22
Jun

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3

Cumbria Twinshock Club

The Grange, Tern Hill

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship reached the halfway point at the weekend, when Cumbria Twinshock ran round three at the Grange, near Tern Hill supported by Dave Ellis and DLE Construction. And what a good job they did, in managing to get through all three blocks of racing for the 250 riders, despite the thirty degrees temperatures. It was a much improved and revamped track since the last visit over three years ago, and it was obvious that the track owners Telford MXC Sam and Kenny Warren had done all the right preps, and kept it watered throughout the weekend to keep the inevitable dust at bay.

The first class to the line was a depleted CI Sport Intermediate class, and there were some great battles at the front between Steve Morgan and Dean Gray, taking a win apiece, but in race three a snapped throttle cable put paid to Morgans hopes. This left Gray to take the overall with a third race win. Ryland Jones stepped in as runner up, from Chris Anderton in third, in front of Steve Morgan and Lucy Tilzey, who was last year’s Clubman Champion.

The Hazport Vets class once again had a full line up, and in the Over 40’s it was a straight scrap between Adam Wilkinson and Danny Blakeley, with Adams 150 KTM somehow managing to squeeze every last ounce of power to overcome the big Kawasaki of Blakeleys to take all three victories and was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting decanter for his heroic efforts. Danny came home second, with Simon Bonser in third, just in front of Andy Hinchliffe and Martyn Gregory.

The Over 50’s were mixing it up at the front as well, and it is so tight at the top with Steve Ward battling with Marc Spruce.

Marc managed to get his nose in front by winning the first two races, but a last lap off into the bushes wrecked his day and promoted Steve to the top step on the podium, with a last race win. Mike Allport edged out Anthony Houseman and Rob Lewis for third in tightly contested races.

Brad O’Leary ended the day leading the Wulfsport Experts class, despite having to come from dead last in race one, which was won by Jimmy Margetson. But it was all happening in race two as a massive ten bike pile up at the end of the start straight, took out two leading contenders with both Margetsons involved. Michael Smith had a great day and ended second on the podium with three consistent finishes.

Sam Vickers took third and doing his first event of the year Jamie Biddulph came fourth.

The Falcon Shocks 250 class saw the resumption of the battle between Ryan Ireland and Anthony Twidle, and it was Ireland who took two wins to Twidles one to win the overall, and still lead the title chase. Oliver Dodders had his best finish all year in third, from Wayne Twidle and Jack Mason.

Matt Rudd reigned supreme in the WLB Fitness 125 Twinshocks with three classy wins out of three, and Jason Slater with another personal best position in second. And it was hard to separate Richard Wood and Melvyn Homer all weekend, with Richard just edging it with a better race three score.

Once again some of the fastest races were in the 125 Evo class, and anyone of the top three could have won. Series leader Andy Lawton took two race wins, and combined with a third place, managed to take the spoils. Second went to Scott Mathia with three second places, on a tie break with race two winner Jack May. It was great to watch, and Lewis Parkinson and Tim Gardham were not out of it at any stage in fourth and fifth.

All three of the Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock races were won by Chris Rogerson, who will now move up into the Inters class, after battling with runner up Neil Eastwood all day. Mark Gardner continued his fine run of results in third, after a tie break with Darran Williams in fourth, just a point ahead of James Fugett in fifth.

Willie Burgess continued where he had left off at Bevercotes, with three faultless victories in the Moto X Concepts Over 50’s twinshock class on the Gary Murphy Maico. Kevin Reed tried all he could to close the gap in each race but had to be content with three seconds. Mark Warttig had his best result in third, from Jim Shand and Pete Williamson.

There was an unfortunate accident involving Wayne Le Marquand in the Over 60’s, and we wish him well with his recovery. Following the red flag, it was the ever-green Pete Mathia, who showed all his old skills to comfortably take all three wins. Pat Rowe rode solidly in second, as did Martin Snape in third. Terry Connor was fourth and returning after a lay off was Andy Holland in fifth.

The Woodys Vintage Honda Evo Open class was a cracker as Aaron McLoughlin won his first overall victory, with two wins out of three, but he was chased hard by Dan Shepherd, with three seconds, and only two points separated them at the finish. Barry Turnbull easily won race two to take third but had a crash and a puncture in the other two. Michael Smith took fourth by a point from Danny Blakeley.

