26
Jul

Hawkstone Park Festival of Legends 2017

 

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26
Jul

Toughsheet National Twinshock Awards Presentation Evening

Saturday October 21st, 7-00pm for 7-30pm.

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26
Jul

Round 5 – Wilberfoss

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Yorkshire Twinshock Club

Wilberfoss, York

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Matthew Rudd Photography

The Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championship rolled into Wilberfoss, near York for round five of seven, supported by JK Racing, and hosted by the Yorkshire Twinshock Club.

The track was prepared to perfection by Mik White and the club, and the free Saturday night bar, and heavy overnight rain, meant that minds and conditions were perfect come Sunday morning for the 150 rider turn out. An extra grass loop was added to the loamy track, which rode well for the full 25 race programme.

This week it was the turn of the LPE Clubman riders to open proceedings, and there were a host of guest riders, who dominated the early morning battles. Hampshires Ross Emery was in a class of his own though, and won all three motos with plenty to spare, earning him a promotion to the Inters class next time out. Kev Smith continues his rehabilitation, and took second overall, finishing behind Emery in all three. Third went to Simon Bentley, who extended his championship lead on the Honda. Ben Thompson took fourth on his borrowed Geoff Stokes four stroke, beating Gavin Cole on a tie break.

Danny Blakeley had a great day in the Hazport Vets class, with three wins, first on the big Evo Kawasaki, and then the two stroke Yamaha. Jonno White took three seconds, despite having to use his trusty evo 125 in the last two races following a broken front wheel on his modern Suzuki.

And Paul Coward, who is still recovering from injury, took third overall from Paul Groom in fourth. Richard Wood took fifth, and also was first home in the over 50 category.

Guest rider Carl Hodgson had some bad luck in the CI Sport Inter class, as he stormed to victory in race one, before bike trouble put him out of contention. Chaz Nichols was the rider who benefitted as he won race two, and finished second in the third, to give him his first twinshock overall win. Series leader James Graham came from the back in race one to take fifth, and then a second and a win to give him the runner up berth. Last years Clubman champion Dean Gray continues to improve and took third from James Cowgill and Chris Anderton.

In the Wulfsport Experts, Barry Turnbull made it look so easy on the JR Racing Honda, as he took three classy wins, with his smooth riding style. Michael Smith did all he could on the Sourbutts Maico, and was pleased with his second overall with a 2-2-3 card. Lee Holland on the Yorkshire VMX Honda, led the first race for a few laps before succumbing to Turnbull, and eventually took third overall with two thirds and a fourth. Dave Campbell on another YVMX Honda, was mixing it with the leaders, and took second in the final leg to take fourth overall.

Ben Margetson, Wulfsport Maico took fifth from Irelands Jon McBride.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class was once again dominated by the Steve Clitheroe Hondas, as Andy Lawton and Jacob Joyce, battled it out for supremacy. Lawton stamped his authority early though as he took the first two wins from Lawton, but Joyce made amends by catching and passing him in the final race. So it was Lawton on the top step of the podium from Joyce, with John Butler getting amongst it with three thirds for the final step. Jonno White came home in fourth from Mason Bell in fifth.

John Davis continued his march to the 125 Twinshock title with three clear wins from Jason Herring, Mark Burrows and Andrew Robinson.

Irelands Willie Burgess took the MD Racing Over 50 class, with three faultless wins on his Murphy Maico, with only Alan Bott getting anywhere near in second, although he did have machine trouble in the final leg. Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand flew in, to ride superbly on the Marsh HPF Honda four stroke, and took third overall, and also the Martindales rider of the meeting award, from Chris Woodward and Tim Sabine.

Graham Challis showed his class in the over 60’s, by taking all three wins, although Alan Hambridge in second, did all he could to catch him, and Steve Mitton took third on the big Husky.

The Woodys Vintage Honda Evo class saw some of the best racing, with the first five in each race covered by a proverbial blanket. But the cream always rises to the top, and it was Danny Blakeley who took top honours with 3-2-1 finishes, but only after a tie break with Michael Smith, who went 2-1-3. Dave Campbell, who won the first moto, took third from Jamie Dobson and Andrew Collins.

An extra modern class was added to the race programme, and Aiden Wharton took three wins, but was pushed all the way by Tim Gardham in second and Steve Gardham in third.

The final race of the day was the annual War of the Roses Challenge, where teams of riders from Red and White Rose counties, were handicapped over a four lap dash, and it was won by Jacob Joyce, who came through the field to take maximum points for the red rose county, from Kev Smith and Mathew Brady. The shield was presented to Lancashires Ken Sourbutts byYorkshires captain Alan Hardy.

