Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships – Final Round
Cumbria Twinshock Club
Howton Court, Pontrilas
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures Louises MX Pictures
The final round of the 2013 Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships took place at Howton Court, Pontrilas last weekend, hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club. The track had been graded and watered prior to practice, and the start straight change to the adjacent field, seemed to go down well with the riders. There were good line ups in all classes which were swelled by late entries, as riders realised there was very few other events to choose from.
Matt Stephenson knew that two good finishes in the first two races would secure him the number one plate for 2014, in the Wulfsport Experts class, and that is just what he did, as he blasted the Ken Sourbutts prepared Maico out of the gate in both, to take two excellent wins. His only challenger was Alex Butler, who followed him home in both on the John Marsh HPF Honda. Rick Du-Feu was the only rider who could have threatened Stephenson in the points table, and got better with each race, taking fourth, third and finally finished runner up in race three on the Maico Only. Simon Gower had his best ride of the season with two thirds and a fourth, and Matt Hopkinson on another Maico took fifth overall.
Alan Eaves had already secured the MD Racing Over 50’s title, but had a surprise challenger as evergreen Pete Mathia turned up. In race one Eaves took the lead, chased by Chris Woodward, Norman Emery and Mathia. By half distance Mathia made his move, but could not close down Eaves by the flag. But in race two Mathia holeshot and checked out, although Eaves did catch him, but could not make the pass, as Mathia celebrated when taking the flag. In race three Eaves took a determined lead, which he held to the flag, from Mathia, Paul Woolf and Emery. There were six over 60 riders, and Geoff Stokes won the first two races to take the title, after travelling from France for each round to do the series. Brian Hayes won race three after Stokes was involved in a second corner pile up, and with it won the CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting award. Rob Alderton riding the series for the first time took third overall.
There was some frenetic racing in the Falcon Shocks 250 class, as the first five battled for supremecy, but it was Joel Hughes who took first blood, just finishing ahead of Sean Dodders, Tom Marsh and John Bennett. But in race two Dodders managed to hold off Hughes, out on a borrowed bike, from Marsh and Steve Denton. This was enough to secure the title for Hughes, and with the pressure off rode to the race three victory again from Dodders and Denton.
Chris Cannon was another who needed one good result to take the CI Sport Intermediate title, and in the opening encounter he took the lead, but James Curtis was on a mission and overhauled him to take the first win, with Paul Croxon third. Cannon made no mistake in the second and held on for the win from Croxon and Curtis to take a deserved title. Coxon took the third race and the overall as all three riders ended tied on points with the last race result deciding it.
In the Maico Only supported 125 class Sean McCrea went into the final round with a slender lead from Lee Holland, who needed to finish in front of McCrea in each race to take the title. And that is just what he did, as he stormed to three uncontested wins, to snatch the title from three times champion McCrea. Local rider Chris Rowlands guaranteed third in the standings with third overall.
The LPE Clubman class was dominated by Mark Burrows on the big four stroke Husky, who took all three victories to take his first twinshock title. Reece Winsor and Matt Fry followed him home in race one, and Daran Williams and Alan Mozley completed the podium in the second and third legs. It remains to be seen how these riders go in 2014 when upgraded to the Inters class.
The Herts MX Veterans class has seen some titanic battles in 2013 between Jonno White and Dave Campbell, and Sunday was no different, but this time Campbell had more power as he turned out on a 1985 500 Honda. He took the first race from White, who knew second would be more than enough, and Jason Turner who took a good third place. Race two was won by guest rider Shaun Copeman, but Whites second combined with Campbells third place meant that White took the title, much to his delight. Campbell will be back though, and showed he meant business in race three by taking the win from Turner and Rob Prosser.
The final class of the day was the Motolink Yamaha Evolution class, and Glen Phillips warmed up for Farleigh with three straight victories, and another title to his name. Next best was Michael Smith who battled all day with Andy Watkins, with both riders having a second place. Richard Chinn took fourth overall on the 250 with three top six finishes, in front of Kieron Mulloy and Rick Du-Feu.
So ends another season of Twinshock racing with the awards presentation next up on Saturday October 26 at the Moat House, Stoke.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Alan Eaves, 2 Pete Mathia, 3 Norman Emery, 4 Chris Woodward, 5 Paul Woolf, 6 Alan Bott.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Geoff Stokes, 2 Brian Hayes, 3 Rob Alderton, 4 Michael May, 5 Bill Brown, 6 Geoff Churchill.
1 Matt Stephenson, 2 Alex Butler, 3 Rick Du-Feu, 4 Simon Gower, 5 Matt Hopkinson, 6 Jon Rowlands.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Joel Hughes, 2 Sean Dodders, 3 Tom Marsh, 4 Steve Denton, 5 Carl Trout, 6 Matt Rowlands.
CI Sport Inters
1 Paul Croxon, 2 James Curtis, 3 Chris Cannon, 4 Richard Stiby, Dom Bratt, 6 Andy Cleaver.
Maico Only 125’s
1 Lee Holland, 2 Sean McCrea, 3 Chris Rowlands, 4 Dave Rowsell, 5 John Davies, 6 Brendan Mayne.
1 Mark Burrows, 2 Daran Williams, 3 Matt Fry, 4 Alan Mozley, 5 Charlie Evans, 6 Sean Burrows.
Herts MX Veterans
1 Dave Campbell, 2 Jonno White, 3 Jason Turner, 4 Andrew Little, 5 Anthony Mapp, 6 Rob Prosser.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Glen Phillips, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Andy Watkins, 4 Richard Chinn, 5 Kieron Mulloy, 6 Rick Du-Feu. Best Pre-85 – Jim Shand.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Brian Hayes