Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4
Lancashire Twinshock Club
Eskham House Farm, Garstang
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome
The Lancashire Twinshock Club rose from the ashes of last year, by hosting a superb event for the fourth round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championships last Sunday when they hosted at Eskham House Farm, Garstang near Lancaster. The welcome overnight rain meant that the track was in prime condition at the popular twinshock friendly track, and the club had even added an extra grassland loop, to test the 160 riders on the long track.
First to the line this week were the MD Racing Over 50’s and 60’s with a split start. And it was Phil Martindale, the event sponsor, who led the way in the 50’s class, doing battle with Alan Eaves in the first two races. Eaves took control of both legs to win from Martindale each time with Alan Bott in third. But in the final leg Eaves had a mishap, and had to come from dead last to fourth at the flag, leaving Martindale to take the win and the spoils for the overall. Bott took third overall from a rejuvenated Terry Connor in fourth and Barry Burbidge in fifth.
The split start meant that the Over 60’s knew who they were racing against, and two of the three wins went to Alan Hambridge on the Husky, who took the overall with a fourth in the other leg. His nearest challenger in second was Phil Wilkes, and Toughsheet sponsor John Mercer in third after winning the second race. Dave Mozley and Steve Mitton rounded off the podium.
The top three in the Falcon Shocks 250 class were separated by a single point, with the decision going to Irishman Jonathan McBride who took two wins from three. Although level on points, Steve Rowlands had a lower last race finish to take the runner up spot, and a point further back was Paul Croxon in third from John Bennett and a detuned Chris Woodward.
Jacob Joyce was the star of the show in the Yorkshire VMX 125 Evo class, on Steve Clitheroes beautiful Honda, and took three comfortable wins, each time from Richard Chinn in second, and Peter O’Neill just pipped the Chappells, Chris and Jake to third.
In the 125 Twinshocks Sean McCrea continued his season long battle with John Davis, and in taking all three wins from him, has dragged back vital points in the championship chase to only trail by six points. Chris Rowlands had three thirds, to take third from Peter Chambers.
Gavin Robertson set the fastest lap of the day in the Motolink Yamaha Evolution class, but not before doing battle with series leader Michael Smith, who pushed him hard in all three legs. Robertson though came away with a hat trick of wins, each time from Smith and Danny Blakeley.
Jonno White was another on the pace and he took fourth overall from Andy Hinchliffe.
The LPE Clubman Class saw a new winner in Joe Chell on the Murphy Maico. More used to riding Tribsas in Classic Scrambles, Joe is settling into the Twinshocks nicely, and took three wins and was awarded the CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting for his efforts. Carl Nissen improved with each race to take second, and Simon Bentley had his best ride of the season to take third, from young Mathew Bennett and Mark Bill.
The AB Race Cruisers Vets Class was won by James Hodgkinson after taking third in leg one, he hit the front in the next two to win by a single point from series leader Danny Blakeley, who had won race one. Jonno White had a second and two thirds to take third, from Ewan Johnston. Tony Houseman was next and also the best over 50 rider on the day.
An extra modern class was added to the event, and again Jacob Joyce showed his class to take the overall with two fine wins. Another double class rider Andy Hinchliffe took second overall from John Butler and second race winner Jack Wilkinson.
The Wulfsport Experts and the CI Sport Inters were last to the line, and each time Gary Parker was first out of the traps, but the younger Michael Smith underlined his speed by winning all three Expert motos. Parker took second overall but had to give credit to Joel Hughes, who after a DNF in leg one, took two seconds. Chris Chell had his best ride to date, taking third overall from Matt Rudd and Lee Buck.
Sam Tweedy, who had been upgraded from the Clubman class after coasting to a win, managed to beat all the regular Inter riders in each race to take the overall. Reece Winsor, who rode three different bikes, took second, with Steve Morgan just getting the better of his mate Chris Anderton to take third.
Round five is the double header at Warmingham Lane, Sandbach on Sunday July 25/26.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Phil Martindale, 2 Alan Eaves, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Barry Burbidge,
6 Andy Cleaver.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Alan Hambridge, 2 Phil Wilkes, 3 John Mercer, 4 Dave Mozley, 5 Steve Mitton,
6 Allan Williamson.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Jonathan McBride, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Paul Croxon, 4 John Bennett, 5 Chris Woodward,
6 Gary Craddock.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock
1 Sean McCrea, 2 John Davis, 3 Chris Rowlands, 4 Peter Chambers, 5 Tim Grindrod,
6 Andrew Robinson.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution
1 Jacob Joyce, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Peter O’Neill, 4 Chris Chappell, 5 Jake Chappell, 6 Anthony Hartley.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Jonno White, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 Paul Coward.
1 Joe Chell, 2 Carl Nissen, 3 Simon Bentley, 4 Mathew Bennett, 5 Mark Bill, 6 Stephen Hakes. AB Race Cruisers Veterans
1 James Hodgkinson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Jonno White, 4 Ewan Johnston, 5 Tony Houseman,
6 Mike Allport. Over 50’s : 1 Tony Houseman, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Mark Bowden.
1 Jacob Joyce, 2 Andy Hinchliffe, 3 John Butler, 4 Jack Wilkinson, 5 Ant Pullin, 6 Callum Bircher.
1 Michael Smith, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Chris Chell, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Lee Buck, 6 Joel Hughes.
CI Sport Inters
1 Sam Tweedy, 2 Reece Winsor, 3 Steve Morgan, 4 Chris Anderton, 5 Adam Griggs, 6 Mark Burrows.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Joe Chell.