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Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Nottingham Twinshock Club


Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The third round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock championships took place at Bevercotes last weekend hosted by the Nottingham Twinshock Club and supported by Midland Contractors and Mick Beardshaw. Considering this was their inaugural event as a Twinshock Club, they put on a great show, especially as the circuit is renowned for the dust problems. But they laid out the track to include several grass loops on the steep hillside, and a strong wind blew the dust in the right direction. And due to the track’s popularity, over 190 riders turned up from all corners of the UK, and three blocks of racing were completed for just after five o clock. The long track was fast, and tough, but and after some extra grading really came to the riders.

The CI Sport Inters Twinshock class were first to the line at this round, and the man to beat was David Hopkins on his Husky, as he took the first two race wins, but was was beaten by Ben Braddick in race three. That gave him his third overall win of the season, with Braddick taking second. Steve Morgan had his first outing of the season and came home a fine third overall on the Maico. Brad Perrett took his PDS Triumph to fourth, helped by two second places, and Sean Burrows was fifth.

There was a full grid of 36 riders in the Hazport Vets Modern class, and Simon Bonser was the fastest rider on track in the Over 40’s, scorching to the first two race wins, but in race three he went slightly early and hit the gate, leaving him in last place. He managed to fight his way back to sixth at the flag, which gave him first overall when the dust had settled. Danny Blakely went 2-3-4 on the Yamaha, just pipping Jonno White for the runner up place on the podium. White did though get the bit between his teeth as he managed to fend off the rest to take the third race victory. Adam Wilkinson was up amongst the front runners and took fourth from Grant Hacking.

The Over 50’s Modern was a close run thing, with Nev King coming out on top, after a superb second in the final race. Lance Marshall took a second in race two which helped him bag the runner up spot from Andy Mitchell and Adrian Lewis.

It looked like it was going to be Jimmy Margetsons day in the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock class, as he took race one from a detuned Barry Turnbull, but a second race problem relegated him to sixth place. He then came out and won race three as well, but it was not enough to give him the overall win, as Barry Turnbulls 2-1-2 meant Barry won by four points, and narrows Margetson championship lead to only eight points.

Luke Hill on another PDS Triumph had his best result to date in third place, with a 3-2-4 scorecard, which keeps him in third in the series. Ben Margetson took fourth, with Albert Martindale in fifth.

In the Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock class, it was old master Jim Shand who took the overall, with three great wins, and his nearest challenger Kyle Godbear took second on a tie break with Jamie Biddulph.

John Davis was back on fire in the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock class, as he mixed it with a lot of the Experts on the bigger bikes, and eventually came home as the first 125 rider in all three motos. Andy Hinchliffe did all he could to chase John down, but had to settle for three seconds. Third place on the podium went to Dean Hakes, with reigning champion Matt Rudd in fourth after losing his shock springs, and then having to borrow a bike. Jason Slater came home in fifth place.

There is nobody to stop Willie Burgess in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class this year, as he reeled off another trio of victories on the blue Gary Murphy Maico. Alan Bott came second despite finishing the last race with a snapped swing arm. Tim Sabine took his Suzuki to third place, and won the Mick Beardshaw East Midlands Twinshock Trophy. Pete Williamson finished in the top four all day and took fourth, with Terry Connor having his best rides for a couple of years, and was presented with the Martindales Rider of the Meeting Trophy.

The Over 60’s Twinshock class was again a bit of a cake walk for Wayne Le Marquand, as he took the Marsh HPF to three wins. There was a good battle for second though with Jon Wood getting it by two points from Martin Snape, who was making a welcome return to the fray after an injury. Alan Hambridge and Graham Challis battled all day and were fourth and fifth on the podium.

The reigning champion of the MRH 125 Evo class, Shane Holmes, looked to be getting back to his winning ways as he won the battle against championship leader Andy Lawton. Holmes took all three wins from Lawton, who still though has a commanding lead in the class. Lee Holland was up there too, and posted 4-3-3 for third overall, not far off the leading pair. Mason Bell holeshot race one, and that helped give him fourth from the chasing Matty Sanders.

