Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Final Round 7
Cumbria Twinshock Club
Howton Court, Pontrilas
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures Louise Croome LMXPhotos
The final round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championships took place last weekend at Howton Court, Pontrilas hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, which also celebrated 25 years of the series. The circuit was in prime condition on the Saturday for the first days racing, and all three blocks went off without a hitch with some close and exciting racing finished by early afternoon. But during the end of season night time festivities, the heavens opened and the rain poured down all through the night leaving the track unrideable come Sunday morning, and following a riders meeting it was decided to call a halt to proceedings with just the one days results counting.
The MD Racing Over 50’s and 60’s were first out this week, and the main battle was between Pete Mathia and Alan Bott for the title. Mathia managed to steal a march on Bott by taking the first two race wins, and in the third an unfortunate coming together between the two rivals put them both down the leaderboard, which gifted the win to Norman Emery. Mathia though, had done enough to take the overall and title from Bott. Chris Woodward rode top three in each race to take the runner up overall.
In the Over 60’s, Graham Challis won on the day, but just ran out of races in his pursuit of new champion Alan Hambridge, whose last title was an AMCA Four stroke win. Martin Snape continued his comeback with a win in race three, and Steve Mitton rode well enough to take third overall.
Paul Coward loves the Pontrilas circuit and followed up his clean sweep last year, with another three wins on Saturday. But it was runner up Jonno White who did what he had to do, and retained the Veterans title with three seconds. Lee Jones on the TM, took third from Richard Chinn, with Alan Eaves in fifth, the first over 50 rider home.
The West Midlands Evos had a full forty rider line up, all racing together, and in the 125’s it was Neil Griffiths with three wins from Dave Russell and Zac Hackett. Dean Warren also had three wins in the 250’s from Jim Shand and Nick Payton. Whilst in the 500’s Jason Aylett took the overall win with two victories from Kevin Reed and first race winner Paul Kirkby.
Shaun Murphy came out on top of the LPE Clubman class with three fine second places, which also gave him the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. New Clubman champion Dean Gray had a DNF in race one but took the next two race wins. His nearest challenger was Mathew Bennett who took third overall behind Louis Harmer.
In the Wulfsport Experts, all eyes were on Lee Holland and last year’s champion Michael Smith as the riders set off in race one, but there were a few wildcard riders and it was Jamie Jackson who took the first from Holland and Smith. In race two Holland made no mistakes and finished ahead of Smith, Jackson and Wayne Butt. Race three saw Jackson have mechanical problems with the Maico, and it was new twinshock rider Barry Turnbull on a borrowed Honda who took the win from Holland and Smith. Lee Hollands second place was enough to crown him the 2016 National Twinshock Champion.
James Curtis was on fire in the CI Sport Inters class as he took two wins for the overall, from local rider Ben Price. Third was top over 40 rider Mark Burrows from Chris Anderton and Sean Burrows. Jamie Biddulph had a steady day in sixth, but was crowned Inters champion at the close of play.
Paul Croxen was fastest Falcon Shocks 250 rider, but John Bennett ended up class champion for his efforts in his 25th year of riding the series.
The MRH Consultants 125 classes all raced together and Andrew Robison reigned supreme in the twinshocks, taking the overall win, as new champion John Davis had bike gremlins in race three. Tim Grindrod took third on the Moto Villa. In the 125 Evos it was a battle of the Hondas with Andy Lawton coming out on top with three seconds. Richard Chinn took second, which was good enough to give him this years title. And John Butler split the Hondas traking third on the Kawasaki. Jamie Jackson won had a DNF in the first, before taking the next two for fifth behind Jack May. Graham Cross was the top pre-83 rider on the day.
In the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class there was only one point separating Connor and Michael Smith at the start of the day. Connor took the first race, and Michael the second, but a twisted ankle slowed Michael down and Connor took a convincing win in the third to take a thoroughly deserved first title. Andy Hinchliffe was third and best 250, in front of Lee Jones and Stefan Garton.
MD Racing Over 50’s;
1 Pete Mathia, 2 Chris Woodward, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Mark Silvester, 5 Wayne Le Marquand, 6 Norman Emery.
MD Racing Over 60’s;
1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Steve Mitton, 4 Phil Wilkes, 5 David Robb, 6 Martin Snape.
AB Race Cruisers Veterans;
1 Paul Coward, 2 Jonno White, 3 Lee Jones, 4 Richard Chinn, 5 Alan Eaves, 6 Lee Buck.
West Midlands Evos 125’s;
1 Neil Griffiths, 2 Dave Russell, 3 Zac Hackett, 4 Chris Pritchett, 5 Dave Frampton, 6 Vince Crawley.
West Midland Evos 250’s;
1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Nick Payton, 4 Kevin Butcher, 5 Gene Harker, 6 Pete Chambers.
West Midlands Evos 500’s;
1 Jason Aylett, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Paul Kirkby, 4 James Reeves, 5 Jordan Pope, 6 Kyle Godbear.
1 Shaun Murphy, 2 Louis Harmer, 3 Mathew Bennett, 4 Dean Gray, 5 Mike Tucker, 6 Lucy Tilzey.
1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Barry Turnbull, 4 Wayne Butt, 5 Mathew Rudd, 6 Jamie Jackson.
CI Sport Intermediates;
1 James Curtis, 2 Ben Price, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Chris Anderton, 5 Sean Burrows, 6 Jamie Biddulph.
Falcon Shocks 250’s; 1 Paul Croxen, 2 John Bennett.
MRH Consultants 125 Evos;
1 Andy Lawton, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 John Butler, 4 Jack May, 5 Jamie Jackson, 6 Phil Oxley.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshocks;
1 Andrew Robinson, 2 Chris Rowlands, 3 Tim Grindrod, 4 John Davis, 5 Alan Wheldon.
Pre-83 125’s; 1 Graham Cross, 2 Peter Powell.
Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution; 1 Connor Smith, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Andy Hinchliffe, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Stefan Garton, 6 Jordan Davis.
Martindales Rider of the meeting; Shaun Murphy.