The S-N Properties Super Evo class had a good turnout, with debutant Andy Lawton on the Steve Clitheroe Honda, taking all three wins.

Lee Holland was second each time to take the runner up berth, from Lee Martin, Ben Parkinson and Dean Hakes.

The extra Modern class at the end was easily won by Jimmy Margetson with three clean wins. Shane Holmes was the man in second, from Sam Smith, Joel Hughes and Scott Meredith.

The next round is at Pontrilas, Hereford on July 31 / August 1.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Adam Wilkinson

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Ryland Jones, 3 Chris Anderton, 4 Steve Morgan, 5 Lucy Tilzey, 6 Riley Copeland.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Adam Wilkinson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Simon Bonser, 4 Andy Hinchliffe, 5 Martyn Gregory, 6 Dave Bennett.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Steve Ward, 2 Marc Spruce, 3 Mike Allport, 4 Anthony Houseman, 5 Rob Lewis, 6 Tim Sabine.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Brad O’Leary, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Sam Vickers, 4 Jamie Biddulph, 5 Jimmy Margetson, 6 Ben Margetson.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Oliver Dodders, 4 Wayne Twidle, 5 Jack Mason, 6 Matt Bennett.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 Matt Rudd, 2 Jason Slater, 3 Richard Wood, 4 Melvyn Homer, 5 Mark Burrows, 6 Chris Rowlands.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Scott Mathia, 3 Jack May, 4 Lewis Parkinson, 5 Tim Gardham, 6 Steve Gardham.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Chris Rogerson, 2 Neil Eastwood, 3 Mark Gardner, 4 Darran Williams, 5 James Fuggett, 6 Timmy Gravener.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Mark Warttig, 4 Jim Shand, 5 Pete Williamson, 6 Mark Tilzey.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pete Mathia, 2 Pat Rowe, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Terry Connor, 5 Andy Holland, 6 John Bennett.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Aaron McLoughlin, 2 Dan Shepherd, 3 Barry Turnbull, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Danny Blakeley, 6 Rian Warren.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Andy Lawton, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Lee Martin, 4 Ben Parkinson, 5 Dean Hakes, 6 Frazer Hatch.

Modern Class

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Sam Smith, 4 Joel Hughes, 5 Scott Meredith, 6 Tom Fish.

 
1
Jun

Round 3 The Grange, Tern Hill Sunday June 13

 

Entries are now open for round 3, and all you need to do is call Chloe Hudson on

07887-407590 / 01229-463805 after 6pm to make your payment and guarantee your place.

 
1
Jun

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2

Nottingham Twinshock Club

Bevercotes, Notts.

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

The Nottingham Twinshock Club were hosts for the second round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at the AMCA track at Bevercotes last Sunday supported by DobShox. And for once the weather was superb, which meant that the hillside track required some heavy watering, and some big changes due to badger sets, and the ultra-dry sandy soil which dries to powder when the sun shines. The club did all they could to run on the grassy parts available.

Another 200 plus entry turned up to the track which has been in use for decades and has seen some great racing over the years. Several red flags did delay proceedings, but all three blocks were completed which was testament to the perseverance of the club members.

The first class to the line was the Hazport Vets Modern, with the Over 40’s and 50’s racing together with every gate taken up.

In the Over 40’s Danny Blakeley on his two stroke Yamaha was on fire and took two of the three race wins to win the overall.

Debutant John Butler was delighted to win race three and took the runner up spot from Adam Wilkinson on the KTM 125 in third. Jonno White, riding with injured ribs from Polesworth took fourth.

The Over 50 class saw victory for Dob Shox and former IMBA champion Julian Dobb with a clean sweep. Steve Ward kept up his good run of form in second, and club helper Nev King took third from Marc Spruce and Tim Sabine.

In the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock reigning champion Jimmy Margetson was back in the fold and got the better of teammate Brad O’Leary by two race wins to one. The Maicos were really on song as they battled closely throughout all three races. Ben Margetson the third member of Bill Browns boys, was always among the front runners and took third, from Michael Smith and Albert Martindale.