There was a good line up of Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock riders, and it was a delighted Steve Hakes who won the day with a second and two wins on the orange Maico. This means he extends his class lead over second placed Lucy Tilzey, winner of race one. Riley Copeland is now a regular contender, and he managed third place on the Red Rocket, with Simon Young and Danny Braddick completing the podium.

Barry Turnbull was really making the big CR500 sing in the Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open class as he reigned supreme with three faultless wins, and is already looking like he will retain his title. Michael Smith was also on form and took a couple of seconds in second overall. Jamie Dobson on the Kawasaki was another rider right up there challenging for the lead, and went 3-3-2 for third overall. Fourth went to Chris Sanders just in front of Dan Shepherd in fifth.

The Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos were a bit depleted, but series leader Chris Hind extended his lead for the title with the overall win, winning race one. Sam Vickers took second after finishing in the top three in each race, and Lee Buck got his best result so far in third. It could have been so different for Jake Moss though, as a DNF in race one, followed by two wins only gave him fourth overall from Nathan Cooper in fifth.

The series now moves onto Astbury, Cheshire for round four in three weeks’ time on Sunday June 16.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Terry Connor.

Mick Beardshaw Best East Mids Over 50 Trophy – Tim Sabine

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 David Hopkins, 2 Ben Bradick, 3 Steve Morgan, 4 Brad Perrett, 5 Sean Burrows, 6 David Taylor.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Simon Bonser, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Jonno White, 4 Adam Wilkinson, 5 Grant Hacking,

6 David Bennett.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Nev King, 2 Lance Marshall, 3 Andy Mitchell, 4 Adrian Lewis, 5 Mike Allport, 6 Sean Dodders.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Jimmy Margetson, 3 Luke Hill, 4 Ben Margetson, 5 Albert Martindale,

6 Andy Hinchliffe.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Jim Shand, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Dave Ellis.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Andy Hinchliffe, 3 Dean Hakes, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Jason Slater, 6 Mark Burrows.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Pete Williamson, 5 Terry Connor, 6 Andy Holland.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Jon Wood, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Alan Hambridge, 5 Graham Challis,

6 Stephen Penson.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Shane Holmes, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Mason Bell, 5 Matty Sanders, 6 Steve Gardham.

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Steve Hakes, 2 Lucy Tilzey, 3 Riley Copeland, 4 Simon Young, 5 Danny Braddick, 6 Mark Gardner.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Jamie Dobson, 4 Chris Sanders, 5 Dan Shepherd,

6 Danny Blakeley.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 Chris Hind, 2 Sam Vickers, 3 Lee Buck, 4 Jake Moss, 5 Nathan Cooper, 6 Gareth Morgans.


Round 2 – Hawkstone Park

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The second round of the Toughsheet National Twinshocks championships took place at Hawkstone Park last weekend hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club and supported by Vans of Westwood. The event incorporated the Matt Murphy Memorial, and the very handsome trophy was won by Andy Lawton, and was presented by Matts Dad Gary at the end of the meeting.

As is usual at this event there was a huge turnout, and due to heavy rain the week before, the going was soft, and riders found the going extremely tough, but the club worked wonders to complete the 24 race programme on the day. The sun shone through though, and although the track got rough, it certainly dried out, and there is no doubting there was a few aching bodies after the racing.

The Hazport Vets modern were first to the line this week, and Jonno White took the holeshot on the vintage Suzuki in race one, but he had to succumb to the pressure from Danny Blakeley on the second lap. Danny went on to dominate the class and took all three wins to take the overall in the Over 40’s and extend his series lead. Jonno ended up in second overall with his 2-3-2 scorecard. Adam Wilkinson had his best ride to date in third overall, helped by his second race second position. Event sponsor Simon Bonser overcame two crashes to salvage fourth, and Grant Hacking took fifth.

Best of the Vets Over 50’s went to a delighted Melvyn Homer helped by two sixth places. Second and third went to Adrian Lewis and Mike Allport.

