Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5
Cumbria Twinshock Club
Warmingham Lane, Sandbach
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures LMX Photos Louise Croome
The Toughsheet National Twinshock championship circus moved to Warmingham Lane, Sandbach last weekend, supported by KAIS Suspension, and 170 riders arrived to find the circuit in probably the best condition it has been in the last ten years. Host club Cumbria Twinshock put on another faultless show, with the water being laid down early on Sunday morning before the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution riders went to the line to start the 21 race programme, with holeshot prizes supported by Putoline.
And the battle of the two Smiths continued with Michael Smith on the Honda getting the better of young Yorkshireman Connor Smith on the big Kwacker each race, to narrow the gap at the top of the table from ten points to only a single point at the end of play. Andy Hichliffes three thirds keeps him in the hunt, with young Lee Jones in fourth just edging Stefan Garton into fifth.
The Wesd Mids Evo crew raced alongside the evo boys, and Jim Shand raced top ten all day, to take three wins from three in the class. Zac Hackett enjoyed the day in second from Neil Williams in third and WME coordinator Nigel Green in fourth.
The MD Racing Over 50’s saw the continuing battle between Pete Mathia, Willie Burgess and Alan Bott, with Math overcoming Burgess in races one and two, before Burgess took race three.
Mathia took the overall and extended his championship lead over third placed Bott to 19 points. Norman Emery made the long journey worthwhile taking fourth overall from Mark Silvester on the Marsh HPF Honda.
Graham Challis was the man to beat in the MD Racing Over 50’s, and took all three wins, having to pass runner up Alan Hambridge to keep up the momentum. Phil Wilkes was delighted with his third place from Dave Mozley and Steve Mitton on the big Husky.
The Wulfsport Experts went to Championship leader Lee Holland who won race one from Scott Mathia, with Michael Smith well down following his petrol tap being knocked off in mid race. Smith then beat Holland in races two and three after some terrific racing between the pair. Ricky Pedder had his best finish to date in third overall, and is really getting to grips with the Murphy Maico this year. Scott Mathia took fourth despite seizing the Maico in race two. Ewan Johnston rode top six all day for fifth overall on another Wulfsport Maico.
Paul Croxon was the best Falcon Shocks 250 rider and would have finished in the top six of the Experts, and John Bennett was second best 250 rider.
The CI Sport Inters is a good class to watch with all the riders of a very similar speed, and this week it was Rob Sadler on a 250 Moto Villa who took all three wins, and with it the Martindales Rider of The Meeting award. Jamie Biddulph took second and extended his class lead, from James Curtis in third. Ben Price again improved and took fourth from local rider Dom Bratt.
The LPE Clubman class once again was dominated by Dean Gray who took another three wins, although he was headed by guest rider Peter Williamson who was not riding for points. Matt Bennett deserves a mention as runner up though, as he was riding with a damaged ankle awaiting surgery. Steve Hogg mounted the podium once more in third, from Mark Bill and returnee local rider Phil Bayman, who had his best result for years.
The top six AB Race Cruisers Vets riders on modern bikes were all over each other in every race, with probably the strongest field for some time. The amount of trophy’s collectively these guys have won over the years would surely fill someone’s garage. Rick De-Feu had to use all of his experience each race to work his way to the front and took all three wins, from Danny Blakeley, Paul Coward, championship leader Jonno White, Richard Chinn on the TM and Garry Jones.
Mike Allport won the battle of the Over 50’s Vets from Phil Daley and Mark Tilzey.
The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class is another where anyone of five riders could take a win, but it was Richard Chinn who won the battle of the Hondas with some true grit going 1-3-2 for the overall. Holeshot king Andy Lawton tied on points with Chinn with a 2-1-3 but lost out on last race score. Callum Whaling surprized them all taking the race three win for third overall from Nathan Marsden and David Blackburn.
Andrew Robinson had his best result ever winning the MRH 125 Twinshock class on the Honda, with John Davis in second due to a DNF in race one. Chris Rowlands back on the twinnies too k third.
There was a modern support class added to the event, and up and coming enduro rider Brad Freeman showed all of his talent, with the fastest laps of the day entertaining the crowds as he took all three wins by at least half a lap each time. Pete Hamlett took second from Jack Drogan and Jordan Dawes.
The next round is on August 28 at Thoresway Moto Park, Caistor, Lincs.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Rob Sadler.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Michael Smith, 2 Connor Smith, 3 Andy Hinchliffe, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Stefan Garton,
6 Tom Marsh.
West Midland Evos
1 Jim Shand, 2 Zak Hackett, 3 Neil Williams, 4 Nigel Green, 5 Tony Giles, 6 Neil Griffiths.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Pete Mathia, 2 Willie Burgess, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Norman Emery, 5 Mark Silvester,
6 Daran Williams.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Phil Wilkes, 4 Dave Mozley, 5 Steve Mitton,
6 Bill Brown.
1 Lee Holland, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Ricky Pedder, 4 Scott Mathia, 5 Ewan Johnston,
6 Matt Rudd.
CI Sport Inters
1 Rob Sadler, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 James Curtis, 4 Ben Price, 5 Dom Bratt, 6 Mark Burrows.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Paul Croxon, 2 John Bennett.
1 Dean Gray, 2 Mathew Bennett, 3 Steve Hogg, 4 Mark Bill, 5 Phil Bayman, 6 Mike Tucker.
AB Race Cruisers Veterans
Over 40’s: 1 Rick De-Feu, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Jonno White, 5 Richard Chinn, 6 Garry Jones.
Over 50’s: 1 Mike Allport, 2 Phil Daley, 3 Mark Tilzey, 4 Gary Mason, 5 Mark Bowden,
6 Tony Houseman.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 Andy Robinson, 2 John Davis, 3 Chris Rowlands, 4 Tim Grindrod.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Richard Chinn, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Callum Whaling, 4 Nathan Marsden, 5 David Blackburn, 6 Jack May.
Modern Support Class
1 Brad Freeman, 2 Pete Hamlett, 3 Jack Drogan, 4 Jordan Dawes, 5 Chaz Nicholls,
6 Stu Dawes.