It was hard work for the WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock bikes as the riders needed all their skill on the steep climbs, and programme cover rider John Davis tied with Matt Rudd on points, but his better result in the final race saw him take the top step on the podium. Jason Slater came third but was delighted with his final race win. Ian Knight and Richard Wood completed the top five.

The Falcon Shocks 250 twinshock class saw victory for Ryan Ireland who took two race wins, with third race winner Anthony Twidle in second. Sean Dodders was flying and managed third overall on the day.

Corey Nemeth seemed to love the circuit, and in the WLB Fitness Evo 125 class, he coasted to three faultless wins, and was awarded the Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Andy Lawton continued his run of hole shots, but just could not keep up with the pace of Nemeth and had to settle for three seconds. Jack May just edged out John Butler for third place, and fifth went to Scott Mathia who managed to take a win in race three.

There were a few wildcard riders in the Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock class, and in race one former AMCA Champion Brendan Rowett rolled back the years to win the first race, after which he upgraded himself to the Inters class. This left the field wide open for the remaining races, and the next two races and the overall victory went to Ellie Blacklock, who became only the second ever lady rider to win a National Twinshock race. Chris Rogerson just edged out Neil Eastwood for second, and Mark Gardner made the long journey from South Wales worthwhile in fourth from Simon Young.

The Woodys Evo Open class saw some titanic battles between Michael Ogden and Barry Turnbull, but it was Ogden who edged the victory by two race wines to one. Dan Shepherd had his best result so far in third on the 250 Yamaha, winning a tie break from Danny Blakeley in fourth and Callum Bircher in fifth.

The SN Properties Super Evo class had their own race at this round, and it was another masterclass from Corey Nemeth who took all three wins. Ben Parkinson was runner up with three top three finishes. Lee Holland was top four all day and toof third, from fast gating Grant Hacking and Jak Dinsley.

Willie Burgess won the battle of the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class with three start to finish victories, but Kevin Reed was always in the hunt and took second in each race. Mike Davies was not too far behind in third, with Pete Williamson and Jim Shand completing the podium. Pat Rowe was on fire in the Over 60 class and took all three wins. Terry Connor had his best ever result in second from Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand.

In the CI Sport Inters class Dean Gray took the Yamaha to overall victory with a couple of wins. Thomas Spencer won race one which helped him to the runner up berth. Ben Butterworth was also in the groove in third from Ryland Jones and Steve Morgan.

It was a very trying event for the club, but they came through and should be proud of pulling it off with all that was thrown at them on the day. The next round is at the Grange, Tern Hill on Sunday June 13th.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Corey Nemeth.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 John Butler, 3 Adam Wilkinson, 4 Jonno White, 5 Julian Free burn, 6 Paul Groom.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Julian Dobb, 2 Steve Ward, 3 Nev King, 4 Marc Spruce, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Adrian Lewis.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Brad O’Leary, 3 Ben Margetson, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Albert Martindale, 6 Sam Vickers.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Ryan Ireland, 2 Anthony Twidle, 3 Sean Dodders, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 James Drewery, 6 Wayne Twidle.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Ian Knight, 5 Richard Wood, 6 Melvyn Homer.

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Jack May, 4 John Butler, 5 Scott Mathia, 6 Steve Gardham.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Ellie Blacklock, 2 Chris Rogerson, 3 Neil Eastwood, 4 Mark Gardner, 5 Simon Young, 6 James Fuggett.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Michael Ogden, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Dan Shepherd, 4 Danny Blakeley, 5 Callum Bircher, 6 Reece Desoer.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Ben Parkinson, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Grant Hacking, 5 Jak Dinsley, 6 Lee Martin.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Willie Burgess, 2 Kevin Reed, 3 Mike Davies, 4 Pete Williamson, 5 Jim Shand, 6 Lee Davies.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Pat Rowe, 2 Terry Connor, 3 Wayne Le Marquand, 4 Martin Snape, 5 Pete Mathia, 6 John Bennett.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Thomas Spencer, 3 Ben Butterworth, 4 Ryland Jones, 5 Steve Morgan, 6 Sean Burrows.

