Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 9
Howton Court, Pontrilas
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures Louises MX Pictures
Another season of National Twinshock racing came to a close at Howton Court, Pontrilas last weekend, hosted superbly by the Cumbria Twinshock Club. The Toughsheet sponsored series really went out with a bang as the club managed to pull off a mammoth 48 race programme over the two day event. An hours rain during the Saturday programme ensured the dust was kept at bay, and all the riders enjoyed their track time. Former series sponsor Richard Wood was the only major casualty, when he had a big off in the 125 Evo class, and all the gang wish him well in his recovery.
Congratulations go to Danny Hiorns on the Williamson Husky, who is the new National Twinshock champion, taking the red number one plate with his results on day one, and he did what he had to do to get the job done in fourth overall. Over the two days though, Gary Parker wished the season could continue as his second half season results have been a revelation, and he won four of the six races on his JR Racing Honda to take the Wulfsport Experts overall. Matt Porter managed to win race one, and took second overall, but Garys’ nearest challenger was Irelands Willie Burgess, who but for a DNF could easily have improved on third overall, pushing Parker in each of the races.
Stevie Denton wrapped up the Falcon Shocks 250 title, and the overall win by finishing in the top three all weekend, with guest rider Wayne Twidle just beating series regular Chad Sait by one point to second overall. Local rider John Bennett took fourth from Jamie Biddulph in fifth.
Andy Steel had a huge lead in the LPE Clubman class going into the weekend, and despite a sore leg, still managed to take the overall win and the title in a class that has been contested since 1992. Irelands John Allen had his best result of the campaign in second, and won his first race of the year in the process. Sean Burrows continued his good form, finishing third in front of Graham
Challis and young Mathew Bennett, who was riding on home soil.
The MD Racing Over 50’s has to be seen to be believed as all the old war horses go for it hammer and tongs. Phil Martindale reigned supreme, and took five of the six wins to scorch to his first twinshock title. Mind you Alan Bott was snapping at his heels in every race, and he eventually got his just rewards by winning the final leg to take second overall. Richard Allen on his Suzuki got the better of Terry Connor for third, and Barry Burbidge got the hang of the Maico and was on it in fifth.
Toughsheets John Mercer also won his first title in the MD Racing Over 60’s class, claiming five from six wins, with runner up Dave Mozley taking the other, to take second from Geoff Stokes and Maurice Wharton.
The CI Sport Inters class was a straight gunfight between Steve Goddard and Daran Williams for the title, and the laurels went to a delighted Goddard, as he also took five from six wins, and the title, with Williams winning race three. There was no more than a couple of bike lengths between them all weekend, great racing and a good clean fight. Martin Speak took the final podium position from Mark Burrows and Dom Bratt.
The Yorkshire VMX 125 Evos and Twinshocks raced together and guest rider Richard Chinn won all six legs of the evos, in preparation for Farleigh this weekend. But the title was won by Lee Holland, who followed Chinn home in all but two of them, and he is establishing himself to be the master of all forms of 125 racing. Phil Oxley had his best result of the year in third just beating off the challenge of Mike Weir and Luke Wade.
The 125 Twinshock title was won for the fourth time by Sean McCrea on his Suzuki special, but he had to play second fiddle in two races as John Davis, preparing for a 2015 campaign, beat him home. Chris Rowlands took second overall from Davis in the final reckoning.
Garry Jones went into the weekend with a seven point lead in the Herts MX Vets class, with Danny Blakeley hot on his heels. In race one a mistake from Blakeley left Jones to win to take the gap to 10 points, but from there Blakeley went on a four race winning streak which meant they went into the final race with Blakeley holding a four point lead. Jones did the business taking the win and thought he had won the title, but with two non registered riders separating them, Blakely did enough to snatch the title by a single point over a 24 race season. Jones was awarded the CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting for his heroics. Paul Coward tied up third in the series and Lee Buck in fourth had his best ride to date. Andy Watkins rode the Sunday and took a race win in race five.
In the Motolink Yamaha Evo class it was wide open with four different winners, but it was Richard Chinn who capped a superb weekend off with the overall win. Michael Smith showed his speed to take second from Andy Watkins. Fourth overall was enough to give a delighted Danny Hiorns his second title of the weekend, something that was last done by Roy Wells. Kieron Mulloy who only rode the Sunday managed two wins and a second on the day.
The Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125 boys put on a good show, and it was that man Lee Holland who came away with the spoils taking five from six wins, with James Shand taking the other leg. Anthony Twidle kept Holland in his sights all day and took second from Paul Baldwin and Jake Chamberlain.
There was an extra Modern class added to the weekend, and this was won by Matt Thomas from Lewis Meadows and Frazer Gardner. Kieron Mulloy showed how it should be done, and managed to win two races on the Sunday. Thanks go to all the riders, clubs and sponsors, and the presentation of the series awards takes place at the Moat House, Stoke on Saturday October 18.
1 Gary Parker, 2 Matt Porter, 3 Willie Burgess, 4 Danny Hiorns, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 Mark Connole.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Steve Denton, 2 Wayne Twidle, 3 Chad Sait, 4 John Bennett, 5 Jamie Biddulph, 6 Chris Rowlands.
1 Andy Steel, 2 John Allen, 3 Sean Burrows, 3 Graham Challis, 5 Mathew Bennett, 6 Reece Winsor.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Phil Martindale, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Richard Allen, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Barry Burbidge, 6 Phil Wilkes.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 John Mercer, 2 Dave Mozley, 3 Geoff Stokes, 4 Maurice Wharton, 5 Brian Hayes, 6 Dennis Slythe.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock
1 Sean McCrea, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 John Davis.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution
1 Richard Chinn, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Phil Oxley, 4 Mike Weir, 5 Luke Wade, 6 Lewis Meadows.
Herts MX Veterans
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Garry Jones, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Lee Buck, 5 Andy Little, 6 Andy Watkins.
CI Sport Inters
1 Steve Goddard, 2 Daran Williams, 3 Martin Speak, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Dom Bratt, 6 Kev Bratt.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Richard Chinn, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Andy Watkins, 4 Danny Hiorns, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 James Shand.
Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s
1 Lee Holland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Paul Baldwin, 4 Jake Chamberlain, 5 James Shand,
6 Scott Hands.
1 Matt Thomas, 2 Lewis Meadows, 3 Frazer Gardner, 4 Keiron Mulloy, 5 Thomas Card,
6 Matt Porter.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Garry Jones..