Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4
Lancashire Twinshock Club
Eskham House Farm, Garstang
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome
The Toughsheet National Twinshock championships reached the half way point last Sunday as the Lancashire Twinshock Club ran a faultless event for round four at the fast Eskham House Farm circuit at Garstang. With temperatures soaring to 25 degrees the club had all the watering facilities needed to keep the track in the best condition possible, and over 180 riders made the journey north. And with support from Pemberton Tyres with their hospitality it threw up a cracking days racing.
For this round it was the turn of the AB Race Cruisers Vets class to go first, and there were three different winners in a class of their own in former TMX tester Jonno White, Richard Chinn and Garry Jones. But it was White who got the overall by two points with his two seconds from Chinn and Jones to continue his lead of the series. Mike Allport took fourth overall and was the fastest over 50 rider, from Scotlands Gordon Morrison.
In the LPE Clubman class Dean Gray showed the other riders a clean pair of heels winning all three legs to take the overall and the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Mathew Bennett improves with every race and took his best result to date to take the runner up slot, as did Mike Tucker in third. Shaun Murphy beat Steve Hogg for fourth, and Trevor Guy back after a long lay off took sixth.
Michael Smith looked to have the upper hand in the Wulfsport Experts, as he narrowly beat Lee Holland in race one, from Scott Mathia, Matt Rudd and Rcky Pedder. Then disaster struck whilst leading race two, when a rear wheel puncture let in Lee Holland for the win, but he managed to limp home just in front of Mathia, Pedder and Rudd. Race three was another tight affair, but Holland managed to hold off the advances of Smith to take the overall and continue his series lead. Mathia took third with Ewan Johnston a good fourth.
James Curtis mixed it with the experts in the CI Sport Inters to take a great overall with two wins and a second, only being headed by Mick Armstrong, in race one, who was making a return to the sport after five years. Jamie Bidulph continued his fine form in second overall, despite an off in the second leg which relegated him outside the top ten. Rob Sadlers upgrading to the inters looked justified as he took the final podium spot from Dom Bratt and Chris Anderton.
Paul Croxon got the better of John Bennett to take the win in the Falcon Shocks 250 class.
The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class was thrown on its head as several of the fancied runners all hit trouble in one race or another. Gavin Robertson DNF’d race one, and Michael and Connor Smith had mishaps in race two, which left a delighted Andy Hinchliffe to take his first overall victory by a single point from guest rider Brian Alexander. Michale Smith fought back to take third overall and Gavin Robertson with two wins took fourth.
Willie Burgess was on fire in the MD Racing Over 50 class as he stormed to three classy wins. Club member Alan Eaves chased him home in race one, and Pete Mathia got close in the next two to take second overall. Eaves took third from Mark Silvester on the Marxh HPF in fourth, and Wayne Le Marquand, all the way from Jersey took fifth.
Alan Hambridge came through the field each time in the MD Racing over 60’s to take all three wins, from a rejuvenated Davy Robb in second. Phil Wilkes took three fourths for third overall from Martin Snape and Scotlands Wullie Broon.
The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class was a three way Honda battle, with guest rider Gavin Robertson, out on a Steve Clitheroe machine, taking first with two wins and a third. But Andy Lawton who went 1-2-3, and Richard Chinn 2-5-2 were never more than a couple of bikes lengths behind. John Butler took fourth with local rider Jon Cowgill in fifth.
John Davis continued his great form with a trio of wins in the 125 Twinshock class, and Firefox Racings Andrew Robinson took second from Dave Ellis and Tim Grindrod on the MotoVilla.
The final class of the day was a full line up of modern support riders, and Lewis Bellfield was the rider on a mission as he tore to three wins out of three. Jason Martin had two seconds to take the runner up berth, from double class rider John Butler.
The next round is on July 24 at Warmingham Lane, Sandbach.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Dean Gray.
AB Race Cruisers Veterans
Over 40’s: 1 Jonno White, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Garry Jones, 4 Mike Allport, 5 Gordon Morrison, 6 Paul Groom..
Over 50’s: 1 Mike Allport, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Robert Dobson, 4 Phil Daley, 5 Tony Houseman.
1 Dean Gray, 2 Mathew Bennett, 3 Mike Tucker, 4 Shaun Murphy, 5 Steve Hogg, 6 Trevor Guy.
1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Scott Mathia, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Ricky Pedder, 6 Ewan Johnston.
CI Sport Inters
1 James Curtis, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 Rob Sadler, 4 Dom Bratt, 5 Chris Anderton, 6 Ben Price.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Paul Croxon, 2 John Bennett.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 Brian Alexander, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Gavin Robertson, 5 Connor Smith, 6 Oliver Brunskill.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Pete Mathia, 3 Alan Eaves, 4 Alan Bott, 5 Mark Silvester, 6 Wayne Le Marquand.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Alan Hambridge, 2 Davy Robb, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Martin Snape, 5 Wullie Broon, 6 Steve Mitton.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Andy Robinson, 3 Dave Ellis, 4 Tim Grindrod.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Gavin Robertson, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Richard Chinn, 4 John Butler, 5 Jon Cowgill, 6 Peter O’Neill.
Modern Support Class
1 Lewis Bellfield, 2 Jason Martin, 3 John Butler, 4 Jack Wilkinson, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,
6 George Martindale.