Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Final Round 7
Cumbria Twinshock Club
Howton Court, Pontrilas
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome
There was a proper feel good factor at the final round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at Howton Court, Pontrilas last weekend, as the Cumbria Twinshock Club pulled out all the stops to make it a weekend to remember, with 170 riders, fancy dress and barbies all round. As usual the track was in really good order, with just the right amount of grip, and with the warm sunny weather over both days, the dust was held at bay over the mammoth 42 race programme, which ran like clockwork.
Paul Coward was on fire in the AB Race Cruisers Vets class, and took all six wins over the weekend, and with it took the CNR Burrows rider of the meeting award. There was drama in race two though as Danny Blakeley fell whilst in second behind Coward, and suffered a nasty leg break, which was dealt expertly by Terry Roberts and his crew. We wish Danny well in his recovery, but it put paid to his championship chances. Second overall went to Jonno White, who handled the pressure of the weekend, to land the title in the final race. Richard Chinn worked wonders on the Steve Clitheroe tuned 125 Honda, and took third from top over 50 rider Alan Eaves, with Lee Hartill and Ewan Johnston completing the top six.
In the LPE Clubman class Ben Price was favourite to take the title, and he did it in style by taking five wins out of six, only beaten once by runner up Louis Harmer in race two. Mathew Bennett has improved at each round and took third from Joe Chell and Simon Bentley.
The Wulfsport Experts saw Joel Hughes nearly complete a clean sweep as he took five race wins on the JR Racing Honda, which should have been six, but for a collapsed front wheel in race three. But the new National Twinshock Champion is Michael Smith, who rode sensibly, knowing that Hughes had a DNF, and so took the overall on the day and the title on the Ken Sourbutts prepped Maico. Gary Parker who has twenty years on Smith and Hughes, took a great second overall on the Honda. Lee Buck and Matt Rudd completed the top five, with both riders having been locked together all season.
In the CI Sport Inters class Adam Griggs came out on top with two wins from new Champion Reece Winsor, who despite winning four races had a low finish in race five. The other riders were really closely matched, but Jamie Biddulph took third from Chris Anderton and Mark Burrows.
All the 125’s and 250’s raced together, making a full line up, and in the Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s James Shand took the overall with six wins. His nearest challenger turned out to be Anthony Twidle in second who got the better of Adrian Jessop and his father Wayne Twidle.
Sean McCrea took his fifth Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock title on the Suzuki with four wins on the day, and local rider Chris Rowlands fired the Yamaha into second from runner up in the championship John Davis.
The second running of the Yorkshire VMX 125 Evo class saw Richard Chinn win all six motos on the Honda, and duly wrap up the title by a huge margin, and he really was in a class of his own. John Butler had a great run of results to take second with Chris Chappell in third from runner up in the championship Matt Rowlands.
Going into the weekend, Irelands Jon McBride was tying for the lead with Steve Rowlands in the Falcon Shocks 250 class, so it was all to play for, but McBride made no mistakes and took five wins out of six from Rowlands to land his first twinshock title. Only Howard Wainwright headed him home in race six.
All season long it has been a battle between Michael Smith and Scotlands Gavin Robertson in the Motolink Yamaha Evo class, and it was no different at the weekend. Smith knew he had a cushion of a points lead and again did what he had to do to get the job done, and won the title finishing second to Robertson in five races and also winning race four. But both riders put on a tremendous show with good high speed racing. Paul Coward took third, and after twelve races over the weekend said that he was hanging a bit by the close. Tom Marsh took a good fourth from Andy Hinchliffe.
Phil Martindale went into the weekend as championship leader of the MD Racing Over 50’s class, but a nasty elbow injury in race three put paid to his chances, and we all wish him well. So it was over to Alan Bott to take advantage, and boy did he make it hard for himself as he used three different bikes to get the points he needed to take a hard earned title, and he even had to push his bike home two hundred yards before collapsing in race four. Meanwhile up front it was good to see David Salkeld take four wins to take the overall from Darren Williams and Bott. Barry Burbidge took fourth from Graham Challis in fifth.
Team Mozzas Dave Mozley was overjoyed as he took the MD Racing over 60’s championship, winning five races on the Maico from runner up Steve Mitton on the big Husky. Phil Wilkes completed the podium, and all three had massive smiles on their faces even after the tough six race weekend.
The final class of the day was the much welcomed West Midlands Evos class for Pre-85 bikes, and the whole crew turned up in fancy dress to add to the occasion. James Shand had already wrapped up the title at the previous round and continued in his rich vein of form with four wins and a brace of seconds. Paul Kirkby got the better of evergreen Carl Pope to take second, and Jake Chamberlain took fourth from Jim Shand at the end of the day.
The end of day presentation was well attended and was bathed in sunshine which was a fitting end to a tremendous season of twinshock racing.
AB Race Cruisers Veterans
1 Paul Coward, 2 Jonno White, 3 Richard Chinn, 4 Alan Eaves, 5 Lee Hartill, 6 Ewan Johnston. Over 50’s : 1 Alan Eaves, 2 Tony Houseman, 3 Mike Allport.
1 Ben Price, 2 Louis Harmer, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Joe Chell, 5 Simon Bentley, 6 David Hogg.
1 Michael Smith, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Joel Hughes, 4 Lee Buck, 5 Matt Rudd, 6 Willie Burgess.
CI Sport Inters
1 Adam Griggs, 2 Reece Winsor, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 Chris Anderton, 5 Mark Burrows,
6 Martin Speak.
Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s
1 James Shand, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Adrian Jessop, 4 Wayne Twidle, 5 Ollie Partridge,
6 Jake Chamberlain.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock
1 Sean McCrea, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 John Davis, 4 Tim Grindrod.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution
1 Richard Chinn, 2 John Butler, 3 Chris Chappell, 4 Matt Rowlands, 5 Jake Chappell,
6 James Curtis.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Jonathan McBride, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Howard Wainwright.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Tom Marsh, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 Connor Jones.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 David Salkeld, 2 Darren Williams, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Barry Burbidge, 5 Graham Challis,
6 Terry Connor.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Dave Mozley, 2 Steve Mitton, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Michael May, 5 Eddie Bishop, 6 Geoff Stokes..
West Midlands Evos
1 James Shand, 2 Paul Kirkby, 3 Carl Pope, 4 Jake Chamberlain, 5 Jim Shand, 6 Simon Gower.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Paul Coward.