Reigning National Twinshock champion, Barry Turnbull, was back to his old self in the Wulfsport Experts, as he reeled off three wins on his big Honda. Bryn Clarke tried all he could to stay with him in race one, but bike trouble stopped him in his tracks in race two. That left series leader Jimmy Margetson to take second overall, albeit with a reduced points lead going into round three. Michael Smith on the Sourbutts Monda took third, by a point from Albert Martindale who was only out on his Dads Maico for the second time. Martindale looked really smooth, and also took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award for his vastly improved showing. Luke Hill took the PDS Triumph to fifth place.

Andy Hinchliffe once again dominated the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock class with three wins, and has yet to be beaten. Matt Rudd followed Andy home in each race to take second, and Jason Slater had his best ride so far in third, in front of Rob Glynn and Robin Cowgill.

Matt Bennett took his first overall win in the Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock class with a win and two seconds, beating third race winner Jamie Biddulph by two points. Jim Shand was in amongst the action and took third place.

It was great to see former GP rider Dave Watson out in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class, and everyone was eager to see him back in action against fellow Irishman Willie Burgess.

Burgess got the race one victory, with Watson shadowing him all the way home, and John Iddon always there in third. But it all changed in race two, as Willies Murphy Maico was misfiring going to the line with ignition problems. This left Watson out in front to take the next two races to take a well deserved overall win. Scotlands Craig Smith really got to grips with the Hawkstone sand and took second overall from John Iddon on a third race tie break. Burgess managed fourth and Alan Bott battled to fifth.

Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand on the Marsh HPF is another rider yet to be beaten in the MotoX Concepts Over 60’s, as he took another trio of wins. His nearest challenger was Alan Hambridge in second, and Jon Wood took third on a tie break with Graham Challis.

There was huge anticipation before the MRH Evo 125 class, as it is usually a very close run class, but each race Andy Lawton hit the front, and checked out, without anyone actually getting near his back wheel all day. It was made all the sweeter as he took the Matt Murphy Trophy for his dominance. Wildcard rider Corey Nemeth followed Andy home in each leg to take second, with Lee Holland having a great day in third. Matt Wild and Matty Sanders completed the podium with some top four finishes.

Debutant Keelan Noble shook up the Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock class with two wins and a third to take the laurels, but it was regular Steve Hakes who rolled back the years to take the runner up berth. First race winner Riley Copeland would have been challenging for the overall but for a third race DNF, but still took third from Craig Ruck and Steve Hinchliffe.

Barry Turnbull reigned supreme in the Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo Open class, as he reeled off three wins to take his tally to six for the day. Michael Ogden recovered from a first race fight back from last to take second overall. Then it was a battle between Chris Sanders, Danny Blakeley and Jamie Dobson for the right to get on the podium.

The Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos had their own race at this round, and 25 took to the line for the racing. Guest rider James Lassu was in a class of his own, and took three very comfortable wins for the victory. Paul Smith had three seconds for runner up, and series leader Chris Hind was third, just getting the better of Jake Moss and Grant Hacking, in a tightly fought finish.

The Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s joined the fun in the sand, and it was George Gough who headed all three races to lead the series. James Shand was runner up in each race to take second, and he was followed by Paul Baldwin with three thirds. Adrian Jessop riding two classes took fourth from Kevin Jewell.

The final class of the day was the CI Sport Inters Twinshocks, and another of the series leaders made it count as David Hopkins on his Husky won two and was second in the final race to win the day. Guest rider Kyle Noble had a good day taking the third race win and second overall, and third was Fyn Townson with his best ride so far. Chris Lambourne got the better of Chris Anderton to take fourth.

The series now moves onto Bevercotes, Notts for round three in two weeks time on on Sunday May 26.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Albert Martindale.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Adam Wilkinson, 4 Simon Bonser, 5 Grant Hacking,

6 Chris Hind.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Melvyn Homer, 2 Adrian Lewis, 3 Mike Allport, 4 Steve Thornton, 5 Adrian Jessop, 6 Paul Wright.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Jimmy Margetson, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Albert Martindale, 5 Luke Hill,

6 Ben James.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Matt Bennett, 2 Jamie Biddulph, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Kyle Godbear, 5 Dave Ellis.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Rob Glynn, 5 Robin Cowgill, 6 Chris Kirkbride.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Dave Watson, 2 Craig Smith, 3 John Iddon, 4 Willie Burgess, 5 Alan Bott, 6 Paul Chiappa.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Jon Wood, 4 Graham Challis, 5 John Newsome, 6 Steve Mitton.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Corey Nemeth, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Matt Wild, 5 Matty Sanders, 6 Jack May.

