Round 7 – Pontrilas

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.

LPE Clubman

1 Ben Price, 2 Louis Harmer, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Joe Chell, 5 Simon Bentley, 6 David Hogg.

Wulfsport Experts

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.


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Round 6 – Gale Common

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 6

Gale Common MX Club

Gale Common, Whitley.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The Gale Common MX Club hosted the sixth and penultimate round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at Gale Common last weekend. The extended track was in prime condition when riders arrived, but the lack of rain in the area meant that dust became a problem after only one block of racing. Urgent repairs to the water bowser took longer than expected, which meant that only two blocks of racing could be completed in the day. Other than that the track rode well with a two minute lap time. Over 170 riders made the journey, and first up were the lower capacity machines, who all rode together but scored separately.

Irelands Jonathan McBride is the rider to beat in the Flacon Shocks 250 category, and he blasted his way to two clear victories. Steve Rowlands held second in both races in front of Herefords John Bennett.

The Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution class had a new overall winner in Anthony Hartley, who finished second to Mason Bell in race one, and then second behind Lee Holland in race two. Bell took second overall and Matt Rowlands third, with Lee Holland down the leaderboard due to a race one DNF. Phil Oxley was making a comeback and took fourth on the day.

Sean McCrea extended his championship lead in the 125 Twinshock class with the overall win, although title rival John Davis did beat him in race one. A DNF in the second did Davis no good at all, and promoted Chris Rowlands to a fine runner up overall, with Tim Grindrod getting his first ever trophy in the class in third.

Joel Hughes was on fire in the Wulfsport Experts class on the JR Racing Honda, as he followed up his Kings of the Castle and Nostalgia victories with two fine wins and the overall. Mind you he had to overcome the strong challenge from championship leader Michael Smith on the Ken Sourbutts Maico who took a third and a second to take the runner up spot. Irelands Willie Burgess led the first race, and finished third overall with a second and a third. Gary Parker was up with the front runners to take fourth overall from Matt Rudd.

Local rider Reece Winsor took the honours in the CI Sport Inters class with two wins, from Chris Anderton who had a third and a second. Jamie Biddulph defied all the injuries he has had this year to take third from Martin Speak on the big four stroke Honda, and Dom Bratt in fifth.

The MD Racing Over 50’s saw Phil Martindale take race one, with Alan Bott close on his heels in second, Terry Connor a fine third in front of Barry Burbidge in fourth. But in race two Martindale took an early fall, leaving Bott to sail away unchallenged for the victory and overall win. Martindale set about the back markers and by the last lap had overhauled his way back to second, with Burbidge third and Gary Craddock fourth.

Steve Mitton took a popular overall win in the MD Racing over 60’s with two victories from Team Mozzas Dave Mozley in second and Phil Wilkes in third.

The Motolink Yamaha Evo class was one of the fastest of the day, with Scotlands Gavin Robertson showing his class before the Farleigh VetsdN, with two superb wins. Runner up Michael Smith was his only challenger with two seconds, and Jack Wilkinson finished third both times from Danny Blakeley and Andy Hinchliffe.

With championship leader Joe Chell absent from the LPE Clubman class, Ben Price took full advantage with two emphatic wins to seal the overall and take over at the top of the class, and also received the CNR Burrows Rider of the Meeting award for his efforts. Holeshot king Simon Bentley rode well to take second on the Honda, from Sean Martin in third. Matt Bennett took fourth, and there was a first trophy for Jon Mozley in fifth.

Forty riders contested the AB Race Cruisers Vets Class, and as usual championship leader Danny Blakeley took both legs despite discomfort from three broken ribs. Lee Davies got the better of Jonno White to take second on the day, and Ewan Johnston took fourth even though he had an off in race one. Tony Houseman and Mike Allport were the first over 50’s home on the day.

An extra modern class was added to the programme, and it was local club member Connor Smith who reigned supreme with two very fast wins on his two stroke machine. Dale Brockhurst took second, with Gavin Robertson third on his evo bike.

Connor Smith also took the Graeme Clegg Memorial Trophy race which took place after the interval.

