Bevercotes Barnstormer! Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 3 – Race Report and Results
The third round of the Toughsheet National Twinshock championships took place at Bevercotes last weekend hosted by the Nottingham Twinshock Club and supported by Midland Contractors and Mick Beardshaw.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Andrew Fairclough Photography
Considering this was their inaugural event as a Twinshock Club, they put on a great show, especially as the circuit is renowned for the dust problems. But they laid out the track to include several grass loops on the steep hillside, and a strong wind blew the dust in the right direction. And due to the track’s popularity, over 190 riders turned up from all corners of the UK, and three blocks of racing were completed for just after five o clock. The long track was fast, and tough, but and after some extra grading really came to the riders.
The CI Sport Inters Twinshock class were first to the line at this round, and the man to beat was David Hopkins on his Husky, as he took the first two race wins, but was was beaten by Ben Braddick in race three. That gave him his third overall win of the season, with Braddick taking second. Steve Morgan had his first outing of the season and came home a fine third overall on the Maico. Brad Perrett took his PDS Triumph to fourth, helped by two second places, and Sean Burrows was fifth.
There was a full grid of 36 riders in the Hazport Vets Modern class, and Simon Bonser was the fastest rider on track in the Over 40’s, scorching to the first two race wins, but in race three he went slightly early and hit the gate, leaving him in last place. He managed to fight his way back to sixth at the flag, which gave him first overall when the dust had settled. Danny Blakely went 2-3-4 on the Yamaha, just pipping Jonno White for the runner up place on the podium. White did though get the bit between his teeth as he managed to fend off the rest to take the third race victory. Adam Wilkinson was up amongst the front runners and took fourth from Grant Hacking.
The Over 50’s Modern was a close run thing, with Nev King coming out on top, after a superb second in the final race. Lance Marshall took a second in race two which helped him bag the runner up spot from Andy Mitchell and Adrian Lewis.
It looked like it was going to be Jimmy Margetsons day in the Wulfsport Experts Twinshock class, as he took race one from a detuned Barry Turnbull, but a second race problem relegated him to sixth place. He then came out and won race three as well, but it was not enough to give him the overall win, as Barry Turnbulls 2-1-2 meant Barry won by four points, and narrows Margetson championship lead to only eight points.
Luke Hill on another PDS Triumph had his best result to date in third place, with a 3-2-4 scorecard, which keeps him in third in the series. Ben Margetson took fourth, with Albert Martindale in fifth.
In the Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock class, it was old master Jim Shand who took the overall, with three great wins, and his nearest challenger Kyle Godbear took second on a tie break with Jamie Biddulph.
John Davis was back on fire in the MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock class, as he mixed it with a lot of the Experts on the bigger bikes, and eventually came home as the first 125 rider in all three motos. Andy Hinchliffe did all he could to chase John down, but had to settle for three seconds. Third place on the podium went to Dean Hakes, with reigning champion Matt Rudd in fourth after losing his shock springs, and then having to borrow a bike. Jason Slater came home in fifth place.
There is nobody to stop Willie Burgess in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class this year, as he reeled off another trio of victories on the blue Gary Murphy Maico. Alan Bott came second despite finishing the last race with a snapped swing arm. Tim Sabine took his Suzuki to third place, and won the Mick Beardshaw East Midlands Twinshock Trophy. Pete Williamson finished in the top four all day and took fourth, with Terry Connor having his best rides for a couple of years, and was presented with the Martindales Rider of the Meeting Trophy.
The Over 60’s Twinshock class was again a bit of a cake walk for Wayne Le Marquand, as he took the Marsh HPF to three wins. There was a good battle for second though with Jon Wood getting it by two points from Martin Snape, who was making a welcome return to the fray after an injury. Alan Hambridge and Graham Challis battled all day and were fourth and fifth on the podium.
The reigning champion of the MRH 125 Evo class, Shane Holmes, looked to be getting back to his winning ways as he won the battle against championship leader Andy Lawton. Holmes took all three wins from Lawton, who still though has a commanding lead in the class. Lee Holland was up there too, and posted 4-3-3 for third overall, not far off the leading pair. Mason Bell holeshot race one, and that helped give him fourth from the chasing Matty Sanders.
There was a good line up of Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock riders, and it was a delighted Steve Hakes who won the day with a second and two wins on the orange Maico. This means he extends his class lead over second placed Lucy Tilzey, winner of race one. Riley Copeland is now a regular contender, and he managed third place on the Red Rocket, with Simon Young and Danny Braddick completing the podium.
Barry Turnbull was really making the big CR500 sing in the Woodys Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution Open class as he reigned supreme with three faultless wins, and is already looking like he will retain his title. Michael Smith was also on form and took a couple of seconds in second overall. Jamie Dobson on the Kawasaki was another rider right up there challenging for the lead, and went 3-3-2 for third overall. Fourth went to Chris Sanders just in front of Dan Shepherd in fifth.
The Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos were a bit depleted, but series leader Chris Hind extended his lead for the title with the overall win, winning race one. Sam Vickers took second after finishing in the top three in each race, and Lee Buck got his best result so far in third. It could have been so different for Jake Moss though, as a DNF in race one, followed by two wins only gave him fourth overall from Nathan Cooper in fifth.
The series now moves onto Astbury, Cheshire for round four in three weeks’ time on Sunday June 16.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Terry Connor.
Mick Beardshaw Best East Mids Over 50 Trophy – Tim Sabine
CI Sport Inters Twinshock
1 David Hopkins, 2 Ben Bradick, 3 Steve Morgan, 4 Brad Perrett, 5 Sean Burrows, 6 David Taylor.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Simon Bonser, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Jonno White, 4 Adam Wilkinson, 5 Grant Hacking,
6 David Bennett.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Nev King, 2 Lance Marshall, 3 Andy Mitchell, 4 Adrian Lewis, 5 Mike Allport, 6 Sean Dodders.
Wulfsport Experts Twinshock
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Jimmy Margetson, 3 Luke Hill, 4 Ben Margetson, 5 Albert Martindale,
6 Andy Hinchliffe.
Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock
1 Jim Shand, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Jamie Biddulph, 4 Matt Bennett, 5 Dave Ellis.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 John Davis, 2 Andy Hinchliffe, 3 Dean Hakes, 4 Matt Rudd, 5 Jason Slater, 6 Mark Burrows.
MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Alan Bott, 3 Tim Sabine, 4 Pete Williamson, 5 Terry Connor, 6 Andy Holland.
MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock
1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Jon Wood, 3 Martin Snape, 4 Alan Hambridge, 5 Graham Challis,
6 Stephen Penson.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Shane Holmes, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Mason Bell, 5 Matty Sanders, 6 Steve Gardham.
Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock
1 Steve Hakes, 2 Lucy Tilzey, 3 Riley Copeland, 4 Simon Young, 5 Danny Braddick, 6 Mark Gardner.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Barry Turnbull, 2 Michael Smith, 3 Jamie Dobson, 4 Chris Sanders, 5 Dan Shepherd,
6 Danny Blakeley.
Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos
1 Chris Hind, 2 Sam Vickers, 3 Lee Buck, 4 Jake Moss, 5 Nathan Cooper, 6 Gareth Morgans.