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Keelan Noble, 2 Steve Hakes, 3 Riley Copeland, 4 Craig Ruck, 5 Steve Hinchliffe, 6 Ashley Smith.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Ogden, 3 Chris Sanders, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Jamie Dobson,

6 Michael Smith.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 James Lassu, 2 Paul Smith, 3 Chris Hind, 4 Jake Moss, 5 Grant Hacking, 6 Craig Marsden.

Partridge Ventilation Pre-83 125’s

1 George Gough, 2 James Shand, 3 Paul Baldwin, 4 Adrian Jessop, 5 Kevin Jewell, 6 Andy Wreford.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 David Hopkins, 2 Kyle Noble, 3 Fyn Townson, 4 Chris Lambourne, 5 Chris Anderton,

6 Timmy Gravener.


Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 1

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Stipers Hill, Polesworth

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

New Kids on the Block

The opening round of the 2019 Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships took place at Polesworth last weekend, as it has done for the last fifteen years. The Cumbria Twinshock Club event was supported by Moto Sports Services from Haydock, and attracted an entry of over 260 eager riders. The club as always ran a very slick event, and had the track watered early to avoid dust, which worked a treat, although the old quarry began to show its core by the end of the days racing. The 24 race programme ran like clockwork, with only one mishap as local Inters rider Jamie Lawrence ended his day with a visit to A&E. Get well soon Jamie.

There were a whole host of riders new to the series, and several of them ended up on the various podiums, seeing a changing of the old guard.

First up were the Wulfsport Experts, who race alongside the Falcon Shock 250’s and the MRH 125 twinshocks. And it was former speedway star Matt Williamson, who had a dream debut, winning the first experts race from Jimmy Margetson and Barry Turnbull. But it was overall winner Jimmy Margetson, who then took control, reeling off two race wins, beating Williamson by seven points to take it. Third place went to another new rider, with Bryn Clarke squeezing everything out of his Maico to just pip Luke Hill on the PDS Triumph on a tie break. Ben Margetson took fifth with three very consistent rides.

Andy Hinchliffe was on fire on the little Honda, and took three wins in the 125’s, to take overall victory, beating two former champions John Davis and Matt Rudd. Mark Burrows and Robin Cowgill battled to fourth and fifth.

Stevie Denton returned to the fray for another season in the 250’s, and took the first two wins and a second to win the class. Jim Shand was second after winning the final race. And Matt Bennetts move from the Inters proved successful after he took the final podium step. Steve Riley just got the beating of Dave Ellis by a single point to take fourth.

Irelands Willie Burgess started where he left off last year, by dominating the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class, and took three unchallenged wins for the overall. Alan Bott went 4-3-2 for a great second place, and but for a last race off, Tim Sabine may well have improved on his third place after a third and second in the first two motos. Paul Lippitt blasted his big four stroke into fourth just in front of Andy Holland.

There was a good showing in the Over 60’s races, and Wayne Le Marquand was the man to beat, as he reeled off a trio of wins. Norman Emery was back in the saddle, and was well pleased with runner up. Alan Hambridge took third from Jon Wood and Alan Hardy.

In the MRH Consultants 125 Evo class, reigning champion Shane Holmes looked to be in control of things as he raced to the first two wins, but machine problems left him empty handed. Up stepped Andy Lawton who won the overall with a 3-2-2 scorecard, to lead the series. Lee Holland battled away in the super fast class, and took the runner up berth, with Jack May, David Blackburn, and Holmes taking the final silverware.

The Black Art Tuning Clubman class saw some really close racing, especially in race one as Mark Gardner beat Lucy Tilzey by 0.3 of a second. But after that Lucy made no mistakes, and secured two fine wins to win the class and with it, take the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Gardner stayed top three all day and took runner up, and Steve Hakes was another rider who stepped it up to take third, from Danny Braddick and Chris Reynolds.

