clubman podium of Whitby, James Sharpe and Trevor Sharpe, with Drummond taking the win in the Rookie class after Gyte's crash.

Higlett was again the victor in Sunday's opener, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Barber, who came through from the back of the grid to finish second, leaving behind him a four-way scrap for the final podium position.

Andy Davies held the position for the majority of the race, but was pushed to the line by Edmondson, Fishwick and Moore, with just two seconds separating the four of them.

Parbury and Wake were seventh and eighth, before the battle for Clubman honours crossed the line, which saw Trevor Sharpe and Whitby locked in a battle for the race win throughout, half a second covering them at the line, with James Sharpe third Clubman in 11th.

Fourth and Fifth in the Clubman and 12th and 13th overall was Paul Davies and Bowling, half a second splitting them at the chequered flag, as Michael Stanley took the win in the Rookie class, ahead of Drummond and Gyte, Walker, Pearson and Elleray.

The third and final race of the weekend saw Higlett extend his winning run, but the story was of Pete Fishwick taking a hard-fought second place.

Fishwick was less than four seconds back of the race-winner after eight laps of the Donington Park GP circuit, and crossed the line just over a second ahead of Moore and Andy Davies, who were third and fourth.

The Clubman podium occupied positions nine, 10 and 11, with Whitby closing down the early lead pulled by James Sharpe to battle for the win onto the last lap. Whitby held the advantage starting the final circulation, until James Sharpe found a way passed into McLean. Trevor Sharpe followed through and passed Whitby at Coppice and onto the back straight, before the Melbourne Loop saw both Sharpes take a tight line, with Whitby attempting a pass around the outside. A three-abreast charge into Goddards ended with Whitby taking the win from James and Trevor Sharpe, just seven tenths separating the three at the line.

With Michael Stanley absent from the final race with a fuel issue and Hall retiring, Gyte and Drummond went head to head for Rookie honours. Drummond eventually came out on top in the scrap, but when penalised for a jump start was docked 10 seconds, handing the win to Gyte.

Higlett leads the championship on 350 points, a whopping 155 ahead of Edmondson, with Andy Davies third.

Donington Report03Whitby leads the Clubman championship from Trevor and James Sharpe, while Gyte holds a slender four point lead over Stanley in the Rookie championship.

The next round for the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters is Cadwell Park on July 18-20.

Photos: E.G.B Photography / Racing Line 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

Macqueen In Charge As Higlett Struggles

Snet 2015 01Neil Macqueen took three wins from four at the opening round of the DFDS Seaways-backed Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club series at Snetterton, while reigning champion Graham Higlett had a weekend to forget at his local circuit.

A wet qualifying saw Macqueen qualify on pole with a lap time nearly six seconds quicker than anyone else, set on his final lap of the session. Pete Moore qualified second, while last year's Rookie championship runner-up Sacha Gyte completed the front row.

Higlett qualified in seventh, but as track conditions improved for the race, he was able to make progress towards the front of the pack, and led onto the final lap. However, he was out-foxed, with Macqueen stealing victory by eight tenths of a second. Higlett was second with Pete Moore just eight thousandths of a second further back in third.

It was a lonely ride for Matt Barber in fourth, before a train of riders crossed the line in the battle for fifth. At the front was Scott Grant, the Rookie making his YPMRC debut with a class win. He crossed the line less than a second ahead of Steve Higerty, who took sixth and his first Clubman class win. Ben Miles and Andy Davies were a second behind in seventh and eighth.

The battle for ninth was another close-run affair, with two seconds splitting Rookie Giles Harwood and Kev Marshall in 12th. In between was Sacha Gyte, who was second Clubman, in 10th and the returning Paul Toland in 11th.

It was an interesting start the racing career of Stephen Johnson, who looped his TZR250 in exuberance off the start, while Paul Henson also crashed out of contention in the early stages. There were also mechanical retirements for Clubman championship hopefuls Michael Stanley and Paul Whitby, while Paul Davies failed to make the start.

Race two started on Saturday, but a high-side at the final corner for Graham Higlett brought proceedings to an early end when the red flags came out. The re-run was carried over until Sunday morning, and it was Macqueen who took the win in tricky conditions, storming to victory by over six seconds. Barber was second, just ahead of Davies. Doug Edmondson, who retired from race one, came through the field to finish fourth.

