Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4
Lancashire Twinshock Club
Eskham House Farm, Garstang
Report Geoff Shuttleworth
Pictures Louises MX Pictures
The fourth round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships hosted by the Lancashire Twinshock Club nearly bit the dust as the original venue at Astbury was found to be too wet with a week to go, so the club had to search the North West for a suitable alternative. Well they landed at Eskham House Farm, near Garstang just south of Lancaster, and it proved to be a really good choice as it was just right for the twinshocks. Once going, everything went to plan, and although a little low on numbers they did a fantastic job, supported by the Cumbria Club, and event support from Jonno White at KAIS Suspension.
In all three Wulfsport Expert races Irelands Willie Burgess burst into the lead, and although he was eventually caught by the younger riders he managed to take the overall win by a single point from Gary Parker, and with it the CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the day award. In race one he was chased by Aaron Holmes and Alex Butler, but both riders had mishaps, which left Gary Parker to take up the charge, and he eventually got past Willie on lap four to take the first win, from Willie, Danny Hiorns and Andy Hinchliffe. Race two saw Burgess hit the front only to be passed by Matt Stephenson, who was guesting on Ken Sourbutts Maico. Stephenson went onto win, but hurt his ankle in the process and had to miss the final moto. Butler chased him home in front of Hiorns, Burgess and Parker. Burgess led race three until half distance when Butler stormed past to make it three different winners, Burgess took a great runner up from Parker and Hinchliffe.
The Falcon Shock 250 riders raced alongside the experts, and Steve Rowlands took three excellent wins, after passing early leader Steve Denton, who managed a good second overall. Jamie Biddulph had his beat result to date with third overall from John Bennett and Chad Sait.
A full LPE Clubman line up were next to the line, and there was some tight racing at the front with the lead changing hands almost every lap. Andy Steel reigned supreme though, taking the overall with two wins and a second. Carl Nissen took the runner up berth, helped by two fine second places, and Phil Oxley completed the podium, guesting on Jon Hollands Suzuki, from Gary Craddock and Irelands John Allen.
In the MD Racing Over 50 class, hard working club member Alan Eaves for once had his work cut out to keep the others at bay. Alan took the first race from hard charging Phil Martindale, with Alan Bott taking third from Chris Woodward and Phil Ryan. But the second race belonged to Martindale, who took it from Woodward and Eaves, who had an indifferent start. It was winner takes all for the overall in race three, and Eaves just edged it with a close finish from Martindale, Bott and Craig Holmes.
The MD Racing Over 60’s was won by Toughsheets John Mercer who had three good wins. Geoff Stokes took second, after problems in race one. And Tony Aldridge completed the podium on his trusty CZ from Alan Deer on another CZ.
The Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock and Evos raced together, and in the Twinshocks it was business as usual for Sean McCrea who took three easy wins, mixing it with some of the newer bikes. Young Matt Rowlands took second from Andrew Robinson.
In the 125 Evos, Lee Holland seemed to be on for three superb wins until the last lap of the final outing when he had a big off, and limped back to the paddock bruised and battered. This opened the door for James Clarke, who was out on one of Lee Hollands spare bikes, who took full advantage to take the overall win from Richard Wood on the Kawasaki, from Anthony Hartley in third.
The Herts MX Vets class were next up, and there was some real blood and thunder racing as eventual overall winner Danny Blakeley was made to work ever so hard for the win. He took race one and two from Garry Jones and Rick De-Feu, but in race three had to settle for second to De-Feu, in front of Jones and Barry Marshall and Ewan Johnston.
The CI Sport Inters saw another fast starting Irishman as George Porter got the drop in all three races. He won race one from Daran Williams, Steve Goddard and Dan Hardy. Race two saw Goddard win from Williams, Porter and Chris Anderton. The third race decider saw Williams improve to take a fine win and overall from Goddard and James Curtis.
The final championship class was the Motolink Yamaha Evolution class, and it was a very fast Danny Hiorns who took all three wins on the big Kawasaki to claim the overall. Jonno White was his nearest challenger in the first two races, but Andy Hinchliffe pipped him to the runner up spot on last race result. Jon Cowgill was next best in fourth from Daniel Jones.
An extra Modern class was added to the programme and there was nobody going to get near the ultra smooth Gav Houson, who took all three wins with ease. James Goodall rode consistently to take second from James Clarke, Aaron Holmes and Dave Bennett.
The next round is the double header at Warmingham Lane, Sandbach on July 19/20.
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Danny Hiorns, 4 Alex Butler, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Matt Stephenson.
Falcon Shocks 250’s
1 Steve Rowlands, 2 Steve Denton, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 John Bennett, 5 Chad Sait, 6 Chris Rowlands.
1 Andy Steel, 2 Carl Nissen, 3 Phil Oxley, 4 Gary Craddock, 5 John Allen, 6 Mark Russell.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Alan Eaves, 2 Phil Martindale, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Chris Woodward, 5 Craig Holmes, 6 Phil Ryan.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 John Mercer, 2 Geoff Stokes, 3 Tony Aldridge, 4 Alan Deer, 5 Dave Mozley, 6 Brian Hayes.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Twinshock
1 Sean McCrea, 2 Mathew Rowlands, 3 Andrew Robinson.
Yorkshire VMX 125 Evolution
1 James Clarke, 2 Richard Wood, 3 Anthony Hartley, 4 Lee Holland, 5 Phil Oxley, 6 Mark Burrows.
Herts MX Veterans
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Rick Du-Feu, 3 Garry Jones, 4 Barry Marshall, 5 Ewan Johnston, 6 Lee Buck.
CI Sport Inters
1 Daran Williams, 2 Steve Goddard, 3 George Porter, 4 Chris Anderton, 5 Martin Speak,
6 Dan Hardy.
Motolink Yamaha Evolution
1 Danny Hiorns, 2 Andy Hinchliffe, 3 Jonno White, 4 Jon Cowgill, 5 Daniel Jones, 6 Matt Rudd. Best Pre-85 – Lee Buck.
1 Gav Houson, 2 James Goodall, 3 James Clarke, 4 Aaron Holmes, 5 Dave Bennett, 6 Jack Craggs.
CNR Burrows Transport Rider of the Meeting – Willie Burgess.