The final twinshock class was the CI Sport Inters, and another man at the top of his game was David Hopkins on the Husky, taking all three victories to win. His nearest challenger was Ben Weaver in second with a couple of second places, just seeing off Carl Hodgson on a tie break. Chris Lambourne and Ben Braddick filled fourth and fifth.

The Woodys Vintage Honda Evo Open class saw Barry Turnbull, finally getting to grips with things, and although he finished a lowly fourth in race one, he managed to claw it back with two victories to win the class by a single point from Matt Williamson who won race one. Jamie Dobson took his big Kawasaki to third, from Chris Sanders. Shane Holmes had posted two seconds, but a DNF in race three left him in fifth.

The all new Mauds Café Super Evo Class took to the line, with Chris Hind winning the first two, and settling for fourth in race three to take the overall by a single point from third race winner Jake Moss in second. Tom Holland took third place from Sam Vickers and Lee Harris.

The full line up of riders in the Hazport Vets Modern Over 40’s certainly woke the village up as they blasted off up the start straight, but it was two stroke Yamaha mounted Danny Blakeley who won the overall with two race wins and a fourth place. He had some close battles, and none better than with third race winner Simon Bonser, who had to battle through the pack to get on terms. Blakeley takes a seven point lead over Bonser to Hawkstone for the next round. Jon McBrides debut in the Vets was a revelation and he took a great third overall. Fourth went to Grant Hacking, who led quite a few laps on the day but just couldn’t hold off the leaders on the final laps. Top of the Over 50 Vets Modern went to Nev King, another debutant, with Gary Henson and Mark Spruce in second and third.

The West Mids Evo Pre-85’s all set off together, and Jonathan Tapp seems to be the man to beat, although Jordan Davies did beat him in the final race. Matt Hitchman was also up there on the four stroke and it made for some good racing. When the dust had settled, the overall winners were Hitchman, Jake Chamberlain, Dean Warren and Jonathan Tapp.

The second round is the Matt Murphy Memorial event at Hawkstone Park on Saturday May 4.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Lucy Tilzey

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Matt Williamson, 3 Bryn Clarke, 4 Luke Hill, 5 Ben Margetson, 6 Barry Turnbull.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Stevie Denton, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Matt Bennett, 4 Steve Riley, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Russ Hartill.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 John Davis, 3 Matt Rudd, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Robin Cowgill, 6 Jason Herring.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Paul Lippitt, 5 Andy Holland, 6 Pete Williamson.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Norman Emery, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Jon Wood, 5 Alan Hardy,

6 Chris Smejkal.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Jack May, 4 David Blackburn, 5 Shane Holmes, 6 Richard Sharp.

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Lucy Tilzey, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Steve Hakes, 4 Danny Braddick, 5 Chris Reynolds, 6 Paul Spencer.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 David Hopkins, 2 Ben Weaver, 3 Carl Hodgson, 4 Chris Lambourne, 5 Ben Braddick,

6 Mark Lakeland.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Matt Williamson, 3 Jamie Dobson, 4 Chris Sanders, 5 Shane Holmes,

6 Jamie Simpson.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 Chris Hind, 2 Jake Moss, 3 Brett Revell, 4 Lee Brown, 5 Tom Holland, 6 Sam Vickers.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Simon Bonser, 3 Jon McBride, 4 Grant Hacking, 5 Darren Dobson,

6 Nev King.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Nev King, 2 Gary Henson, 3 Mark Spruce, 4 Mike Allport, 5 Adrian Lewis, 6 Mark Bowden.

