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.

 
24
Apr

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.