Super Seven. Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 7 – Race Report & Results
The Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championship headed to Pontilas for the seventh and final round of the
series last weekend, supported by Phil Denton Engineering, and hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club, who ran a first class meeting for the 130 riders, over the two day, 36 race programme, which was finished by three o clock on the Sunday.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Julie Riley
The track was prepared superbly by Phil Roberts with just the right amount of grading and watering. Unfortunately there was a couple of nasty injuries, and we wish those riders well in their recovery. All the championship classes were still to be decided over the weekend bar one, which had been wrapped up at an earlier
The Wulfsport Experts raced alongside the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock and Evo riders, and it made for some interesting battles. Dave Campbell on the Andy Cleaver Honda, was in a class of his own on Saturday, taking all three wins, but he had to bow to Barry Turnbull on the JR Racing Honda, who only raced on Sunday, when he took two of the three race wins, to clinch his first title, and with it became the 2017 National Twinshock Champion. Campbell won the overall over the weekend, and also took the Martindales Rider of the Meeting. Lee Holland went top three all weekend to take second overall, from Irelands Jon McBride.
Jacob Joyce and Andy Lawton, on the Steve Clitheroe prepped Hondas, took three wins apiece in the 125 Evo class, which meant that Joyce took the title home with him ahead of Lawton. Jonno White took third overall finishing in third in all six motos.
John Davis won all six of his 125 Twinshock races, to retain the title in that class. His nearest challenger was Mark Burrows, who had a few bike issues, but came home second in front of Steve Riley in
Irelands Willie Burgess had already wrapped up the MD Racing Over 50 class at Hawkstone, but still gave it his all, with a tremendous six out of six on the Gary Murphy Maico. Alan Bott followed him home in all of the races, and Tim Sabine had one of his best rides in third, from Dave Salkeld and Jerseys Waynwe Le Marquand.
Graham Challis finally fulfilled his ambition, by winning the MD Racing Over 60’s title, but had to give second best to Martin Snape on the day. Snape won four races to Challis’s two. Last year’s champion Alan Hambridge took third from Wullie Brown.
The Hazport Vets class saw a Danny Blakely master class, as he stormed to all six victories on the 1989 Kawasaki 500, to take the title. Mike Allport took second overall, and also the Over 50’s title with his best ride of the season. Thurlow Bone managed to take several holeshots, and got himself into third overall from Lee Jones and Paul Croxon.
The LPE Clubman class saw some of the closest racing with all the riders capable of winning a moto. Mike Tucker went into the weekend trailing series leader Gavin Cole by a single point with Simon Bentley only a handful in arrears. But it was a guest rider, Kyle Godbear who shook things up with first overall and four wins. Mark Gardner rode really strongly to take second, but it was
Mike Tuckers third overall, that eventually clinched the series in the last race, to his delight. Lucy Tilzey took fourth from Gavin Cole.
The CI Sport Inters, saw James Curtis do enough on the Saturday to clinch the crown, which was just as well as he badly injured his shoulder on the Sunday. This left local rider Daran Williams to dominate, and take the overall with three wins on the Sunday. Sean Burrows had his best ride of the season taking second, with several holeshots, and Dom Bratt just took third from Matt Bennett and Kev Bratt.
The Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evo class went down to the final race, as Dave Campbell dominated Saturdays results, but his rival Jamie Dobson took all three wins on Sunday. But at the final reckoning Campbell took the title by only a handful of points from Dobson after a season long battle. Danny Blakeley was in the mix as well taking second overall, and Michael Ogden was fourth.
The West Mids Evo crew joined in the fun, with a full rider line up, and it was Dean Warren who dominated with all six victories. His nearest challenger was Jonathan Tapp who finished second in each race. The 125 class was won by Zac Hackett from James Hudson. Dean Warren won the 250 class from Jim Shand, and the 500 class was won by Jonathan Tapp from Jake Chamberlain.
So what a superb finish to another season of Twinshock racing, and all the riders will be back in 2018 to do it all again.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – David Campbell.
1 David Campbell, 2 Lee Holland, 3 Jon McBride, 4 Jamie Biddulph (Falcon Shocks Best 250), 5 Barry Turnbull, 6 Michael Smith.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Mark Burrows, 3 Steve Riley, 4 Tim Grindrod, 5 Wayne Twidle, 6 Dave Ellis.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Jacob Joyce, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Jonno White, 4 Jason Slater, 5 Chaz Nichols, 6 Chris Walker.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Dave Salkeld, 5 Wayne Le Marquand, 6 John Bennett.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Martin Snape, 2 Graham Challis, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Wullie Brown, 5 Roger Dunford, 6 Bill Brown..
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Mike Allport, 3 Thurlow Bone, 4 Lee Jones, 5 Paul Croxon, 6 Jonno White.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Mike Allport, 2 Richard Evans, 3 Martin Speak, 4 Chris Rowlands, 5 Mark Tilzey, 6 Neil Smith.
1 Kyle Godbear, 2 Mark Gardner, 3 Mike Tucker, 4 Lucy Tilzey, 5 Gavin Cole, 6 Stephen Hakes.
CI Sport Inters
1 Daran Williams, 2 Sean Burrows, 3 Dom Bratt, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Kev Bratt, 6 Chris Anderton.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Jamie Dobson, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 David Campbell, 4 Michael Ogden, 5 Andy Hinchliffe, 6 Mitchell Griffiths.
West Mids Evos 125 Saturday
1 Zac Hackett, 2 James Hudson, 3 Nick Mauger, 4 Sam Russell, 5 Dave Frampton, 6 Paul Mansell.
West Mids Evos 250 Saturday
1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Paul Baldwin, 4 Kevin Butcher, 5 Tom Graves, 6 Nick Payton.
West Mids Evos 500 Saturday
1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Jake Chamberlain, 3 Nathan Smith, 4 Neil Williams, 5 Steve Ryan,
6 Shaun Willis.
WME Western Cider Challenge
1 Dean Warren, 2 Jonathan Tapp, 3 Jim Shand, 4 Jake Chamberlain, 5 Paul Baldwin, 6 Charlie Evans.