National Twinshock ‘EVENT REPORTS’

15
May

Round 2 – Hawkstone Park

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Roy Edwards

The Toughsheet National Twinshock championship rolled into Hawkstone Park for round two last weekend,, and incorporated the Matt Murphy Memorial, hosted by Cumbria Twinshock and supported by Zeutschel UK. The Salop club had made a few changes by removing a couple of jumps by the finish area, and the hill was initially used in practice, until the Clubman riders found it too loose and had to be cut out in the interest of safety. Once again the Cumbria crew were blessed with superb warm weather, and the slickly run 21 race programme finished by 5-30.

Riders started the day on the billiard board surface, but obviously by the end there were quite a few retirements as the track roughed up, and quite a few found it just too hard going. But the racing was fast and close, with the Hazport Vets Modern kicking off first, and it was series leader Danny Blakeley who took the class by storm on his 1989 Kawasaki with three wins. His only real challenger was Richard Chinn on the TM, who managed to lead a few laps on his way to second overall. Joe Baston took third with 3-3-2 finishes, and Adam Wilkinson just pipped Darren Dobson for fourth.

Best of the Over 50 Vets was Polesworth winner Mark Spruce enjoying his time mixing it with the Over 40’s, and beat Steve Ward by just two points from Dave Clayborn.

The LPE Clubman class had a few new names on the rostrum, as Chris Lambourne took the overall helped by wins in the last two races. But for a fall by Tim Gravener, it may have been different though as Tim won the first and finished off with a third and a second, coming through the field to secure a bagful of points. Third place went to guest rider Trefor Davies, who pipped fourth place Steve Hakes by just three points. Last year’s Hawkstone winner Luke Freudenau took fifth.

In the Woodys Vintage Honda Evo class, Barry Turnbull, out on his faithful Honda CR500, was in a class of his own, and took all three wins, which must have been helped by his outing at the February International, giving him an advantage. Danny Blakeley was the closest to him in second place, beating the rest of the young guns, with Dan Shepherd matching lap times and really showing some raw speed in third from Jamie Dobson and Joe Ross.

The MotoX Concepts Over 50 and 60 class really found the sandy terrain tough going on Twinshock bikes, but it didn’t seem to bother Gary Parker and Willie Burgess, as they traded blows in each race. Burgess looked to have the better of Parker, but twice had mechanical issues, dropping him out of the points. Parker then left the rest behind, taking the overall victory with two wins and a second. Guest rider John Littler took second place with top three finishes in each race, and Alan Bott fresh back from Glen Helen took third from Tim Sabine and a delighted Kev Smith.

The Over 60’s were understandably depleted, but that didn’t stop Martin Snape, who took a couple of wins and a second place to win the overall. He locked horns with Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand on the HPF Honda all day, and although Wayne won race one he couldn’t match Snapes pace. Alan Hambridge took third from Steve Mitton in fourth.

There were five brave classic riders who took to the line and it was Ben Jones day as he took all three wins from Scott Jones and Ian Fenwick.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evo races produced some fantastic racing, with nothing between the fast starting Andy Lawton and Shane Holmes. And this one went down to the wire, as both riders took a win apiece going into the decider. Lawton got his customary holeshot, and went on to take the race three win and the overall by six seconds from Holmes. Mason Bell in third was not too far behind, and Nathan Marsden just did enough in the third race to squeeze out David Blackburn.

Reigning Wulfsport Experts Champion Barry Turnbull was back out on a Honda for Hawkstone, and left the field behind taking all three wins. His dominance was rewarded at the presentation, as Gary Murphy selected him as the winner of the Matt Murphy Memorial trophy. Ben Margetson was the next best in second with three podium finishes, just doing enough to push Michael Smith into third. Lee Holland, having his first outing of the year on the twinshock took fourth from Irelands Jon McBride.

The MRH 125 Twinshock class saw a new winner as reigning champion John Davis had an off day and Matt Rudd took advantage with some great rides to win the overall and two of the races. Considering Matts injury at Hawkstone last year, it was a superb performance, and he was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award for his efforts. Ever green Robin Cowgill had his best result to date to take second from Mark Burrows in third. Completing the podium were Steve Riley and Dave Ellis.

The final class of the day was the CI Sport Inters Twinshock class, and it was dominated by guest riders the Weavers, with Ben managing to put three consistent rides together to take the overall victory. Jem Parker rode with his head and again consistency was the key, as three top five finishes gave him second from Matt Bennett, David Hopkins and Sam Weaver.

All in all it was a really well organised event, and all the riders are looking forward to round three at Bevercotes, Ollerton on Sunday May 27.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Matt Rudd

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Joe Baston, 4 Adam Wilkinson, 5 Darren Dobson,

6 Grant Hacking.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mark Spruce, 2 Steve Ward, 3 Dave Clayborn, 4 Keith Halliday, 5 Daran Williams.

