Turnbull the head master of Grange, Tern Hill! Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5 – Race Report and Results
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Steve Bagladi – Scorch Images
It turned out to be a great move to hire the Telford MXC track, which had a week of perfect preparation by both clubs, ready for the older bikes. The track had a bit of everything, and the loamy Shropshire soil meant there were lots of lines to choose from on the 1.2 miles circuit. The scorching heat really tested the riders, marshals and medics to the limit, but the 21 race programme ran like the proverbial Swiss clock, despite a couple of red flags for injured riders. The whole paddock came together before practice for a minutes applause, in memory of Stuart Miller, which was immaculately observed, for one of the gentleman of the sport, and a rider who had ridden the championships from its inception back in the early nineties.
For this round the MRH Consultants 125 Evo class were first to the line, and with the track dried out after practice Andy Lawton led the first race from start to finish. Championship leader Shane Holmes was buried in fourth, and couldn’t find a way past fast starting Alec Everitt and Nathan Marsden. But in races two and three it was Holmes who led from the front to take both wins and the overall victory. Lawton took second with a 1-2-3 card, Marsden was third, and Matt Williamson fourth, just in front of Aiden Wharton.
In the Wulfsport Experts it was a straight battle between reigning champion Barry Turnbull and former champion Alex Rach. Turnbull had an early scare as he broke a finger in the first block, but fought through the pain to take three wins, each time from Rach in second. Jimmy Margetson was the best of the rest taking third by three points from brother Ben Margetson. Jordan Davies in his first outing at the championships took fifth, in front of Michael Smith and Craig Reynolds.
There were 15 riders in the MRH 125 Twinshock class, and again it was a real tight affair between Matt Rudd and John Davis for supremacy. Matt Rudd won the first two from Davis, and managed to follow him home in the third race to take the overall win, but Davis just holds on to the lead of the championship by a slender five points. Third place went to a delighted Phil Oxley, who had been out for a year with injury. Fourth and fifth went to Mark Burrows and Jason Herring after some great battles.
The CI Sport Inters class threw up a few surprises, and it was Chris Anderton, who was the man on a mission, and he took two wins and a third to take the honours as well as the deserved Martindales Rider of the Meeting award. Kyle Godbear tried his best with a win in the second race, but couldn’t keep up with the pace of Anderton, and had to settle for second. Championship leader Jem Parker led all three races early on, but recent injuries meant he had to succumb once the pain got to much, but still managed third overall, in front of James Cowgill and Chris Lambourne.
A full line up of Hazport Vets took to the line next and it was wild card rider Simon Bonser who reigned supreme with three classy wins. His nearest challenger was Richard Chinn on his TM, and he went 2-2-4 for second overall. Danny Blakeley was another rider trying to overcome recent injuries, and did well to take third. Former British Championship rider Andy Watkins took fourth overall, and was the best Over 50 rider, and fifth was Grant Hacking, who just pipped Richard Sharp by virtue of best last race result. Steve Ward was second best Over 50 rider gaining a few points on Mark Spruce who was third.
David Taylor had a great day in the LPE Clubman class, taking the overall win with a second and two victories. He now takes over the lead of the championship, leap frogging Timmy Gravener, who finished second on the day. Luke Freudenau had his best result of the year in third overall, Mark Gardner took fourth, Ashley Smith took fifth, and first race winner Mark Lakeland was sixth.
Jamie Dobson was on fire in the Woodys Vintage Honda Evolution class, and stormed away to a first race win. But whilst disputing the lead of race two, he had a big off, which sadly ended his day. In the restarted second leg, there was a race long battle between Michael Ogden and Barry Turnbull, and it was Ogden who held it together for the win. But in race three Turnbull took the win, which gave him the overall from Ogden who had a bad racer one result. Third went to Rian Warren, who used his local tracks knowledge to have his best result of the year. Another rider who had his best result was Dan Shepherd in fourth, beating one of the favourites Danny Blakeley into fifth.
In the Super Evos it was Bradley Watling who came away with the silverware, taking three out of three for the win. Luke Storey was in second with Steve Thornton third.
The final class to the line was the MotoX Concepts Over 50’s and 60’s twinshock boys. And there is no stopping Willie Burgess this year, wherever he goes, and he reeled off three fantastic wins. Gary Parker had to do it the hard way to take second, as he fought through the field in each race. Surprise of the day was a fast starting John Iddon, who was up at the sharp end in each race, and eventually took third overall. Alan Bott took fourth, in front of Tim Sabine and Andy Holland.
The Over 60’s once again was a shootout between Wayne Le Marquand and Martin Snape, but it was the man from Jersey who took control with all three wins, from Snape in second. Martin now holds a slender lead of nine points in the series. Alan Hambridge took third from Graham Challis and Steve Mitton.
The next round is the Cumbria Twinshock Festival of Legends at Hawkstone Park over the weekend of September 1-2.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Chris Anderton.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Shane Holmes, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Nathan Marsden, 4 Matthew Williamson, 5 Aiden Wharton, 6 Jack May.
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Alex Rach, 3 Jimmy Margetson, 4 Ben Margetson, 5 Jordan Davies,
6 Michael Smith. Jamie Biddulph (Best Falcon Shocks 250).
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 Matt Rudd, 2 John Davis, 3 Phil Oxley, 4 Mark Burrows, 5 Jason Herring, 6 Robin Cowgill.
CI Sport Inters
1 Chris Anderton, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Jem Parker, 4 James Cowgill, 5 Chris Lambourne,
6 Matt Bennett.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Simon Bonser, 2 Richard Chinn, 3 Danny Blakeley, 4 Andy Watkins, 5 Grant Hacking,
6 Richard Sharp.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Andy Watkins, 2 Steve Ward, 3 Mark Spruce, 4 Dave Clayborn, 5 Mark Bowden, 6 Neil Smith.
1 David Taylor, 2 Timmy Gravener, 3 Luke Freudenau, 4 Mark Gardner, 5 Mark Lakeland,
6 Ashley Smith.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Ogden, 3 Rian Warren, 4 Dan Shepherd, 5 Danny Blakeley,
6 Conor Smith.
1 Bradley Watling, 2 Luke Storey, 3 Steve Thornton, 4 Lee Brown, 5 Tom Holland, 6 Jake Chappell.
MotoX Concepts Over 50’s
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Gary Parker, 3 John Iddon, 4 Alan Bott, 5 Tim Sabine, 6 Andy Holland.
MotoX Concepts Over 60’s
1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Martin Snape, 3 Alan Hambridge, 4 Graham Challis, 5 Steve Mitton, 6 Ray Hodgkins.