The final race of the day was the handicapped Yorkshire Grand National, which pitted all the top five twinshock riders from each class. Robin Chadwick had his five minutes of fame at the front before the marauding experts overhauled him around half distance. Michael Smith managed to hold off Joel Hughes to the flag to take the coveted trophy home. Gary Parker came third and 250 rider Jonathan McBride fourth to end another good day.

The final round of the championship is the double header at Howton Court, Pontrilas on Saturday and Sunday September 26/27.

Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock

1 Sean McCrea, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 John Davis.

Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution

1 Anthony Hartley, 2 Mason Bell, 3 Matt Rowlands, 4 Phil Oxley, 5 Chris Chappell, 6 Chris Rogerson.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Jonathan McBride, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 John Bennett, 4 Paul Croxon.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Joel Hughes, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Willie Burgess, 4 Gary Parker, 5 Matt Rudd, 6 Mark Connole.

CI Sport Inters

1 Reece Winsor, 2 Chris Anderton, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 Martin Speak, 5 Dom Bratt,

6 Kev Bratt.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Alan Bott, 2 Phil Martindale, 3 Barry Burbidge, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Gary Craddock,

6 Paul Robson.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Steve Mitton, 2 Dave Mozley, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Allan Williamson.

Motolink Yamaha Evolution

1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Jack Wilkinson, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Jonno White.

6 Tom Marsh. Super Evos; 1 Jack Gribble, 2 Zach Todd, 3 Rob Topp.

LPE Clubman

1 Ben Price, 2 Simon Bentley, 3 Sean Martin, 4 Mathew Bennett, 5 Jon Mozley, 6 Ben Hughes.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Lee Davies, 3 Jonno White, 4 Ewan Johnston, 5 Tony Houseman, 6 Mike Allport. Over 50’s : 1 Tony Houseman, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Russ Watson.

Modern Class

1 Connor Smith, 2 Dale Brockhurst, 3 Gavin Robertson, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Shaun Dennison, 6 Miles Kitchen.

Yorkshire Grand National

1 Michael Smith, 2 Joel Hughes, 3 Gary Parker, 4 Jonathan McBride, 5 Alan Bott, 6 Chris Anderton.

Graeme Clegg Memorial Race – Connor Smith.

CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Ben Price.


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Warmingham Lane

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Warmingham Lane, Sandbach.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The Cumbria Twinshock Club hosted round five of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at Warmingham Lane last weekend, ably supported by Alan Botts Pemberton Tyres company from Wigan. And it was a tale of two halfs, as Saturday was basked in sunshine and the track had to be graded and watered at the interval to stem the dust. Whilst the club did all they could on Sunday, the rain that started during the first block of racing meant that after block two the riders voted to halt the proceedings as it was becoming increasingly difficult to get round. Fair play to the club though as they offered to cut out the steep hills, but common sense prevailed and the results were called after five completed races each.

The AB Race Cruisers Vets class was first up, and had a full 40 rider line up, and it was reigning champion Danny Blakeley on the two stroke Yamaha, who gave a faultless performance in taking all five victories. KAIS Suspension head honcho Jonno White gave chase, with two seconds and two thirds to take the runner up berth, and Ewan Johnstone had a great Sunday leading race four, but eventually taking second, and with a third in the final encounter, took the final step of the podium. Top over 50 vet riders Tony Houseman and Mike Allport took fourth and fifth.

In the LPE Clubman class, Joe Chell took his second overall victory of the season, with a win, three seconds and a third. Things may have been different if Ben Price had not DNF race one, as he went on to win three out of the next four races to take second overall. There was a special moment for Mathew Bennett who took third overall, as he won his first race in the twinshocks in race one. Simon Bentley who holeshot all five races took fourth overall from local rider Ben Hughes.

The speed of the Motolink Yamaha Evolution riders had to be seen to be believed, and although Michael Smith won race one, it was Gavin Robertson who caught the eye with four breath taking wins to secure first overall, from Smith in second, despite a puncture in race three. Third overall went to a consistent Jonno White, who got the better of Paul Coward on the big Kwacker, and Andy Hinschliffe on a 250 Honda.