 
17
May

Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 1

Cumbria Twinshock Club

Stipers Hill, Polesworth

Report Geoff Shuttleworth

Pictures Andrew Fairclough Photography

After 20 months without a round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock series, the Cumbria Twinshock Club hosted the opening round of 2021 at Stipers Hill, Polesworth, the traditional track used to start the action. The Club received support for the event from Moto Sport Services at Haydock, and there was a tremendous line up of nearly 250 riders, who were all eager to see if the lockdown training had made the difference. Unfortunately this was a closed event with no spectators due to the Covid guidelines.

Saturdays torrential rain made the going very heavy early on Sunday, but lines were soon appearing as the Evo 125’s came to the line first. With the sun shining it was Corey Nemeth who reeled off three fantastic start to finish victories. His only real challenger was reigning champion Andy Lawton, who had to settle for three seconds on the day. There was a mixed bag of results for the remaining riders, who each swapped places in every race, which saw Jack May take third, just beating Ben Murray and Scott Mathia.

The Experts, 125 and 250 twinshock riders all raced together, and it was a masterclass from former AMCA champion Brad O’Leary who took his Wulfsport Maico to three convincing wins.

Albert Martindale with his ultra-smooth riding style rode really well and finished second to Brad in each race, with Sam Vickers in third.

The 125 Twinshock class was a very close affair, and it was John Davis who took the top step after his third race victory. He pipped former champion Matt Rudd by just three points, with debutant Melvyn Homer only one point further back in third.

In the 250 Twinshock class Anthony Twidle was mixing it with the experts, and won two out three of his class races to take the overall, and really showed his speed up at the front. Ryan Ireland was another rider on a mission and he took the remaining race win which gave him second overall from Sean Dodders, Matt Bennett and James Drewery.

There were quite a few new Clubman Twinshock riders to the series, and it was one of them, Gene Harker who took all three wins. Mark Gardner in second had his best result of his career in second, and with it, won the Martindales Rider of The Meeting award. Third went to Neil Eastwood by just three points from Craig Ruck, and Duncan Judd in fifth, with his first meeting for six years.

The Evo Open class was a fast trio of races, with Michael Ogden reigning supreme after he reeled off the first two race wins, and took the overall with a fifth in the final encounter.

Barry Turnbull, back after a two year sabbatical took second after getting faster with each race, and winning the final one. Aaron McLoughlin was on it all day and took third, pipping Callum Bircher by a single point. Danny Blakeley was fifth another point behind after struggling in race three.

The Super Evos had a great line up of riders, with each of the top three winning a race apiece. Victory on the day though went to Lee Holland who is on the hunt for another title to add to his collection over the years. Ben Parkinson fought hard, but had to settle for second from Grant Hacking, Tim Thornton and Jak Dinsley.

We had a new winner in the Over 50 Twinshock class as former AMCA Classic Champion Kevin Reed won all three races to take the spoils. He led all three races from start to finish, in a faultless display of riding. There was barely a fag paper separating the next few riders, but Mike Davies was delighted with his runner up spot by a point from Pete Williamson, with Jim Shand and Carl Hodgson another couple of points down.

It was great to see so many Over 60 riders line up for their start, as some of them were in their seventies, and had been riding for over fifty years. The winner of the class was former AMCA championship runner Martin Snape who took a first second and a third.

Pat Rowe was always up there and took second, narrowly beating Jim Simpson. Cheshire Charger Pete Mathia had bike trouble and a DNF in race one but won races two and three to take fourth overall.

Dean Gray was the man to beat in the Inters Twinshock class, and after a third in race one, he seemed to find his mojo when winning the second and third motos to stand on the top step. Ryland Jones who won race one finished second, just in front of Riley Copeland and Sean Burrows.

Danny Blakeley started as he finished in 2019, by winning the Vets Modern Over 40’s, taking two out of three race wins to lead the series. Simon Bonser in second gave him some really great battles, but a couple of errors allowed Danny to creep away from him at the front. Race three winner Richard Sharp took third, and Adam Wilkinson on a 125 did brilliantly to take fourth from new boy Andy Hinchliffe.

The Over 50’s Vets went to Mark Spruce with a win and two seconds. Adrian Lewis won the first which helped him to second overall from Anthony Houseman.

