National Twinshock ‘EVENT REPORTS’

7
Sep

Round 6 – Culham

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 6 Finale

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Culham, Oxon.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

Well what a weekend it was for the Festival of Legends and final round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at the new venue of Culham in Oxfordshire. Hosted superbly by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, who took on the massive task of inviting all of the guests and running the five blocks of races over a sweltering weekend in thirty degrees heat, and the event was supported by KAIS Suspension.

The invited guests were interviewed by Jack Burnicle during the Monday afternoon interval, and he did a great job of coaxing the stories out of the likes of Badger Goss, Neil Hudson, Dave Watson, Rob Hooper, Rob Andrews, Ivan Miller, Alan Clarke, Roger Garrett, Dave Grant, Steve How, Russ Jarman, Les Lloyd, John May, and many more, which were appreciated by the large crowd. Sam Slythe made a cameo appearance with Ken Sourbutts, after which they all received commemorative medals. Sometimes you have to revel in Nostalgia, and there were a lot of spectators who reminisced with the guests over the course of the day, looking back on the achievements of these riders who gave us so much enjoyment back in the 70’s and 80’s.

The racing was over two days and the Evo 125 boys came to the line first, and although it was a small line up, the racing was fast and furious, and the wins were shared between Corey Nemeth and Shane Holmes, with Nemeth taking the overall victory. Holmes took second, but lost the title to Andy Lawton on the Steve Clitheroe Honda, after he took third overall from Matty Sanders and David Blackburn.

The Inters Twinshock saw new champion David Hopkins win the first four races, but a last race no show, left the overall victory to a very consistent Jake Veitch. Hopkins was second, and then young Aaron Moore took his best result in third. Steve Morgan beat close buddy Chris Anderton by a couple of points to take fourth.

In the Evo Open there were four different winners, but after five races it was Matt Williamson who took the overall, and the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award, helped by his two wins. First race winner Michael Ogden celebrated his return taking second place. And then it was Jamie Dobson in third, who went into the final race level with Barry Turnbull in the championship, but a DNF for Barry left Jamie with a well deserved title. Gary Davies took fourth after two wins on the Sunday. Dan Shepherd took fifth, and also ends up as best 250 rider over the season.

Dave Campbell was out riding in the Super Evo class in preparation for Farleigh, and ended up with the win by three points from Paul Smith, with Lee Martin in third.. Neville Bradshaw, who only raced on the Sunday took all three wins to take fourth overall.

Lucy Tilzey finally realised her dream, and took the Clubman Championship after her overall victory. And Riley Copeland, who gets better each week, won two races to take second. Danny Braddick was third, just a point behind Riley, from Simon Young and Andre Kerry.

The Vets Over 40’s saw Ryan Voase win five straight races at a canter as he showed his obvious class, but Rick Du-Feu wasn’t too far behind in second each time. Adam Wilkinson had his best result of the season in third on the 250, just beating Simon Bonser and Steve Gesnor. New champion Danny Blakeley seized his bike in race two, but had already wrapped up the title at the previous round.

The Over 50 winner was Lance Marshall, who came home in front of Rob Lewis and new champion Marc Spruce.

Next up were the Wulfsport Experts, and another rider realised his dream by becoming the new National Twinshock Champion, and that rider was Jimmy Margetson, who now carries the number one plate. He didn’t quite have it all his own way as brother Ben and Barry Turnbull won a race apiece. Andy Hinchliffe though worked miracles on the little 125 to take second from Michael Smith, Turnbull and Ben Margetson.

Andy Hinchliffe took the 125 Twinshock title, winning four of the five races, with fifth race winner Matt Rudd in second and Mark Burrows third.

The 250 class was won by Jamie Biddulph, who won all five races from Jim Shand and Kyle Godbear.

The Over 50 Twinshock class saw some great battles between former British Champion Dave Watson and fellow Irishman Willie Burgess. Dave Watson on the Suzuki took three wins but a broken rear wheel stopped him winning the final race. Burgess took the overall and the championship by winning the other two races to take his third consecutive title. Alan Bott ended up with second overall, from Watson, Tim Sabine and Gary Craddock.

The Over 60’s class saw Wayne Le Marquand win the overall and the title as he won three from five. His nearest challenger was Pat Rowe, who won two races to take second from Martin Sanpe and Alan Hambridge.

The West Mids Evos riders only rode the Monday, and the 125 and 250 classes were won by Dave Frampton and Jim Shand.

