9
Sep

Round 6 – Hawkstone Park

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 6

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Hawkstone Park Festival of Legends

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

spot for four stroke racing doing the Haynes series.

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

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

Race Report

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

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

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

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

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

large crowd entertained.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

three wins and a DNF in third.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

third.

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

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

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

Michael Samith and Rian Warren.

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

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

experience as well taking second.

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

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

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

Jonathan Tapp took the 500’s.

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

Frank Mercer Memorial Trophy – Willie Burgess

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – David Hopkins

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s

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

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s

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

6 Martin Savage.

MRH Consultants 125 Evolution

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

6 Alec Everitt.

Wulfsport Experts

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

MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock

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

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

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

6 Gran Hacking.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

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

CI Sport Inters

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

6 Steve Morgan.

LPE Clubman

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

6 Mark Gardner.

Modern Class

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

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution

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

Super Evos

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

West Mids Evos 125

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

West Mids Evos 250

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

West Mids Evos 500

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

West Mids Evos Four Stroke

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

 

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