The next round is the Festival of Legends at Hawkstone Park, Sunday and Monday August 27/28.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Wayne Le Marquand.

LPE Clubman

1 Ross Emery, 2 Kev Smith, 3 Simon Bentley, 4 Ben Thompson, 5 Gavin Cole, 6 Mark Gardner.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Paul Groom, 5 Richard Wood, 6 Richard Corner.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Richard Wood, 2 Colin Bland, 3 Mark Bowden, 4 Dave Ibbison, 5 Neil Eastwood, 6 Chris Rowlands.

CI Sport Inters

1 Chaz Nichols, 2 James Graham, 3 Dean Gray, 4 James Cowgill, 5 Chris Anderton, 6 Matt Bennett.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Lee Holland, 4 David Campbell, 5 Ben Margetson,

6 Jon McBride.

Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Jason Herring, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Andrew Robinson, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Steve Riley.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Jacob Joyce, 3 John Butler, 4 Jonno White, 5 Mason Bell, 6 David Blackburn.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Wayne Le Marquand, 4 Chris Woodward, 5 Tim Sabine,

6 John Bennett.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Steve Mitton, 4 Allan Williamson.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Michael Smith, 3 David Campbell, 4 Jamie Dobson, 5 Andrew Collins,

6 Andy Hinchliffe.

Modern Class

1 Aiden Wharton, 2 Tim Gardham, 3 Steve Gardham, 4 Wayne Pudge, 5 James Thompson,

6 Olly Clark.

War of the Roses won by Lancashire 135 Yorkshire 83

1 Jacob Joyce (L), 2 Kev Smith (L), 3 Mathew Brady (Y), 4 Jonno White (L), 5 Robin Chadwick (L), 6 Dave Ibbison (L).

 
27
Jun

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Lancashire Twinshock Club

Eskham House Farm, Garstang

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures John Lupton & Andrew Fairclough

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships passed the half way point of the season, when the Lancashire Twinshock club hosted round four at Garstang on Sunday. The event was supported by Pemberton Tyres, and the club worked really hard to quell any dust caused by the sweltering conditions. The track was set up from scratch, as it had not been used all year, and the early conditions saw wet grass catch quite a few out until the near 200 rider entry had completed practice.

The Hazport Vets were first to the line this week, and it was series leader Danny Blakeley who took the overall with two wins and a second. Rick Du-Feu got quicker with each race, and took race three to claim second overall by one point from Jonno White in third. Local rider David Bennett who had been on digger duty all weekend, took fourth from Garry Jones and Steve Ward.

Mike Allport, who had to leave the event early, still took the Over 50 vets class from David Clayborn and Mark Bowden.

The CI Sport Inters class was won by the consistent Dan Hardy who carded 3-2-3 on the day, to take the overall from former Clubman champion Dean Gray in second. James Curtis looked to be the fastest rider in the class, but an off in race one scuppered his chance of victory, although he did go on to win races two and three. Matt Bennett recorded his best result to date in fourth, in front of Nigel Sowerby. It was also good to see returnees Gav Baldwin from New Zealand and his old adversaries Jamie Lawrence and Alan Wood return to the fray.

A sparse Wulfsport Expert class still had some of the closest racing we have seen all year, with a five way tussle for supremacy between the fastest twinshock riders in the country. And for once Barry Turnbull on the JR Racing Honda, had to work overtime to overcome the opposition. Just to emphasise the speed of this class, Barry turned in the fastest lap of the day, even faster than the modern and evo class riders. In race one he came from behind to take the victory from Jamie Jackson, who was still suffering from illness. The second was won by a flying David Campbell, from Turnbull, Michael Smith and Lee Holland, and then the decider went to Turnbull from Campbell, and, Holland, with Irelands Jon McBride in a superb fourth. So Turnbull ended the day extending his series lead, with the overall in the battle for the coveted red plate, with Campbell second overall from Holland and Jackson.

The MRH 125 Evo class never fails to impress, and although Andy Lawton took a well deserved race one victory, it was arch rival Jacob Joyce, who took the next two wins to take the top podium step. Both riders were on Steve Clitheroe prepped Hondas, and it is hard to see another rider topping them this year, although John Butler in third is certainly not throwing the towel in just yet. Nathan Marsden rode really well for fourth from Jonno White in fifth.

The 125 Twinshock class went to reigning champ John Davis, who took all three wins, and was again mixing it with the newer Evo 125’s. Mark Burrows missed out on second after a rear puncture put him out of the reckoning after two second places. But Steve Riley took advantage to take silver from Dave Ellis in third.