The Annual Presentation of awards will take place at the Moat House Hotel, Stoke on Saturday October 19th.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – MattWilliamson.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Andy Lawton, 4 Matty Sanders, 5 David Blackburn,

6 Tim Thornton.

West Mids Evos 125 1 Dave Frampton, 2 Dean Eggleton. 250 1 Jim Shand, 2 Nigel Green,

3 Mark James.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Jake Veitch, 2 David Hopkins, 3 Aaron Moore, 4 Steve Morgan, 5 Chris Anderton,

6 Chris Lambourne.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Matt Williamson, 2 Michael Ogden, 3 Jamie Dobson, 4 Gary Davies, 5 Dan Shepherd,

6 Michael Smith.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 Dave Campbell, 2 Paul Smith, 3 Lee Martin, 4 Neville Bradshaw, 5 Gareth Morgans, 6 Jake Moss.

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Lucy Tilzey, 2 Riley Copeland, 3 Danny Braddick, 4 Simon Young, 5 Andre Kerry, 6 Steve Hinchliffe.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Ryan Voase, 2 Rick Du-Feu, 3Adam Wilkinson, 4 Simon Bonser, 5 Steve Gesner, 6 Paul Ferguson.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Lance Marshall, 2 Rob Lewis, 3 Marc Spruce.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Andy Hinchliffe, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Barry Turnbull, 5 Ben Margetson, 6 Jamie Biddulph.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Jamie Biddulph, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Kyle Godbear.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

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

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Tim Sabine, 5 Gary raddock, 6 Pete Williamson.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Pat Rowe, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Alan Hambridge, 5 Jon Wood,

6 Graham Challis.

 
5
Aug

Round 5 – Pontrilas

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Pontrilas, Hereford

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

Well what a superb weekend of racing it was for round five of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Chsmpionships at Pontrilas, hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club. While everyone else was being rained off, the sun was out all weekend, and the club worked hard with the watering and grading, to keep the dust at bay on the long hillside track just south of Hereford. The event was supported by Phil Denton Engineering and over 170 riders, turned out for the 21 race programme each day.

At this round the Black Art Tuning Clubman class were first out, and over the two days it was Danny Braddick who took the overall victory, in a very close class, but it was his three wins on the Sunday that gave him the edge. Riley Copeland took second, and finished top three in all the races and had a single win on the first day. Series leader Lucy Tilzey was third, winning two races, with Ashley Smith in fourth, just in front of Craig Ruck.

In the CI Sport Inters, it was guest rider Stephen Miller who was victorious, with two wins and four seconds. Second went to David Hopkins, who extends his series lead, after his three wins. Brad Perrett took third, after some great battles with Ben Braddick and Jake Veitch.

Jamie Dobson continued his fine run of form in the Woodys Vintage Honda Evo Open class, and won the overall for the second round running, helped by four wins over the two days. Class leader Barry Turnbull took second overall, and won the other two races, although he was hindered by plenty of bike breakages. Matt Williamson was the other front runner and eventually finished third. Dan Shepherd was again the top 250 runner, taking a fine fourth place, from Michael Smith and Clayton Hogg.

In the Mauds Café Super Evo class, Paul Smith beat Chris Hind to the victory after two hard fought days of racing, with championship leader Jake Moss in third, taking two wins. Saturdays outstanding performance was by Adam Cook who took all three wins, but was only there the one day.

Guest rider Gary Davies was in a class of his own in the Hazport Vets modern class, and took all six wins for overall victory. Danny Blakeley using his two stroke Yamaha, after his Kawasaki broke early doors, took second following Davies home in each leg. Lance Marshall took third, chasing Danny home in each race, and was the top Over 50 rider home. Chris Walker took fourth from Thurlow Bone in fifth, and then Marc Spruce was the next Over 50 rider just in front of Dene Dewing.

The Wulfsport Experts class was dominated by Jimmy Margetson, who almost had a clean sweep of victories, but for a last race fall, He still won by a country mile, and extends his lead in the series. Guest rider Alex Rach was first out on a four stroke Husky, and then reverted to his favoured Dick Do Maico to take second overall, helped by the final race win. Ben Margetson made it a real family affair in third, with Michael Smith in fourth. Barry Turnbull again had machine issues and took fifth.

The MRH 125 Twinshocks was won by Andy Hinchliffe who ended up with a clean sweep, as Pre-83 rider Anthony Twidle was just guesting, and not scoring points over the weekend. Matt Rudd tried his best to keep Andy honest and took second from John Davis and Robin Cowgill.

The Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock class was won by Jim Shand, who took his Yamaha to five out of six wins. Kyle Godbear was second, and Neil Jones took third.

Willie Burgess just seems unbeatable in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class, as he stormed to all six wins. And it was great to see another Gary Murphy Maico rider in second, as Italian rider Massimo Signorin got the hang of the new track, just beating Alan Bott who came third. Tim Sabine took his Suzuki to fourth from Pete Williamson in fifth.