The final class of the day was the West Mids Evos Pre-85 class, and that went to Sam Pocock with two wins, but he was pushed hard all day by Jake Chamberlain in second and Jacob Griffiths in third. It was good to see Scott Reed back on the bike, and he managed a great fourth place.

All in all it was a great meeting run by the club in difficult circumstances, and all credit goes to them for putting it on after horrendous conditions on Saturday.

Next round is Nottingham Twinshock Club at Bevercotes on Sunday May 30, where we hope the government guidelines will have changed for the better.

Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Mark Gardner

WLB Fitness 125 Evolution

1 Corey Nemeth, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Jack May, 4 Ben Murray, 5 Scott Mathia, 6 Lewis Parkinson.

Wulfsport Experts Twinshock

1 Brad O’Leary, 2 Albert Martindale, 3 Sam Vickers.

Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock

1 Anthony Twidle, 2 Ryan Ireland, 3 Sean Dodders, 4 Matt Bennett, James Drewery, 6 Wayne Twidle.

WLB Fitness 125 Twinshock

1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Melvyn Homer, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 David Farmer, 6 Ian Knight.

Phoenix Motos Clubman Twinshock

1 Gene Harker, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Neil Eastwood, 4 Craig Ruck, 5 Duncan Judd, 6 David White.

Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open

1 Michael Ogden, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Aaron McLoughlin, 4 Callum Bircher, 5 Danny Blakeley, 6 Dan Shepherd.

S-N Properties Super Evos

1 Lee hooland, 2 Ben Parkinson, 3 Grant Hacking, 4 Tim Thornton, 5 Jak Dinsley, 6 Frazer Hatch.

MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock

1 Kevin Reed, 2 Mike Davies, 3 Pete Williamson, 4 Jim Shand, 5 Carl Hodgson, 6 Paul Lippitt.

MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock

1 Martin Snape, 2 Pat Rowe, 3 Jim Simpson, 4 Pete Mathia, 5 Graham Challis, 6 Terry Connor.

CI Sport Inters Twinshock

1 Dean Gray, 2 Ryland Jones, 3 Riley Copeland, 4 Sean Burrows, 5 Tom Salt, 6 Chris Anderton.

Hazport Veterans Over 40’s

1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Simon Bonser, 3 Richard Sharp, 4 Adam Wilkinson, 5 Andy Hinchliffe,

6 Thurlow Bone.

Hazport Veterans Over 50’s

1 Mark Spruce, 2 Adrian Lewis, 3 Anthony Houseman, 4 Richard Corner, 5 Dean Dewing, 6 Steve Ward.

West Midland Evos

1 Sam Pocock, 2 Jake Chamberlain, 3 Jacob Griffiths, 4 Scott Reed, 5 Zac Hackett, 6 Phil Newman.

 
11
Mar

NEW DATE FOR POLESWORTH OPENING ROUND

Thanks go to Chloe Hudson and Cumbria Twinshock who have managed to juggle the dates for this year’s Toughsheet National Twinshocks and have all the paperwork in place for our roadmap out of the Covid crisis.

We are unable to run on our intended date of April 4 at Polesworth, so this has been moved to May 9, with the scheduled event at the Grange moved to June 13.

The paddock size for the opening round was a factor, as Polesworth can hold far more riders, who will have to comply with the bubble of six and arrive together if wanting to park with each other.

We will still be enforcing the mask wearing policy away from your vans as last year, and unfortunately, we will not be allowed a beer tent, but it does give us the chance to meet up and see everyone again.

Anyone that has already entered for Polesworth, will have their entries transferred over to May 9, unless you let Chloe know that you can’t attend.

Please start getting those entries in as some classes are nearly full.

April 1 Open to Second classes for riders.

April 15 Reserve riders get a chance to enter.

You can call Chloe weeknights between 6pm and 9pm on 01229-463805 / 07887-407590.

The new dates are,

May 9 Polesworth, Staffs.

May 30 Bevercotes, Notts.

June 13 The Grange, Tern Hill, Shropshire.

July 31/Aug 1 Pontrilas, Hereford.

August 29/30 Hawkstone Park.

September 18/19 Culham, Oxon.

Let’s hope that things go in the right direction over the next couple of months, and we can get back to some form of normality.