9
May

Hawkstone Park – Round 2

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Matt Murphy Memorial Meeting

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Raymond Thomson & Tracy Allport

The Matt Murphy Memorial and second round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock championships took place at the World famous Hawkstone Park last Saturday, superbly organised by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, and supported by 2 Wheel Motion. With another full house of over 250 riders eager to tackle the tough demanding circuit, they were welcomed by the news that the hill was in, after the Salop club had deposited over 600 tons of clay at the top, and it was then game on, in front of the cameras from Front Runner TV.

Unfortunately, there was an accident in the opening MRH Consultants 125 race, with unlucky Matt Rudd sustaining a nasty leg injury needing medical assistance, for which we wish him well in his recovery.

The race restarted, and it was the Steve Clitheroe Honda team duo of Andy Lawton and Jacob Joyce who set the pace all day. Lawton took the first win, and Joyce the next two to claim the overall by five points from Lawton. David Blackburn was right up with the leading pair all day, but had to settle for third, from round one winner John Butler, and Jonno White.

In the 125 Twinshocks, young Howard Wainwright was in a class of his own as he stormed to three faultless wins to take the top step. Series leader John Davis finished second to Wainwright in all three to take the runner up spot, with Mark Burrows in third, enjoying the smaller capacity class.

In the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class, there were some real dices up at the sharp end, but Scotlands Gavin Robertson came through on his Honda 250 to take all three wins. But Gavin was pushed hard all the way, by former GP runner and fellow Scot David Campbell who took a hard earned second overall. Jamie Dobson rode well, and just pipped Danny Blakeley for third by a single point. Reigning champion Conor Smith took fifth.

The MD Racing Over 50’s was a straight shoot out between Irelands Willie Burgess and Gary Parker. The first race went to Burgess, after Parker DNF’d with a blown head gasket. Parker beat Burgess in race two, then Parker made an error in the all important third race whilst leading, allowing Burgess to take full advantage to win, and took the overall to extend his series lead.

Second place went to Pete Mathia who went 2-3-4, with Alan Bott third, from Parker and Tim Sabine.

In the Over 60’s Graham Challis continued where he left off at Polesworth, with two wins and a second to beat third race winner Martin Snape by five points. Last years champion Alan Hambridge took third from Trevor Davis and CI Sports Stuart Miller.

In the LPE Clubman class, it was a fitting victory for the Murphy family, as Shaun Murphy took three excellent victories and also take home the Matt Murphy Memorial Trophy for his endeavours. Jake Veitch was Shaun’s nearest challenger, who took three seconds. Robert Francom took third, edging out Gavin Cole and evergreen Simon Bentley. Changes are afoot though, as the top four Clubmen are about to be upgraded, as they were faster than the top Inter riders. Special mention must go to Lucy Tilzey who had two top six finishes, for which she was rewarded with the Martindale’s Rider of the Meeting award.

The Hazport Vets class was dominated by Danny Blakeley, who secured three victories to extend his series lead. Jonno White was next home in second overall, with fast gating Laurence Wiltshire taking a second in the last race for third overall. Ewan Johnston was fourth, and new to the series Martin Gregory in fifth.

Event sponsor Mike Allport took the Hazport Vets Over 50’s class, enjoying a victory over former GP Legend Irishman Laurence Spence in a fine second, just in front of Steve Rowlands in third.

The Wulfsport Experts saw the fastest lap of the day ridden by Jamie Jackson on the big Maico, and after disposing of early leader Barry Turnbull on the JR Racing Honda, he rode faultlessly to take all three wins on the day. Turnbull took three seconds, with former Champion Michael Smith in third on the Sourbutts Maico. David Campbell took fourth in front of YVMX Honda team mate Lee Holland. Elliot Stones was next in sixth place.

The CI Sport Inters class had three different winners, with Sam Oliver winning the first race.

Then James Graham came into his own to win the second, and Stephen Miller the third.

But it was Graham who took the overall, from a rejuvenated Dom Bratt, who took his career best result in second. Chris Anderton beat Dan Hardy and Stephen Miller for third by just two points at the end of the day.

The next round is at The Butts, Ashover, Derbyshire on May 21.

Matt Murphy Memorial Trophy – Shaun Murphy.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Lucy Tilzey.

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

1 Howard Wainwright, 2 John Davis, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Steve Riley, 5 Andrew Robinson,

6 Dave Ellis.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

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

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

1 Gavin Robertson, 2 David Campbell, 3 Jamie Dobson, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Conor Smith,

6 Lewis Belfield.

MD Racing Over 50’s

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

MD Racing Over 60’s

1 Graham Challis, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Trevor Davis, 5 Stuart Miller,

6 Phil Wilkes.

LPE Clubman

1 Shaun Murphy, 2 Jake Veitch, 3 Robert Francom, 4 Gavin Cole, 5 Simon Bentley,

6 Peter Maxwell.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Laurence Wiltshire, 4 Ewan Johnston, 5 Martin Gregory, 6 Paul Groom.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mike Allport, 2 Laurence Spence, 3 Steve Rowlands, 4 Phil Daley, 5 John Eardley,

6 Mark Bowden.

Wulfsport Experts

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

6 Elliot Stones.

Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.

CI Sport Inters

1 James Graham, 2 Dom Bratt, 3 Chris Anderton, 4 Dan Hardy, 5 Stephen Miller, 6 Brendan Rowett.

 

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