Wayne Le Marquand looks odd on to win the Over 60’s, after another clean sweep of wins. Former champion Alan Hambridge took second, and Jim Simpson had his best result in third, with Graham Challis in fourth.

Some of the fastest times of the day were set by the MRH 125 Evo riders, as Shane Holmes dominated the class, taking five out of six wins to take the silverware home. Series leader Andy Lawton took second overall, and Lee Holland was third, just beating Mason Bell and Steve Gardham.

The West Mids Evo races were nearly all won by Jordan Davies, but a last race DNF, put paid to his chances of the overall. This gifted victory to Jonathan Tapp, who ended up as the top rider. Dean Warren took the 250 class, Jacob Griffiths won the 125’s and Mel Griffin the four strokes, although Matt Hitchman was the dominant force.

All in all a fantastic weekend of vintage racing, topped off with a packed presentation at the end of the day.

The final round of the series is the Festival of Legends, on August 25/26 at a new venue, Culham, near Abingdon, Oxon.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jimmy Margetson.

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Danny Braddick, 2 Riley Copeland, 3 Lucy Tilzey, 4 Ashley Smith, 5 Craig Ruck, 6 Mark Gardner.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Jamie Dobson, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Matt Williamson, 4 Dan Shepherd, 5 Michael Smith, 6 Clayton Hogg.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 Paul Smith, 2 Chris Hind, 3 Jake Moss, 4 Lee Martin, 5 Gareth Morgans, 6 Phil Peaster.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Stephen Miller, 2 David Hopkins, 3 Brad Perrett, 4 Ben Braddick, 5 Jake Veitch, 6 Steve Morgan.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Gary Davies, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Chris Walker, 4 Thurlow Bone, 5 Lee Bingley, 6 John Holmes.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Lance Marshall, 2 Marc Spruce, 3 Dene Dewing, 4 Mark Bowden, 5 Mark Burchell,

6 Paul Wright.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Alex Rach, 3 Ben Margetson, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Barry Turnbull,

6 Andy Hinchliffe.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Jim Shand, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Neil Jones, 4 Jamie Biddulph, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Stevie Denton.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

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

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Massimo Signorin, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Tim Sabine, 5 Pete Williamson, 6 Chris Woodward.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Jim Simpson, 4 Graham Challis, 5 Martin Snape, 6 Stephen Penson.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

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

West Mids Evos 125

1 Jacob Griffiths, 2 Zac Hackett, 3 Dave Frampton, 4 Dean Eggleton, 5 Jake Chamberlain, 6 Paul Mansell.

West Mids Evos 250

1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Sam Russell, 4 Neil Sutton, 5 Paul Parson, 6 Nathan Larcombe.

West Mids Evos 500

1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Nathan Smith, 3 Jordan Davis, 4 Vince Larcombe, 5 John Gerrish, 6 Scott Reed.

West Mids Evos 4 Stroke

1 Mel Griffin, 2 Matt Hitchman.

 
5
Aug

Round 4 – Astbury

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 4

Lancashire Twinshock Club

Astbury, Cheshire

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The rearranged fourth round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock championships, took place at Astbury last weekend hosted by the Lancashire Twinshock Club, and supported by JAG Electrical (James Grieve). And the club should be applauded for rearranging, and having found a little twinshock gem of a track, as the 140 riders all thought the venue was superb, after extensive watering made it grippy and very fast, and the club ran a very enjoyable and slickly run 21 race meeting in the sunshine.

The event also incorporated the Frank Mercer Memorial, in memory of Dougi and Johns father who was a real supporter of the Twinshock scene, and the massive trophy was presented to Lucy Tilzey at a packed presentation, after she dominated the Clubman(Clubperson) class, to become the first lady rider ever, to win three National Twinshock races.

The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class was first to the line this week, and there were some real battles at the front with Jamie Dobson, Corey Nemeth, Matt Williamson and Danny Blakeley all getting in the mix. Dobson took two wins and a third on the Kawasdaki, on his way to the overall victory, and with it took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Nemeth took second overall with a second race win and two seconds, Blakeley was third, and Barry Turnbull took fourth to hold onto his championship lead. Dan Shepherd was delighted with fifth on his 250 Yamaha.

The Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos was dominated by Jake Moss who took all three wins, each time from runner up Lee Martin. Gareth Morgans was third just in front of Jake Veitch.

Championship leader David Hopkins managed all three wins on his Husky, in the CI Sport Inters Twinshock class, and his nearest challenger was Ben Braddick, who took a second and two thirds on the Honda. Third went to a very fast charging Aaron Moore, with Chris Lambourne and Brad Perrett also in the silverware.