Willie Burgess put on a master class in the MD Racing Over 50 twinshocks, with three storming wins, with no other rider getting anywhere near his rear wheel all day. Event sponsor Alan Bott, followed Willie home in each leg to take second overall, and Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand had his best result to date on the Marsh HPF Honda in third. Tim Sabine and Chris Cannon took fourth and fifth to complete the podium.

The Over 60’s used the split start, and although series leader Graham Challis took the first race win, Martin Snape on the Kawasaki, got into his stride taking the next two to take a great overall victory. Challis came home in second from Alan Hambridge and Allan Williamson.

There were three different race winners in the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class.

Danny Blakeley took race one, but I think the heat and the pressure of doing two classes may have told on him later in the day. Michael Ogden took victory in the second race, for his maiden win in the class, but it was former GP runner David Campbell who took race three, on the big Honda to take the spoils with first place on the podium from Ogden, Blakeley, Michael Smith and Jamie Dobson.

The LPE Clubman class was a closely contested class, but at the end of the day it was club member Kev Smith, who was returning to action after a number of years out, who reigned supreme with a seventh and two hard fought wins, to take not only the overall, but the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award.

Mike Tucker won race one, which helped him get second in class, Gavin Cole went top four in each race to take third, from series leader Simon Bentley, and Luke Freudenau had his best result ever in fifth from Lucy Tilzey.

There was a modern support class added to the programme, and Jimmy Margetson showed his class, taking three emphatic race wins for the top step of the podium. Joe Wilkinson followed Jimmy home to take second from the 125 evo boys Jacob Joyce and Andy Lawton.

The next round is at Wilberfoss, York on July 23.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Kev Smith.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Rick Du-Feu, 3 Jonno White, 4 David Bennett, 5 Garry Jones,

6 Steve Ward.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mike Allport, 2 David Clayborn, 3 Mark Bowden, 4 Dave Ibbison, 5 Chris Rowlands,

6 Mark Tilzey.

CI Sport Inters

1 Dan Hardy, 2 Dean Gray, 3 James Curtis, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Nigel Sowerby,

6 Glyn Lawrence.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 David Campbell, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Jamie Jackson, 5 Michael Smith,

6 Ben Margetson.

Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Steve Riley, 3 Dave Ellis, 4 Tim Grindrod, 5 Mark Burrows, 6 Jordan Brownrigg.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Jacob Joyce, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 John Butler, 4 Nathan Marsden, 5 Jonno White, 6 Andy Wilkes.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Wayne Le Marquand, 4 Tim Sabine, 5 Chris Cannon,

6 Ivor Gilford.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Martin Snape, 2 Graham Challis, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Allan Williamson, 5 Bill Brown,

6 David Robb.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 David Campbell, 2 Michael Ogden, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Jamie Dobson,

6 Conor Smith.

LPE Clubman

1 Kev Smith, 2 Mike Tucker, 3 Gavin Cole, 4 Simon Bentley, 5 Luke Freudenau,

6 Lucy Tilzey

Modern Class

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Joe Wilkinson, 3 Jacob Joyce, 4 Andy Lawton, 5 Frazer Clarke,

6 Andy Hinchliffe.

 
24
May

Round 3 – The Butts

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Yorkshire Twinshock Club

The Butts, Ashover, Derbys.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Tracey Allport Church of Dirt

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships returned to the Butts Quarry in Derbyshire on Sunday, ten years since their last visit, and the track was in great condition after Saturdays rain, which made conditions sticky for practice, but came good for the start of racing. The Yorkshire Twinshock Club were the hosts supported by the Cumbria Club, and they got through the mammoth 24 race programme in record time, with 160 riders enjoying the slickly run programme, supported by Central Motors Salvage from Derby.

The order of racing rotates at each round, and the CI Sport Intermediate riders had their own race to start proceedings, and it was James Graham on the Honda who had a clean sweep of three victories to extend his lead in the championship. James Curtis finished second each time to Graham and moves up to second in the series. Jake Veitch, upgraded from the Clubman, showed his speed to take third from Dean Gray and James Cowgill.

There were 16 Wulfsport Experts on the line for their first race, but an unexpected non starter was Jamie Jackson, who caught an overnight bug, so it turned out to be a bit of a stroll for Barry Turnbull on the JR Racing Honda, as he coasted to three unchallenged wins, with his times being almost as quick as the modern vets. Ben Margetson on the Wulfsport Maico got the bit between his teeth to take three seconds, and reigning champion Lee Holland on the YVMX Honda took three thirds. Michael Smith on the Sourbutts Maico took fourth from Elliot Stones and Craig Reynolds.

