5
Apr

Venue change for round five.

Unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances we have had to change the venue
of round five on July 24 from Condover to Warmingham Lane.
All will be explained at Hawkstone on April 30 at the second round of the

 
5
Apr

Polesworth – Round 1

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 1

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Stipers Hill, Polesworth

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome

The opening round of the twenty fifth Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships took place on Easter Sunday at Stipers Hill, Polesworth, supported by Central Motors Salvage of Derby. The Cumbria Twinshock event ran like the proverbial Swiss watch with over 200 riders competing over the 21 race programme. A huge deluge on Saturday night left the track in prime condition, and the weather Gods were on side as the racing finished just a few hours before Storm Katie hit the Midlands. The holeshot awards were very generously supplied by Mike Allports Church of Dirt, with support from VMX Gaskets and Team Williamson.

There were a lot of new names in all the line ups and first out were the LPE Clubman class, with 36 eager riders hitting the first corner, with Martin Cheeseman taking the holeshot, and checking out for the win by 15 seconds over second place Carl Nissen, and a further 15 seconds ahead of Sean Martin in third.

Race two saw an easy win for Nissen, this time getting the better of Cheesman, and they were politely asked to step up to the Inters class for round two as they were clearly way ahead of the rest of the Clubman fold. As bad luck would have it Nissens bike would not start for race three and Cheesman wrapped up the overall from a fast Mark Bill in second and Jake Veitch in third.

The MD Racing Over 50’s had plenty of former champions in a field packed with class. Pete Mathia took the first race win from Mark Silvester, who was making a return to the sport on the Marsh HPF Honda, but in race two Mathia made a mistake which left him right at the back, and Silvester went on to win from reigning champion Alan Bott and Richard Allen. Mathia won the third leg, but Silvesters third place gave him the overall from Bott, Mathia, Allen and Phil Ryan.

In the over 60’s it was a straight shoot out between Toughsheets John Mercer and debutant Graham Challis. Challis won the first but Mercer chased him down and won the next two to take the win from Challis, Alan Hambridge, and Steve Mitton in fourth.

The Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125 class was a bit sparce, but James Shand gave a faultless performance to take three classy wins, each time from Anthony Twidle on the immaculate Honda. Lance Marshall made a good return after his 12 month sabattical, taking third overall from Jim Shand and John Eardley.

There were only four MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock riders, but John Davis mixed it up with the newer bikes and went home with the overall with three wins from Andrew Robinson and Tim Grindrod.

Paul Coward was on fire in the AB Race Cruisers Vets class, and although Jonno White got the better of him in race one, he fired the big Kawasaki to the front in the next two to take the win on the day. Jonno took a great second overall, and Danny Blakely, making his return after breaking his leg at the final round of 2015, was well chuffed with his third overall. Garry Jones took fourth, and Russ Watson was fifth and the leading over 50 rider.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evos had a good line up and it turned out to be a good day for the Steve Clitheroe tuned Hondas with a one two three, as Richard Chinn took a gutsy maximum with three wins, but not before Jacob Joyce had tried everything to get on terms, taking second from fellow team mate Andy Lawton. John Butler on the Kawasaki took fourth from Mason Bell in fifth.

There were some new names at the top of the leaderboard in the Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class, with debutant Connor Smith overjoyed at taking the overall with a win and two thirds.

Tom Marsh had his best result to date, winning race one, and taking second overall. Paul Coward could have done better than third had it not been for a clash in race one. Andy Hinchliffe on the 250 Honda took fourth from reigning champion Michael Smith.

The best racing of the day was saved until last as the Wulfsport Experts riders lined up with the Inters and 250 riders. Lee Holland was the star of the show, out on his newly acquired Andy Cleaver Honda 480, and showed great speed and his classy display gave him three wins, and the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. His nearest challenger was Wayne Butt who led several times, but just could not make it stick, but it looks like there will be more battles to come between the two this season. Michael Smith on the Ken Sourbutts Maico had a few early season gremlins but still took third from Ewan Johnston who made his twinshock debut on the Wulfsport Maico.

The CI Sport Inters class was won by James Curtis who had three consistent second places. Jamie Biddulph had his best result so far in second, and Ben Clark who had won the first two races took third from Mark Burrows.

Jake Mason was the man to beat in the Falcon Shocks 250 class, with three classy wins, even mixing it with the top experts. Sean Byrne took second overall from John Bennett, who was competing in his twenty fifth year of twinshock racing.

Round two is the Matt Murphy Memorial Meeting at Hawkston Park on Saturday April 30.

LPE Clubman

1 Martin Cheesman, 2 Mark Bill, 3 Jake Veitch, 4 Carl Nissen, 5 Mathew Bennett, 6 Stephen Hakes.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Mark Silvester, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Pete Mathia, 4 Richard Allen, 5 Phil Ryan, 6 Phil Martindale.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 John Mercer, 2 Graham Challis, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Steve Mitton, 5 Phil Wilkes,

6 Dave Mozley.

Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s

1 James Shand, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Lance Marshall, 4 Jim Shand, 5 John Eardley, 6 Martin Stokes.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Andrew Robinson, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 Brian Ratcliffe.

AB Race Cruisers Veterans

Over 40’s: 1 Paul Coward, 2 Jonno White, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Garry Jones, 5 Russ Watson, 6 Mike Allport. Over 50’s : 1 Russ Watson, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Tony Houseman, 4 Phil Daley,

5 Gary Mason, 6 Robert Dobson.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Richard Chinn, 2 Jacob Joyce, 3 Andy Lawton, 4 John Butler, 5 Mason Bell, 6 Matt Rowlands.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Connor Smith, 2 Tom Marsh, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Michael Smith,

6 Jack Wilkinson.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Lee Holland, 2 Wayne Butt, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Ewan Johnston, 5 Matt Rudd, 6 Scott Mathia.

CI Sport Inters

1 James Curtis, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 Ben Clark, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Darren Williams, 6 Steve Morgan.

Falcon Shocks 250’s

1 Jake Mason, 2 Sean Byrne, 3 John Bennett, 4 Paul Croxon, 5 Will Cowsill.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Lee Holland.

 
17
Feb

2016 Has begun

Start to download your Entry Forms, lets go Racing !

 
2
Dec

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.

 
9
Nov

2016 Season

We have added the 2016 Application forms if you want to get ready for the new season.

Also, we have our provisional dates so far.