West Midland Evos 125’s

1 Jake Chamberlain, 2 Zac Hackett, 3 Jacob Griffiths, 4 James Hudson, 5 Kane Winstone,

6 Jordan Hands.

West Midland Evos 250’s

1 Dean Warren, 2 Steve Gray, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Dan Woodman, 5 Steve Chamberlain,

6 Jonathan Smith.

West Midland Evos 500

1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Jordan Davies, 3 Kevin Reed, 4 Stephen Sparrow, 5 James Reeves,

6 Nathan Smith.


Update news from Geoff

I have to admit to being totally downhearted following the cancellation at Pontrilas, but the comments I have read over the last couple of weeks have put things into perspective, and made me feel a lot better. That’s what this sport does to you. Down one minute and back up the next. What a great bunch of people you all are, we are one special family with the best riders, supporters, clubs, sponsors, marshals, medics, commentators, photographers and helpers. Please spare a thought for Darren, Richard, Chris and Russ who had to dismantle the track, before making the 200 mile journey home. And Heather and Chloe had to make refunds to the 140 riders who entered, which is no easy task. Well done guys.

I hope to see as many of you as possible at the Moat House, Stoke on Saturday October 20th for the presentation, for which I will need your menus ASAP. Everyone is welcome, whether you have won or not, and the AGM is at 4pm before the meal where we discuss classes and dates for 2019. Please let us know if you can’t make it and we will put your trophies to one side.

Here is the list of trophy winners this year;

LPE Clubman (Upgrades based on lap times during the season)

1 David Taylor 408 (Upgraded)

2 Timmy Gravener 400 (Upgraded)

3 Luke Freudenau 331

4 Mark Lakeland 278 (Upgraded)

5 Kevin Hall 236

6 Ashley Smith 227

CI Sport Inters

1 Kyle Godbear 364

2 Jem Parker 320

3 Mathew Bennett 271

4 Sean Burrows 232

5 James Cowgill 230

6 Mitch Hughes 205

Over 40 Champion Jem Parker

Four Stroke Champion Sean Burrows

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull 469

2 Michael Smith 413 (4 wins)

3 Ben Margetson 413 (1 win)

4 Jamie Biddulph 304

5 Jon McBride 297

6 Jimmy Margetson 139

Falcon Shocks 250

Jamie Biddulph.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess 420

2 Gary Parker 415

3 Tim Sabine 341

4 Andy Holland

5 Alan Bott 268

6 Pete Mathia 232

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s

1 Martin Snape 466

2 Alan Hambridge 401

3 Wayne Le Marquand 335

4 Steve Mitton 254

5 Alan Hardy 227

6 Ray Hodgkins 134

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd 452

2 John Davis 438

3 Steve Riley 308

4 Robin Cowgill 303

5 Jason Slater 273

6 Mark Burrows 188

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Shane Holmes 448

2 Andy Lawton 438

3 Nathan Marsden 394

4 Lee Holland 269

5 Jack May 259

6 Jake Moss 242

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Richard Chinn 450

2 Danny Blakeley 462

3 Adam Wilkinson 350

4 Grant Hacking 257

5 Darren Dobson 253

6 Thurlow Bone 222

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Marc Spruce 244

2 Steve Ward 243

3 Dave Clayborn 126

4 Mark Bowden 66

5 Daran Williams 44

6 Neil Smith 36

Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Barry Turnbull 481

2 Michael Ogden 337

3 Michael Smith 327

4 Rian Warren 292

5 Dan Shepherd 273

6 Conor Smith 249

Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Best 250

Rian Warren

Twinshock Hall of Fame

To be announced on the night


Round 6 – Hawkstone Park

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 6

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park Festival of Legends

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

If you are into your nostalgia, the place to be last weekend was the iconic Hawkstone Park,

where the Cumbria Twinshock Club pulled off the third edition of their Festival of Legends.

And there was an interesting comment on social media that asked, in which other sport could you

be stood chatting with former World or British Champions, who are without the big egos that

are the norm nowadays. Well this was the case over the weekend as riders and spectators mingled

with 1981 250 World Champion Neil Hudson, and British Champions Freddie Mayes, Alan

Clough, Roger Harvey, Pete Mathia, Perry Leask and Neil Prince. Invited guests arrived on the

Sunday and were greeted by Jack Burnicle, in the Putoline VIP hospitality unit provided by Rob

Wainwright. The superb interval interviews with Jack drew a rather large audience, who were

kept entertained by stories of bygone days, with Cloughy and Freddie discussing their 250 British

Championship wins in the 60’s, and how the forms of transport to the events have changed

dramatically, and especially how they had to make ends meet back in the day.