Honda machines dominated the MRH Consultants 125 Evo class, with race one winner John Butler getting out of the blocks first and holding off a late challenge from Jacob Joyce on the Steve Clitheroe prepped bike. But Joyce took command by winning the next two after gating better and hitting the front early. This gave him the overall and the series lead, with Butler taking runner up. Andy Lawton had a poor race one which relegated him to third overall. Jonno White split the Hondas on his beloved Suzuki, from David Blackburn and Andy Wilkes.

John Davis continues to shine in the 125 Twinshock class, and was mixing it with the top ten of the Evo bikes, as he took the overall with two wins and a second, and the series lead. First race winner Sean McCrea had a bit of a mare, as he got caught up in a couple of incidents, but still took the runner up on the podium. Series leader going into the weekend, Mark Burrows, took third, just edging out Phil Oxley and Steve Riley.

Willie Burgess started the day a little bit sore in the MD Racing Over 50’s, after a previous weekend crash, but still managed to take all three wins for the overall, but he was pushed in all three by Pete Mathia, who was racing in the Czech Republic a week earlier. Alan Bott improved with each race to take third, but Gary Parker felt unwell, and it showed as he had to settle for fourth from Tim Sabine in fifth. And there was a tie for sixth with travelling partners Wayne Le Marquand and Norman Emery.

Graham Challis just managed to get his bike home after a third race off, in the Over 60 class, which gave him the win by just a single point from Martin Snape on the Kawasaki. Challis won the first two, but always had runner up and third race winner Snape and Alan Hambridge snapping at his heels. Davie Robb rode consistently for fourth.

The wildcard rider Bradley Ward, over from America, and on a MX Concepts Honda, took the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class by storm with all three wins, and his times compared favourably with his modern bike times. Jamie Dobson was second, and the only rider to lap at anywhere near Wards times. Reigning champion Conor Smith fought hard for third, after some cracking dices with Michael Smith in fourth, just holding off Danny Blakeley and Dave Campbell.

The LPE Clubman class had three different winners, after four riders had been upgraded to the Inters after round two. Gavin Cole took a great race one win, just holding off Lucy Tilzey.

Event sponsor Simon Bentley was overjoyed at his race two win from Mark Gardner, and then Mark Bill won race three from Mike Tucker. This gave Mark Bill his first ever overall victory, and with it, was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting decanter. Bentley was runner up overall from Gardner, Cole and Tucker.

The Hazport Vets class had some real close racing, and turned out to be a three way battle between Danny Blakeley, Jonno White and Laurence Wiltshire. And it all went to down to the final race as Blakeley and White took a race win apiece, before the decider went to Danny to win by three points from White. Wiltshire settled for third, following the pair home each time. Paul Groom got in on the act in fourth from Mark Wartigg.

Mike Allport once again was the best Over 50 vet from Steve Rowlands and Martin Speak.

There was a small field of modern riders to finish a great weekend, with Bradley Ward showing what a class act he is on any bike, by taking all three wins. Joe Scott and Jimmy Margetson followed him home in second and third from Curtis Dixon and James Clark.

The next round is at Eskham House Farm, Garstang, Lancaster on June 18.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Mark Bill.

CI Sport Inters

1 James Graham, 2 James Curtis, 3 Jake Veitch, 4 Dean Gray, 5 James Cowgill, 6 Dom Bratt.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Ben Margetson, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Elliot Stones, 6 Craig Reynolds.

Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Sean McCrea, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Phil Oxley, 5 Steve Riley, 6 Chris Rowlands.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Jacob Joyce, 2 John Butler, 3 Andy Lawton, 4 Jonno White, 5 David Blackburn, 6 Andy Wilkes.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Pete Mathia, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Gary Parker, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Wayne Le Marquand.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Graham Challis, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 David Robb, 5 Phil Wilkes, 6 Bill Brown.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Bradley Ward, 2 Jamie Dobson, 3 Conor Smith, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Danny Blakeley,

6 Dave Campbell.

LPE Clubman

1 Mark Bill, 2 Simon Bentley, 3 Mark Gardner, 4 Gavin Cole, 5 Mike Tucker, 6 Sammy Peach.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Laurence Wiltshire, 4 Paul Groom, 5 Mark Wartigg,

6 Mike Allport.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mike Allport, 2 Steve Rowlands, 3 Martin Speak, 4 John Pattison, 5 Neil Smith, 6 Chris Rowlands.

Modern Class

1 Bradley Ward, 2 Joe Scott, 3 Jimmy Margetson, 4 Curtis Dixon, 5 James Clark, 6 Miles Dolphin.