Wilberfoss Perfection. Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5 – Race Report and Results
The Toughsheet National Twinshock MX Championship rolled into Wilberfoss, near York for round five of seven,
supported by JK Racing, and hosted by the Yorkshire Twinshock Club.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Pictures Matthew Rudd Photography
The track was prepared to perfection by Mik White and the club, and the free Saturday night bar, and heavy overnight rain, meant that minds and conditions were perfect come Sunday morning for the 150 rider turn out. An extra grass loop was added to the loamy track, which rode well for the full 25 race programme.
This week it was the turn of the LPE Clubman riders to open proceedings, and there were a host of guest riders, who dominated the early morning battles. Hampshires Ross Emery was in a class of his own though, and won all three motos with plenty
to spare, earning him a promotion to the Inters class next time out. Kev Smith continues his rehabilitation, and took second overall, finishing behind Emery in all three. Third went to Simon Bentley, who extended his championship lead on the Honda. Ben Thompson took fourth on his borrowed Geoff Stokes four stroke, beating Gavin Cole on a tie break.
Danny Blakeley had a great day in the Hazport Vets class, with three wins, first on the big Evo Kawasaki, and then the two stroke Yamaha. Jonno White took three seconds, despite having to use his trusty evo 125 in the last two races following a broken front wheel on his modern Suzuki.
And Paul Coward, who is still recovering from injury, took third overall from Paul Groom in fourth. Richard Wood
took fifth, and also was first home in the over 50 category.
Guest rider Carl Hodgson had some bad luck in the CI Sport Inter class, as he stormed to victory in race one, before bike trouble put him out of contention. Chaz Nichols was the rider who benefitted as he won race two, and finished second in the third, to give him his first twinshock overall win. Series leader James Graham came from the back in race one to take fifth, and then a second and a win to give him the runner up berth. Last years Clubman champion Dean Gray continues to improve and took third from James Cowgill and Chris Anderton.
In the Wulfsport Experts, Barry Turnbull made it look so easy on the JR Racing Honda, as he took three classy wins, with his smooth riding style. Michael Smith did all he could on the Sourbutts Maico, and was pleased with his second overall with a 2-2-3 card. Lee Holland on the Yorkshire VMX Honda, led the first race for a few laps before succumbing to Turnbull, and eventually took third overall with two thirds and a fourth. Dave Campbell on another YVMX Honda, was mixing it with the leaders, and took second in the final leg to take fourth overall.
Ben Margetson, Wulfsport Maico took fifth from Irelands Jon McBride.
The MRH Consultants 125 Evo class was once again dominated by the Steve Clitheroe Hondas, as Andy Lawton and Jacob Joyce, battled it out for supremacy. Lawton stamped his authority early though as he took the first two wins from Lawton, but Joyce made amends by catching and passing him in the final race. So it was Lawton on the top step of the podium from Joyce, with John Butler getting amongst it with three thirds for the final step. Jonno White came home in fourth from Mason Bell in fifth.
John Davis continued his march to the 125 Twinshock title with three clear wins from Jason Herring, Mark Burrows and Andrew Robinson.
Irelands Willie Burgess took the MD Racing Over 50 class, with three faultless wins on his Murphy Maico, with only Alan Bott getting anywhere near in second, although he did have machine trouble in the final leg. Jerseys Wayne Le Marquand flew in, to ride superbly on the Marsh HPF Honda four stroke, and took third overall, and also the Martindales rider of the meeting award, from Chris Woodward and Tim Sabine.
Graham Challis showed his class in the over 60’s, by taking all three wins, although Alan Hambridge in second, did all he could to catch him, and Steve Mitton took third on the big Husky.
The Woodys Vintage Honda Evo class saw some of the best racing, with the first five in each race covered by a proverbial blanket. But the cream always rises to the top, and it was Danny Blakeley who took top honours with 3-2-1 finishes, but only after a tie break with Michael Smith, who went 2-1-3. Dave Campbell, who won the first moto, took third from Jamie Dobson and Andrew Collins.
An extra modern class was added to the race programme, and Aiden Wharton took three wins, but was pushed all the way by Tim Gardham in second and Steve Gardham in third.
The final race of the day was the annual War of the Roses Challenge, where teams of riders from Red and White Rose counties, were handicapped over a four lap dash, and it was won by Jacob Joyce, who came through the field to take maximum points for the red rose county, from Kev Smith and Mathew Brady. The shield was presented to Lancashires Ken Sourbutts byYorkshires captain Alan Hardy.
The next round is the Festival of Legends at Hawkstone Park, Sunday and Monday August 27/28.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Wayne Le Marquand.
1 Ross Emery, 2 Kev Smith, 3 Simon Bentley, 4 Ben Thompson, 5 Gavin Cole, 6 Mark Gardner.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Jonno White, 3 Paul Coward, 4 Paul Groom, 5 Richard Wood, 6 Richard Corner.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Richard Wood, 2 Colin Bland, 3 Mark Bowden, 4 Dave Ibbison, 5 Neil Eastwood, 6 Chris Rowlands.
CI Sport Inters
1 Chaz Nichols, 2 James Graham, 3 Dean Gray, 4 James Cowgill, 5 Chris Anderton, 6 Matt Bennett.
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Lee Holland, 4 David Campbell, 5 Ben Margetson,
6 Jon McBride.
Falcon Shocks Best 250 – Jamie Biddulph.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Jason Herring, 3 Mark Burrows, 4 Andrew Robinson, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Steve Riley.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Andy Lawton, 2 Jacob Joyce, 3 John Butler, 4 Jonno White, 5 Mason Bell, 6 David Blackburn.
MD Racing Over 50’s
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Wayne Le Marquand, 4 Chris Woodward, 5 Tim Sabine,
6 John Bennett.
MD Racing Over 60’s
1 Graham Challis, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Steve Mitton, 4 Allan Williamson.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Danny Blakeley, 2 Michael Smith, 3 David Campbell, 4 Jamie Dobson, 5 Andrew Collins,
6 Andy Hinchliffe.
1 Aiden Wharton, 2 Tim Gardham, 3 Steve Gardham, 4 Wayne Pudge, 5 James Thompson,
6 Olly Clark.
War of the Roses won by Lancashire 135 Yorkshire 83
1 Jacob Joyce (L), 2 Kev Smith (L), 3 Mathew Brady (Y), 4 Jonno White (L), 5 Robin Chadwick (L), 6 Dave Ibbison (L).