Snet 2015 02Grant was again lead Rookie in a fine fifth place, again finishing ahead of Higerty, who took his second Clubman win. Paul Bowling took second in the Clubman class in seventh with Marshall completing the class podium in eighth. Gyte was ninth and Stanley was 10th, ahead of Paul Middleton on the Yambits Club Bike, who took his second chequered flag of the weekend, improving all the time.

Macqueen completed his hat-trick of wins in race three, crossing the line two seconds ahead of Matt Barber, who rode to another fine second place, with Edmondson on the podium in third after holding off the challenger from Pete Moore, who finished fourth and a half a second off the podium, with Davies another second and a half back in fifth.

Grant took his third Rookie class win in sixth, while Gyte took his first Clubman class win in seventh with Higerty second in class in eighth. Harwood was second rookie in ninth with Ben Miles in 10th, who mistakenly took yellow flags on the start finish straight as the last lap flag, and eased off with a lap to go.

Higlett's charge from the back of the grid ended after just one lap, with the reigning champion retiring with mechanical woes.

Howeverm Macqueen didn't make the start of the final race, which saw Barber take a comfortable victory, as Edmondson and Moore were again tied together, this time in a battle for second. It went the way of Edmondson with Moore third and Davies fourth.

Toland, after retiring from the previous race, came through to take a well-deserved fifth place, ahead of Grant who completed his Rookie class clean-sweep of wins, and has installed himself as the early favourite for the championship come the end of the season.

Gyte was seventh and took his second Clubman win ahead of Miles, Harwood and Paul Davies, who rounded out the top 10.

The closest battle on track centred around 14th place and the scrap for the final championship points. Stanley crossed the line three hundredths of a second ahead of Middleton on the Club Bike, with Henson half a second behind in 16th and Marshall 17th, two seconds behind at the line.

The next round of the DFDS Seaways Yamaha Past Masters Championship heads to Silverstone on May 9-10, with Friday practice on May 8.

Photo: E.G.B Photography

Middleton Crowned Yambits Club Bike Rider Of The Year

Club Bike RotY 2015Paul Middleton was crowned 2015 Yambits Club Bike Rider of the Year at the final round at Snetterton.

Middleton, who rode the Yambits sponsored rent-a-racer at the opening round of the season at the same circuit, albeit on the 300 layout, used the Club Bike to take his first steps into motorcycle racing.

Immediately addicted to both the buzz of the on-track action and the off-track camaraderie of the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club, Middleton left the circuit with his own, newly acquired TZR250, and after racing it at Oulton Park, he was again in action at the final round.

The award was presented at the annual presentation evening, which takes place at the final round of each year, and was marked not just on the results a Club Bike rider achieves over the weekend, but also by how much they muck in, and how much they look like they're enjoying themselves over the course of the meeting.

Club Bike RotY 2015 TrophyAfter receiving his award, Middleton said, "Living the dream! Many thanks to all the lads and lasses involved in the Yamaha Past Masters and Bemsee.

"I can't wait for next season."

The Yambits Club Bike is available at every round of the season, and the cost includes all consumables, bike transport, a mechanic, Friday practice, qualifying, and four races (depending on the circuit).

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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.

Yambits Club Bike Pricing And Availability Confirmed For 2015 Season

Club Bike Available 2015-01Pricing and availability has been confirmed for the Yambits sponsored club bike for 2015, with the rent-a-racer TZR250 available at all nine rounds of the forthcoming season, with prices varying from £425 - £550 for the weekend.

Now in it's fourth year, the Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club's club bike is still the perfect way to try your hand at racing. Aimed at those seriously considering the launch of their club racing career or toying with joining the YPMRC, riders are able to experience the competitive and close racing on the track while being fully immersed in the club's famous paddock camaraderie off it.

Covered in the weekend's cost is a full round of racing, with two races and qualifying on Saturday and two races on Sunday, the only exceptions being Oulton Park, with just Saturday racing, and Donington Park, with no Friday practice. Also covered is your weekend's fuel, oil and tyre bill, transponder hire and a basic spares package.

A dedicated mechanic and paddock hand will be with you throughout the weekend to remove tyre warmers and paddock stands - also included in the price - and talk you through the weekend's routine from signing on to scrutineering. A dedicated instructor will also be available for tuition on the Friday.

