Bountiful Bevercotes. Toughsheet National Twinshock Championship Round 3 – Race Report & Results
The third round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock championship, was hosted by the AMCA Warsop MX Club at Bevercotes, Notts last weekend, and the club had put the hours in to prep the track for the 200 riders turning out for the 21 race programme, supported by SMC Motorhomes of Newark.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Andrew Fairclough Photography
The weather was superb, and extensive watering had to be carried out to keep the dust at bay. The track was new to many of the riders, as it went up and down the hillside in the valley, keeping off the old circuit in places and onto the grass. The large crowd saw the CI Sport Inters class out first, and the racing was good as Jem Parker stormed to three wins, and was a worthy winner of the Martindales rider of the Meeting award after five years away from racing. His nearest early challenger was Carl Hodgson, who had bad luck when challenging and losing his footrest. That left Kyle Godbear to pick up the pieces with second overall, just in front of Jake Veitch in third. Matt Bennett snatched fourth on a tie break with Kev Bratt.
The Hazport Vets class had a full line up of 36 riders, and that really made the dust fly. Danny Blakely was first out of the traps taking race one, but he was beaten by an on fire Richard Chinn on the TM in the next two legs, giving Chinn the overall by three points from Blakeley. Third place went to former IMBA champion Julian Dobb, having a guest ride on a track he had raced many times in the 80’s and 90’s and was also top over 50 rider. Nev King took fourth overall from Darren Dobson.
In the LPE Clubman class Chris Lambourne easily took the race one win, and sportingly took an upgrade to the Inters class. That left Timmy Gravener to rule the roost as he took three second places for the overall win, and the lead of the championship class. Third overall was over 50 rider Steve Hakes, who pipped Luke Freudenau by two points. Thomas Spencer took fifth after a breakdown in the first followed by two easy wins.
The Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class was a real ding dong battle, with anyone of the top six capable of winning, and after a third and two wins, it went the way of Howard Wainwright by a single point from Barry Turnbull in second. Turnbull had taken the first race win, but had a few problems along the way. Danny Blakeley was third on the Kawasaki, just in front of Michael Ogden and Michael Smith.
The club experimented with a Super Evo class and had twelve starters with Sam Vickers taking the overall with three second places. Third race winner Reece Winsor took second, and third was double race winner Chuck Davies, who had a DNF in race three.
The big battle in the Moto X Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class was between Willie Burgess and Gary Parker, with Burgess firing to a trio of victories to score a maximum points haul, with Parker second to him in each race. Pete Mathia finished third in each leg, with Alan Bott fourth and Tim Sabine in fifth.
In the Over 60’s Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand took the first two race wins on the four stroke HPF Honda, but a derailed chain in the third, knocked him off the podium as Martin Snape picked it up to take the overall victory with the win in the final leg. Alan Hambridge had his best result of the year in second from Alan Hardy in third, and the Dutch visitor Hugo Heemsherk fourth.
Richard Chinn had a double success when to add to his Vets win, he also took the MRH Consultants Evo 125 class with a couple of tightly contested wins over fast gating Shane Holmes, who had already won the first race. Nathan Marsden was well pleased with the third step on the podium just in front of Andy Lawton and Lee Holland.
In the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock class Michael Smith had another day to remember, as he won race one, and combined with a pair of seconds took the top step, and kept his lead of the championship. Barry Turnbull seemed to have a few bike issues, but still took second, as did Ben Margetson in race two, but he made amends with a race three victory for third overall. Guest rider Bryn Clarke enjoyed his outing in fourth, just beating Irelands Jon McBride.
The final class of the day was the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock class, and it was a resounding success for John Davis who took all three wins, each time beating Matt Rudd and Jason Slater in that order. Fourth went to Mark Burrows and fifth was Steve Riley.
The next round is the Lancashire Twinshock Clubs event at Barnoldswick on June 17.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jem Parker
CI Sport Inters
1 Jem Parker, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Jake Veitch, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Kev Bratt, 6 Sean Burrows.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Richard Chinn, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Julian Dobb, 4 Nev King, 5 Darren Dobson, 6 Adam Wilkinson
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Julian Dobb, 2 Nev King, 3 Steve Ward, 4 Mark Spruce, 5 Dave Clayborn, 6 Daran Williams..
1 Timmy Gravener, 2 David Taylor, 3 Steve Hakes, 4 Luke Freudenau, 5 Thomas Spencer,
6 Noel Duke.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Howard Wainwright, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Michael Ogden, 5 Michael Smith, 6 Jamie Dobson.
1 Sam Vickers, 2 Reece Winsor, 3 Chuck Davies, 4 Robert Beers, 5 Joe Severn, 6 Tom Holland.
MotoX Concepts Over 50’s
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Gary Parker, 3 Pete Mathia, 4 Alan Bott, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Jim Shand.
MotoX Concepts Over 60’s
1 Martin Snape, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Alan Hardy, 4 Hugo Heensherk, 5 Wayne Le Marquand,
6 Ray Hodgkins.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Richard Chinn, 2 Shane Holmes, 3 Nathan Marsden, 4 Andy Lawton, 5 Lee Holland, 6 Jonno White.
1 Michael Smith, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Ben Margetson, 4 Bryn Clarke, 5 Jon McBride, 6 Jamie Biddulph (Best Falcon Shocks 250).
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 Jason Slater, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Steve Riley, 6 Robin Cowgill.