Neil Hudson spoke of his 1981 World title, and his victory at Hawkstone in the 250 GP,

and his reply to Jack, when asked where he kept all his trophies was, ‘They are in my garage,

gathering dust, although the USA GP one is a bit special so that is kept indoors’.

Back in the 70’s and 80’s, Jack was covering all the GP’s for TMX, so had to get there

any way he could, so had to thumb lifts with a lot of the riders, and it was great to hear some of

the stories of his exploits with Andy Ainsworth, Harvey and Mathia. And it was good to see one

of the original TMX staffers, Dave Dewhurst who was over visiting family, and made the

pilgrimage to the Festival, saying ‘What a treat to see all these old faces from the past. A truly

special event’. And among the fifteen former AMCA and IMBA Champions, was Robert

Bentham, who said ‘How good is this, I have met people I haven’t seen for thirty years.’

Former Leask Husky rider Alan Clarke told of the days he worked on Saturday night down the

mines, before travelling to an event, and paid tribute to the professionalism of Jacks

commentaries and knowledge of all the disciplines of the sport he covers. Alan said ‘It is still

the best sport in the World, and I absolutely love coming to these events, and long may it

continue’. Perry Leask spoke of his six British Four Stroke titles and growing up knowing all the

riders who rode for his father, and Dave Tomasik told of his love for the KTM bikes that almost

won him the British Championship in 1980, just losing out to Geoff Mayes. Chris Ginn travelled

up with Freddie, and spoke about his days on Suzuki and CZ, and his friendship with Dave

Bickers. Finally, Jack presented Dick Clayton and Terry ‘Sylvia’ Silvester, with a pair of prints of

them taken back in the 60’s. Andy and Ken Nurden spoke of the days the South West was the hot

spot for four stroke racing doing the Haynes series.

If that wasn’t enough, following the interviews, the mini parade laps got a bit tasty,

with Robert Bentham setting the fastest laps in a battle with Craig Hacking.

Race Report

The Festival of Legends at Hawkstone Park, once again had two top days of Toughsheet and

West Mids Evo racing, supported by KAIS Suspension, with the track in superb condition, and

well prepped by the Salop Club. The famous hill was used, which was a bonus for the 260 riders

who made the pilgrimage to the Shropshire circuit, for the Cumbria Twinshock event. There were

three blocks of racing on Saturday, and two on Sunday, so there was plenty of racing to keep the

large crowd entertained.

Gary Parker dominated the Moto X Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class, but a broken carb

circlip prevented him taking all five victories, and the subsequent DNF, handed the overall

victory to Irelands Willie Burgess, who was presented with the Frank Mercer Memorial Trophy.

Pete Mathia, in his 50th year of competition. on his home turf rode both days, taking a great third

overall, just in front of Alan Bott and Tim Sabine.

Martin Snape won the Over 60 class with four wins, with his main rival Wayne Le Marquand

absent due to injury. Alan Hambridge won one race, which helped him to the runner up spot from

Davie Robb and Steve Mitton. And the Twinshock founder Alan Hardy had three thirds on the


As usual some of the best racing was reserved for the MRH Consultants 125 Evolution class,

with the top six riders all disputing the lead throughout the five races. Andy Lawton eventually

came out on top by finishing in the top three each time, and a first race win. Shane Holmes

fought his way to the front in every race, winning four out of five, but a DNF in race one meant

he had to settle for second. Third was Nathan Marsden, despite a really nasty high side over the

table top before the Hawk bridge. Jack May took fourth from David Blackburn.

Barry Turnbull was once again in a class of his own in the Wulfsport Experts, as he took four

race wins, with just a machine problem, in race four preventing the clean sweep. Ben Margetson

tried all he could to keep on Barry’s tail, but had to settle for second. Michael Smith took third,

helped by winning race four. Next was Jamie Biddulph on his 250 Maico, from Jon McBride.

Matt Rudd was locked in combat with John Davis in every MRH 125 Twinshock race, but took

two race wins which gave him the overall. Jason Slater was second, just beating Davis, who had

three wins and a DNF in third.