Graduates of the club bike programme who are now fully-fledged members of the YPMRC paddock include Mark Ellery, the bike's first renter in 2012, as well as 2013 rookie championship contenders Matt Barber and Pete Moore. Last year's rookie champion and runner up, Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte, both got a taste of the YPMRC on the club bike in 2013 before buying their own bikes, as well as Steve Johnson and Tim Moore. Lining up on the grid this year will be Lee Huff, Barry Drummond and Keith Cotgrove after starting on the club bike last season.

The full list of available dates (which remain provisional) and corresponding prices are listed below:

· Snetterton 300. April 25/26 - £550
· Silverstone International. May 9/10 - £550
· Oulton Park. May 30 - £500 (Saturday only)
· Donington Park. June 20/21 - £425 (No Friday practice)
· Pembrey. July 11/12 - £500
· Brands Hatch GP. August 8/9 - £550
· Cadwell Park. September 5/6 - £500
· Brands Hatch Indy. October 3/4 - £500
· Snetterton 200. October 24/25 - £500

No damage waiver is required - the price of the weekend is fixed. Not included in the price is your ACU licence. No riding kit is provided.

To book your weekend contact Trevor Sharpe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or join the friendly YPMRC forum on this site and get in touch that way.

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

YPM On For Oulton Bank Holiday

Outon PreviewThe third round of the DFDS Seaways sponsored Yamaha Past Masters Racing Club takes place this weekend (23-26 May) at Oulton Park, with the picturesque Cheshire venue hosting the meeting over the bank holiday weekend.

With the circuit subject to strict noise regulations, a full day of Friday practice will be available, followed by qualifying and two seven lap races on Saturday. However, Sunday will see no racing action, with the paddock instead treated to a rest day, before action resumes on the Bank Holiday Monday.

After morning warm-up on the Monday, there will two extended, 10-lap races for the YPMRC, providing ample opportunity for some close and spectacular racing.

It also provides championship leader Graham Higlett with the chance to further extend his championship lead. The 2012 champion boasts an impressive 100% record so far this season, taking eight wins from all eight races. However, in a class of one at Silverstone, Higlett was pushed harder at the opening round by Matt Barber, who returns for Oulton Park and could make things interesting at the front.

Weather could also play a part, with rain forecast over the course of the weekend. While Higlett is a self-confessed loather of the rain, Barber has shown real speed in the wet last season. Changes in tyre rules may effect the outcome this season in any wet races, but on previous form it'd be hard to look past the likes of Barber.

Running at the sharp-end again this year is Doug Edmondson, who sits second in the overall championship. He will be looking to challenge for wins again, and if it rains, don't be surprised to see him taking a couple. The forecast rain may also favour the likes of Andy Wheeler, who took his only YPM win in the wet at Brands Hatch last term.

After a slow start at Snetterton, Pete Moore was well on the pace at Snetterton, and will be hoping to repeat that form at Oulton and battle once again with Barber, Edmondson and Higlett. Watch out too for Andy Davies, who took an impressive second place at Silverstone.

Oulton Preview2Lee Finney looks set to miss Oulton with a shoulder injury sustained at Silverstone, crashing out heavily while running in the Two-Stroke GP series, but Simon Braby will be aiming to bridge the gap to the front runners, after qualifying on the front row at Silverstone and a number of good rides, taking a best finish of fourth.

One to watch though will be Pete Fishwick, the only one who get close to Michael Smith during his championship winning year of 2011. Returning for a one-off ride, he's sure to get close to the front of the field.

Weather could also play a part in the battle for the Clubman championship, currently headed by James Sharpe, with Trevor Sharpe, currently third in the standings a fan of the wet. Again though, tyre reg changes could throw it all up in the air. Second in the standings Paul Whitby will be also be looking to take over at the top of the championship, but hasn't previously had good experiences in the wet, especially at Oulton Park, crashing out two years ago in the rain. Watch out for battles between those three though, as well as Mike Wake, Paul Davies and Kev Marshal.

This year's Rookie championship is providing the real excitement so far, with just one point separating Michael Stanley and Sacha Gyte at the top of the standings. Gyte's pace improved throughout the Silverstone meeting, with confidence high heading to Oulton, the scene of his first YPM experience last season on the Yambits sponsored TZR250 Club BIke. Tim Hall however, will be hoping to get back amongst the wins, missing out on a trophy at Silverstone.

The Oulton Park meeting runs from 23 - 26 May, with racing also taking place on the Bank Holiday Monday.

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