LPE Clubman

1 Chris Lambourne, 2 Timmy Gravener, 3 Trefor Davies, 4 Steve Hakes, 5 Luke Freudenau,

6 David Taylor.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Dan Shepherd, 4 Jamie Dobson, 5 Joe Ross, 6 Conor Smith.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s

1 Gary Parker, 2 John Littler, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Tim Sabine, 5 Kev Smith, 6 Andy Holland.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s

1 Martin Snape, 2 Wayne Le Marquand, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Steve Mitton.

Classic Class

1 Ben Jones, 2 Scott Jones, 3 Ian Fenwick.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Mason Bell, 4 Nathan Marsden, 5 David Blackburn,

6 Jonno White.

Wulfsport Experts

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Ben Margetson, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Lee Holland, 5 Jon McBride, 6 Jamie Biddulph (Best Falcon Shocks 250).

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Robin Cowgill, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Steve Riley, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 John Davis.

CI Sport Inters

1 Ben Weaver, 2 Jem Parker, 3 Matt Bennett, 4 David Hopkins, 5 Sam Weaver, 6 Kyle Godbear.

 
10
Apr

Round 1 – Polesworth

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 1

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Stipers Hill, Polesworth

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough

The Toughsheet National Twinshock championship opened the doors to the 2018 season, with the first round at Stipers Hill, Polesworth on Sunday, hosted by Cumbria Twinshock and supported by Central Motors Salvage of Derby. The club worked wonders to get the meeting on, ably assisted by Peter Wainwright on the digger, and it was the only meeting in the country to survive the downpours of the week. Once the gloop had been removed, and the bottom section altered, the track was still rough but rideable, and thanks to their efforts to keep the show on the road, over 210 of the 250 entered riders took to the track for practice. The slickly run 24 race programme was finished by 4-30, followed by the presentation of awards by special guest, former World MX Champion Neil Hudson.

The Wulfsport Experts and the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock classes raced together first, and Jimmy Margetson was first out of the gate in all three legs, but his Maico kept throwing the chain, leaving him out of the results. Michael Smith on the Sourbutts Maico reigned supreme, winning the first and third legs to take the overall win, which considering his foot injury last year, was all the more pleasing for him. His nearest challenger was reigning twinshock champion Barry Turnbull, out for the first time on the Marsh HPF Honda four stroke. Barry missed the start of race one, won the second, then came home second to Smith in race three, to take the runner up overall spot. Craig Reynolds had his best result to date in third, and Ben Margetson was also one of the front runners in fourth, from Irelands Jon McBride in fifth.

John Davis started as he finished 2017 in the 125 twinshocks, with three comfortable wins, and only experts Smith and Reynolds beat him in race one. Matt Rudd made a great comeback after his broken leg from last year, and took second overall, and debutant Jason Slater took third on the podium, from Andrew Robinson and Dave Ellis.

The MRH Consultants 125 Evolution class is now the most popular class, and had a full line up of mostly 1989 bikes, and the question was, who was going to stop Andy Lawton on the Steve Clitheroe Honda. Well Lawton led every lap of the first two races, and he was only headed by third race winner Shane Holmes, taking the overall victory by three points. Holmes looks to be a contender though with a 2-3-1 scorecard. Nathan Marsden took third with three top three finishes, in front of Jack May and Andy Hinchliffe. The speed of these guys on the 125’s is amazing and makes for fantastic viewing.

In the MotoX Concepts Over 50 class, Pete Mathia was celebrating 50 years of competition, and it couldn’t have gone better for him, as he took two wins and a second to win the overall. Former East Mids Centre Champion Richard Allen, had his best ever result in the twinshocks to take second overall, and reigning over 50 champion from Ireland, Willie Burgess took third, despite machine problems in race one. Willie did take race three though once he got to grips with the track. Gary Parker returned to the fray to take fourth from Tim Sabine.

There was a good line up of 12 Over 60 riders, swelled by a few who turn 60 this year. And it was the race one action that sealed the deal as Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand on the HPF Honda took the win, with Martin Snape on his new Maico having problems down in fourth. And it looks like these two riders may be the ones to beat this year as Snape took victory in races two and three, from Le Marquand in both. This gave Wayne the overall win by a single point from Snape, with last years champion Graham Challis in third, and class debutant Alan Hardy in fourth.

Carl Hodgson made the long journey from the North East worthwhile, and took victory in the CI Sport Inters class, easily winning race one, and taking two seconds. And Jem Parker out for the first time in years, took his nicely restored Husky to a great second overall with a 2-4- 3 card.

Guest rider Steve Sobey, transferred from the Evo class after a bike failure, and took his Maico to race two and three wins for third overall. Glyn Lawrence had his best result for a while in fourth on his home track, in front of last year’s Clubman champion Mike Tucker.