Event sponsor Alan Bott was the man to beat in the MD Racing Over 50’s as he stormed to three superb wins on the Saturday to set the pace. Jet lagged Phil Martindale hung in there with two seconds and a third. But Sunday was a different story as Pete Mathia turned up to win both races.

Bott still claimed the overall though, and with it won the CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting award. Chris Woodward was second overall with five good rides from Terry Connor in third with top three finishes. Martindales DNF in race five dropped him to fourth overall from Paul Robson.

Dave Mozley was chuffed to win the Over 60’s overall taking two wins in the process, as was Steve Mitton in second, with one win, and another special mention for 74 year old Michael May in third. Toughsheet sponsor John Mercer took two wins but only rode on the Saturday.

The Wulfsport Experts was marred by a nasty injury to reigning Classic MX Champion Chris Chell, who unfortunately badly injured himself in race three. Our best wishes go out to him on his recovery. Michael Smith was on fire on Saturday with three wins, and although he struggled with Sundays conditions, still took the overall, with Gary Parker pushing all the way to take second, and even taking victory in race four. Lee Holland, despite sleepless nights took third, and King of the Castle winner Joel Hughes took fourth, with a superb final race win. Lee Buck gets better each week, and took fifth.

Reece Winsor seems to like Warmingham, and took victory in the CI Sport Inters class, with two wins from five. Martin Speak on the big four stroke Honda took second, after keeping third overall Adam Griggs at bay. Jamie Biddulph won two races, but a fifth race DNF dropped him to fourth from Mark Burrows.

Rick Du-Feu only rode the Saturday, but gave a master class in how to ride an Evo 125 in the Yorkshire VMX races, with three wins. Richard Chinn was his only challenger and as he rode both days took the overall win to extend his title lead. Second went to Herefords Matt Rowlands, from fifth race winner Anthony Hartley, De-Feu, and Rick Gardner.

Sean McRea buzzed the twinshock 125 Suzuki to five wins, to take the lead in his class, Chris Rowlands had his best result of the season in second from John Davis in third.

Irelands Jonathan McBride once again came out on top of the Falcon Shocks 250 class with three wins, from Steve Rowlands who won race five and Paul Croxon in third.

An extra modern class was added to the event, and Andy Hichliffe won the overall from Tom Holland and John Butler. Saturday only riders Sam Smith and Edward Briscoe were in a class of their own finishing at the front by a healthy margin.

Round six is at Gale Common, Whitley, on Sunday, August 30.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Ewan Johnston, 4 Tony Houseman, 5 Mike Allport,

6 Martin Gregory. Over 50’s : 1 Tony Houseman, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Gary Mason.

LPE Clubman

1 Joe Chell, 2 Ben Price, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Simon Bentley, 5 Ben Hughes, 6 Mike Tucker.

Motolink Yamaha Evolution

1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Jonno White, 4 Paul Coward, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,

6 Tom Marsh. Super Evos; 1 Jack Gribble, 2 Zach Todd, 3 Rob Topp.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Alan Bott, 2 Chris Woodward, 3 Terry Connor, 4 Phil Martindale, 5 Paul Robson,

6 Gary Craddock.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Dave Mozley, 2 Steve Mitton, 3 Michael May, 4 Phil Wilkes, 5 John Mercer, 6 Allan Williamson.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Michael Smith, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Joel Hughes, 5 Lee Buck, 6 Matt Rudd.

CI Sport Inters

1 Reece Winsor, 2 Martin Speak, 3 Adam Griggs, 4 Jamie Biddulph, 5 Mark Burrows,

6 Glyn Lawrence.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Jonathan McBride, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Paul Croxon, 4 John Bennett.

Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock

1 Sean McCrea, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 John Davis, 4 Andrew Robinson, 5 Tim Grindrod,

6 Andrew Robinson.

Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution

1 Richard Chinn, 2 Matt Rowlands, 3 Anthony Hartley, 4 Rick Du-Feu, 5 Rick Gardner,

6 Stuart Jago.

Modern Class

1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 Tom Holland, 3 John Butler, 4 Sam Smith, 5 Edward Briscoe, 6 Tom Marsh.

CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Alan Bott.