The Hazport Vets Modern Over 40 riders set a relentless pace on the fast course, and although each race had a different pace setter, former IMBA Champion Rick Du-Feu, came through the pack to take all three wins for first overall. Danny Blakeley just pipped Simon Bonser for second, after three epic races which saw them swap places in each race. Thurlow Bone had some work to do, racing through the field to improve in every race, and took fourth from Paul Bethell, who also worked his way onto the leaderboard in fifth.

In the Over 50 Vets, Marc Spruce was the man to beat, and had his best result of the year, beating John Littler by seven points. Dene Dewing Senior also had his best result to date in third.

Jimmy Margetson on his Maico, extended his Championship lead in the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock class, after three very convincing wins, in his bid to take the Number one plate come the end of the season. Luke Hill on the PDS Triumph, kept Jimmy honest in the final race, but Margetson managed the situation. Hill took second, with Ben Margetson battling his way through to third. Albert Martindale continued his fine run of form in fourth, from Lancashire Club member Michael Smith in fifth. Barry Turnbull had a bit of a stinker to be honest, and will be looking to get fit for the final two rounds to give chase to Margetson.

The MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock class saw Andy Hinchliffe win the overall from Matt Rudd by three points, with his two wins to Matts one. Jason Slater had three good rides, with a first race third being his best finish, beating Rob Glynn on a last race tie break.

There was a low turnout in the Falcon Shock 250 class, but that didn’t bother Stevie Denton, who won the class on a tie break with runner up Jim Shand, but both riders had a win apiece. Jmaie Biddulph was third despite an injury in the final race.

Willie Burgess was once again in a class of his own in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock races, as he won all three by a country mile. Alan Bott raced to the runner up spot, but had to work hard to fend off the Suzuki of Tim Sabine, and only did it on the last race tie break. John Littler was fourth, and Pete Williamson was going well in fifth.

In the Over 60’s we had a new winner this week, as Alan Hambridge on the little red rocket managed two wins and a second to win the class, after Championship leader Wayne Le Marquand had a rear puncture in the final decider, which put him in second. Jon Wood was only a single point behind in third.

The fastest racing of the day was reserved for the MRH Evo 125 class, as the young guns gave the large crowd real value for money. Andy Lawton gets out of the gate every time, and indeed lead every race, but the action going on behind had to be seen to be believed. He had Shane Holmes, Corey Nemeth and Lee Holland snapping at this heels all day, but managed to handle the pressure, to take all three wins for a well-deserved first place. Former AMCA Champion Holmes, just did enough to take second from Nemeth by just a couple of points, with Holland fourth.

Mason Bell was up there too in fifth.

As you have read at the start of the report Lucy Tilzey made history by becoming the first lady to win three Twinshock races in the Black Art Tuning Clubman class, but she had to work hard in all three races to fight her way through the field. In the final race, runner up Danny Braddick was in the lead but a stuck gearbox put paid to his pursuit of a win. Riley Copeland showed a lot of fight to take third, from Simon Young in fourth by a single point. And young Simon Bentley returned to the fray with a fifth.

All in all, a fantastic day where nearly everyone went home with smiles on their faces.

The series now moves onto Pontrilas, Hereford for round five next weekend July 27/28.

Frank Mercer Memorial Trophy – Lucy Tilzey.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jamie Dobson.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Jamie Dobson, 2 Corey Nemeth, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Barry Turnbull, 5 Dan Shepherd,

6 Jamie Simpson.

Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos

1 Jake Moss, 2 Lee Martin, 3 Gareth Morgans, 4 Jake Veitch, 5 Steve Thornton, 6 Ben Knifton.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 David Hopkins, 2 Ben Braddick, 3 Aaron Moore, 4 Chris Lambourne, 5 Brad Perrett,

6 James Cowgill.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Rick Du-Feu, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Simon Bonser, 4 Thurlow Bone, 5 Paul Bethell,

6 John Holmes.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Marc Spruce, 2 John Littler, 3 Dene Dewing, 4 Mark Bowden, 5 Melvyn Homer, 6 Dave Clayborn.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

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

6 Patrick Gilligan.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Steve Denton, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

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

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

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

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Alan Hambridge, 2 Wayne Le Marquand, 3 Jon Wood, 4 Stephen Penson, 5 Stephen Turner,

6 Steve Mitton.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

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

Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock

1 Lucy Tilzey, 2 Danny Braddick, 3 Riley Copeland, 4 Simon Young, 5 Simon Bentley,

6 Andre Kerry.

 
29
May

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Nottingham Twinshock Club

Bevercotes

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.

 
8
May

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.