The LPE Clubman class once again looks wide open with anyone of six riders capable of winning, but it was local rider Martyn Williams who turned out to be the hero, with a barnstorming display on the big CCM. Martyn won the first race, and then consistency took over to give him the overall, and with it took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Mark Gardner had bad luck in race one, before winning the second to take the runner up berth.

Dave Taylor completed the podium in third from Luke Freudenau and Peter Maxwell. It was also great to see Timmy Gravener take his first ever victory in race three.

The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution class were next up, and it was a fast charging Barry Turnbull who showed everyone a clean pair of heels with three wins. Barry didn’t have it all his own way though, as in the first race Danny Blakeley led all the way, until a mistake let Barry through. Then in race three the same happened to an unlucky Michael Ogden. Blakely did manage to salvage second overall, from former champion Michael Smith in third. Conor Smith on the big Kwacker took fourth from Andy Hinchliffe.

There were over 30 riders in the West Mids Evo class for Pre-85 bikes, and in the 125 class Zac Hackett was the man to beat, and he took two wins from three to take top spot on the podium from Sam Russell and James Hudson. The 250 class was taken by Jim Shand, who had a win and two seconds, from last years champion Paul Baldwin and Nick Peyton. But it was the big guns in the 500 class who did the winning, with Jonathan Tapp winning twice to take the victory from first race winner Matt Hitchman and Nathan Smith.

The final class of the day was the Hazport Vets Over 40 class on modern bikes, with a full line up of 40 riders, and it was guest rider Sean Smith who took the victory, after following Danny Blakeley home in race one, Sean managed to win races two and three. Blakeley came home second, and Lance Marshall had some great rides to take third from Richard Chinn and Paul Coward. Mark Spruce won the Over 50 class from Daran Williams and Dave Clayborn.

The next round is the Matt Murphy Memorial event at Hawkstone Park on Saturday May 5.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Martyn Williams

Wulfsport Experts

1 Michael Smith, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Craig Reynolds, 4 Ben Margetson, 5 Jonathan McBride, 6 Lee Buck.

Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Andy Robinson, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Dean Hakes.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Nathan Marsden, 4 Jack May, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Lee Holland.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Richard Allen, 3 Willie Burgess, 4 Gary Parker, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Phil Martindale.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s

1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Graham Challis, 4 Alan Hardy, 5 Alan Hambridge, 6 Ray Hodgkins.

CI Sport Inters

1 Carl Hodgson, 2 Jem Parker, 3 Steve Sobey, 4 Glyn Lawrence, 5 Mike Tucker, 6 Dom Bratt.

LPE Clubman

1 Martyn Williams, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Dave Taylor, 4 Luke Freudenau, 5 Peter Maxwell, 6 Riley Copeland.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Michael Smith, 4 Conor Smith, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,

6 Mitchell Griffin.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Sean Smith, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Lance Marshall, 4 Richard Chinn, 5 Paul Coward, 6 Neil Fort.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mark Spruce, 2 Daran Williams, 3 David Clayborn, 4 Steve Ward.

West Midland Evos 125’s

1 Zac Hackett, 2 Sam Russell, 3 James Hudson, 4 Chris Pritchard, 5 Paul Mansell, 6 Dean Eggleton.

West Midland Evos 250’s

1 Jim Shand, 2 Paul Baldwin, 3 Nick Peyton, 4 Jake Griffiths, 5 Dave Russell, 6 John Smith.

West Midland Evos 500

1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Matt Hitchman, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 James Reeves, 5 Neil Williams, 6 Steve Ryan.

 
27
Sep

Round 7 – Pontrilas

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 7

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Howton Court, Pontrilas

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Julie Riley

The Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championship headed to Pontilas for the seventh and final round of the series last weekend, supported by Phil Denton Engineering, and hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, who ran a first class meeting for the 130 riders, over the two day, 36 race programme, which was finished by three o clock on the Sunday.

The track was prepared superbly by Phil Roberts with just the right amount of grading and watering. Unfortunately there was a couple of nasty injuries, and we wish those riders well in their recovery. All the championship classes were still to be decided over the weekend bar one, which had been wrapped up at an earlier round.

The Wulfsport Experts raced alongside the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock and Evo riders, and it made for some interesting battles. Dave Campbell on the Andy Cleaver Honda, was in a class of his own on Saturday, taking all three wins, but he had to bow to Barry Turnbull on the JR Racing Honda, who only raced on Sunday, when he took two of the three race wins, to clinch his first title, and with it became the 2017 National Twinshock Champion. Campbell won the overall over the weekend, and also took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting. Lee Holland went top three all weekend to take second overall, from Irelands Jon McBride.