Rick Du Feu showed he has lost none of his class and speed in the Hazport Vets races, and took

all five victories. Danny Blakeley rode very consistently in second, with Richard Chinn taking

third. Adam Wilkinson took fourth from a battered and bruised Simon Bonser.

There were some frantic battles at the front of the LPE Clubman class, as the lead changed hands

almost every lap of every race. But it was Mark Lakeland who eventually dominated, with five

race wins. Series leader David Taylor took second from his main rival Timmy Gravener. Riley

Copeland had his best result of the season in fourth in front of Luke Freudenau.

David Hopkins took his Husky to four wins and the overall victory in the CI Sport Inters class.

Chris Lambourne won race one and that helped him to second, with James Cowgill in third.

An extra modern class was added to the programme, and Ryan Morris enjoyed his weekend to

take the top step with three wins from four, Robert Johnson took second and Peter Hamblett was


The speed of the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class was amazing as Howard Wainwright

absolutely blitzed the opposition in every race, but a DNF in race two, gifted the overall to a

delighted Barry Turnbull. Michael Ogden took race two which helped him to third overall from

Michael Samith and Rian Warren.

The Super Evos was well supported, with some class riders, and Micky Eccles on the John

Newsome bike was another who nailed every race to take the win. James Lassu enjoyed the

experience as well taking second.

The final class was the West Midlands Pre-85 Evo classes, and with them all racing together,

it made for really close racing. James Hudson won the 125 class from Zac Hackett. Matt

Hitchman got the better of Mitch Griffin in the four strokes, Chris Jones won the 250 class, and

Jonathan Tapp took the 500’s.

The final round will be hosted by Cumbria Twinshock at Howton Court, Pontrilas over the weekend of September 22-23.

Frank Mercer Memorial Trophy – Willie Burgess

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – David Hopkins

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Pete Mathia, 4 Alan Bott, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Craig Holmes.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s

1 Martin Snape, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Davie Robb, 4 Steve Mitton, 5 Andrew Savage,

6 Martin Savage.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Nathan Marsden, 4 Jack May, 5 David Blackburn,

6 Alec Everitt.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Ben Margetson, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Jamie Biddulph (Best Falcon Shocks 250), 5 Jon McBride.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Jason Slater, 3 John Davis, 4 Robin Cowgill, 5 Steve Riley, 6 Jason Herring.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Rick Du Feu, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Richard Chinn, 4 Adam Wilkinson, 5 Simon Bonser,

6 Gran Hacking.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Steve Ward, 2 Nev King, 3 Rob Lewis, 4 Adrian Lewis, 5 Mark Spruce, 6 Rob Glynn.

CI Sport Inters

1 David Hopkins, 2 Chris Lambourne, 3 Jsames Cowgill, 4 Brian Littler, 5 Kyle Godbear,

6 Steve Morgan.

LPE Clubman

1 Mark Lakeland, 2 David Taylor, 3 Timmy Gravener, 4 Riley Copeland, 5 Luke Freudenau,

6 Mark Gardner.

Modern Class

1 Ryan Morris, 2 Robert Johnson, 3 Peter Hamblett, 4 Bradley Harrison, 5 Jimmy Margetson, 6 Craig Reynolds.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Howard Wainwright, 3 Michael Ogden, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Rian Warren, 6 Dan Shepherd.

Super Evos

1 Mickey Eccles, 2 James Lassu, 3 Darryl Hall, 4 Taylor Baton, 5 Derek Reed, 6 Glen Whitlock.

West Mids Evos 125

1 James Hudson, 2 Zac Hackett, 3 Dean Eggleton, 4 James Shand.

West Mids Evos 250

1 Chris Jones, 2 Jacob Griffiths, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Liam Hunt, 5 Jonathan Smith, 6 Nick Peyton.

West Mids Evos 500

1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Scott Reed, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 Louis Hamer, 5 Ryan Griffiths.

West Mids Evos Four Stroke

1 Matt Hitchman, 2 Mitch Griffin, 3 Neil Williams.