Blakely tames Brutal Hawkstone! Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 2 – Race Report & Results
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.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Roy Edwards
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.
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.
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.
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.