Jacob Joyce and Andy Lawton, on the Steve Clitheroe prepped Hondas, took three wins apiece in the 125 Evo class, which meant that Joyce took the title home with him ahead of Lawton. Jonno White took third overall finishing in third in all six motos.

John Davis won all six of his 125 Twinshock races, to retain the title in that class. His nearest challenger was Mark Burrows, who had a few bike issues, but came home second in front of Steve Riley in third.

Irelands Willie Burgess had already wrapped up the MD Racing Over 50 class at Hawkstone, but still gave it his all, with a tremendous six out of six on the Gary Murphy Maico. Alan Bott followed him home in all of the races, and Tim Sabine had one of his best rides in third, from Dave Salkeld and Jerseys Waynwe Le Marquand.

Graham Challis finally fulfilled his ambition, by winning the MD Racing Over 60’s title, but had to give second best to Martin Snape on the day. Snape won four races to Challis’s two. Last year’s champion Alan Hambridge took third from Wullie Brown.

The Hazport Vets class saw a Danny Blakely master class, as he stormed to all six victories on the 1989 Kawasaki 500, to take the title. Mike Allport took second overall, and also the Over 50’s title with his best ride of the season. Thurlow Bone managed to take several holeshots, and got himself into third overall from Lee Jones and Paul Croxon.

The LPE Clubman class saw some of the closest racing with all the riders capable of winning a moto. Mike Tucker went into the weekend trailing series leader Gavin Cole by a single point with Simon Bentley only a handful in arrears. But it was a guest rider, Kyle Godbear who shook things up with first overall and four wins. Mark Gardner rode really strongly to take second, but it was

Mike Tuckers third overall, that eventually clinched the series in the last race, to his delight. Lucy Tilzey took fourth from Gavin Cole.

The CI Sport Inters, saw James Curtis do enough on the Saturday to clinch the crown, which was just as well as he badly injured his shoulder on the Sunday. This left local rider Daran Williams to dominate, and take the overall with three wins on the Sunday. Sean Burrows had his best ride of the season taking second, with several holeshots, and Dom Bratt just took third from Matt Bennett and Kev Bratt.

The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class went down to the final race, as Dave Campbell dominated Saturdays results, but his rival Jamie Dobson took all three wins on Sunday. But at the final reckoning Campbell took the title by only a handful of points from Dobson after a season long battle. Danny Blakeley was in the mix as well taking second overall, and Michael Ogden was fourth.

The West Mids Evo crew joined in the fun, with a full rider line up, and it was Dean Warren who dominated with all six victories. His nearest challenger was Jonathan Tapp who finished second in each race. The 125 class was won by Zac Hackett from James Hudson. Dean Warren won the 250 class from Jim Shand, and the 500 class was won by Jonathan Tapp from Jake Chamberlain.

So what a superb finish to another season of Twinshock racing, and all the riders will bwe back in 2018 to do it all again.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – David Campbell.

Wulfsport Experts

1 David Campbell, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Jon McBride, 4 Jamie Biddulph (Falcon Shocks Best 250), 5 Barry Turnbull, 6 Michael Smith.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

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

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

1 Jacob Joyce, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Jonno White, 4 Jason Slater, 5 Chaz Nichols, 6 Chris Walker.

MD Racing Over 50’s

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Dave Salkeld, 5 Wayne Le Marquand, 6 John Bennett.

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Martin Snape, 2 Graham Challis, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Wullie Brown, 5 Roger Dunford, 6 Bill Brown..

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Thurlow Bone, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Paul Croxon, 6 Jonno White.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mike Allport, 2 Richard Evans, 3 Martin Speak, 4 Chris Rowlands, 5 Mark Tilzey, 6 Neil Smith.

LPE Clubman

1 Kyle Godbear, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Mike Tucker, 4 Lucy Tilzey, 5 Gavin Cole, 6 Stephen Hakes.

CI Sport Inters

1 Daran Williams, 2 Sean Burrows, 3 Dom Bratt, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Kev Bratt, 6 Chris Anderton.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Jamie Dobson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 David Campbell, 4 Michael Ogden, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Mitchell Griffiths.

West Mids Evos 125 Saturday

1 Zac Hackett, 2 James Hudson, 3 Nick Mauger, 4 Sam Russell, 5 Dave Frampton, 6 Paul Mansell.

West Mids Evos 250 Saturday

1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Paul Baldwin, 4 Kevin Butcher, 5 Tom Graves, 6 Nick Payton.

West Mids Evos 500 Saturday

1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Jake Chamberlain, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 Neil Williams, 5 Steve Ryan,

6 Shaun Willis.

WME Western Cider Challenge

1 Dean Warren, 2 Jonathan Tapp, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Jake Chamberlain, 5 Paul Baldwin, 6 Charlie Evans.

 
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.