Marvelous Margetson! Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships Round 5 – Race Report and Results
Well what a superb weekend of racing it was for round five of the Toughsheet National Twinshock Championships at Pontrilas, hosted by the Cumbria Twinshock Club. While everyone else was being rained off, the sun was out all weekend, and the club worked hard with the watering and grading, to keep the dust at bay on the long hillside track just south of Hereford. The event was supported by Phil Denton Engineering and over 170 riders, turned out for the 21 race programme each day.
Report by Geoff Shuttleworth – Images courtesy of Andrew Fairclough Photography
At this round the Black Art Tuning Clubman class were first out, and over the two days it was Danny Braddick who took the overall victory, in a very close class, but it was his three wins on the Sunday that gave him the edge. Riley Copeland took second, and finished top three in all the races and had a single win on the first day. Series leader Lucy Tilzey was third, winning two races, with Ashley Smith in fourth, just in front of Craig Ruck.
In the CI Sport Inters, it was guest rider Stephen Miller who was victorious, with two wins and four seconds. Second went to David Hopkins, who extends his series lead, after his three wins. Brad Perrett took third, after some great battles with Ben Braddick and Jake Veitch.
Jamie Dobson continued his fine run of form in the Woodys Vintage Honda Evo Open class, and won the overall for the second round running, helped by four wins over the two days. Class leader Barry Turnbull took second overall, and won the other two races, although he was hindered by plenty of bike breakages. Matt Williamson was the other front runner and eventually finished third. Dan Shepherd was again the top 250 runner, taking a fine fourth place, from Michael Smith and Clayton Hogg.
In the Mauds Café Super Evo class, Paul Smith beat Chris Hind to the victory after two hard fought days of racing, with championship leader Jake Moss in third, taking two wins. Saturdays outstanding performance was by Adam Cook who took all three wins, but was only there the one day.
Guest rider Gary Davies was in a class of his own in the Hazport Vets modern class, and took all six wins for overall victory. Danny Blakeley using his two stroke Yamaha, after his Kawasaki broke early doors, took second following Davies home in each leg. Lance Marshall took third, chasing Danny home in each race, and was the top Over 50 rider home. Chris Walker took fourth from Thurlow Bone in fifth, and then Marc Spruce was the next Over 50 rider just in front of Dene Dewing.
The Wulfsport Experts class was dominated by Jimmy Margetson, who almost had a clean sweep of victories, but for a last race fall, He still won by a country mile, and extends his lead in the series. Guest rider Alex Rach was first out on a four stroke Husky, and then reverted to his favoured Dick Do Maico to take second overall, helped by the final race win. Ben Margetson made it a real family affair in third, with Michael Smith in fourth. Barry Turnbull again had machine issues and took fifth.
The MRH 125 Twinshocks was won by Andy Hinchliffe who ended up with a clean sweep, as Pre-83 rider Anthony Twidle was just guesting, and not scoring points over the weekend. Matt Rudd tried his best to keep Andy honest and took second from John Davis and Robin Cowgill.
The Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock class was won by Jim Shand, who took his Yamaha to five out of six wins. Kyle Godbear was second, and Neil Jones took third.
Willie Burgess just seems unbeatable in the MotoX Concepts Over 50 Twinshock class, as he stormed to all six wins. And it was great to see another Gary Murphy Maico rider in second, as Italian rider Massimo Signorin got the hang of the new track, just beating Alan Bott who came third. Tim Sabine took his Suzuki to fourth from Pete Williamson in fifth.
Wayne Le Marquand looks odd on to win the Over 60’s, after another clean sweep of wins. Former champion Alan Hambridge took second, and Jim Simpson had his best result in third, with Graham Challis in fourth.
Some of the fastest times of the day were set by the MRH 125 Evo riders, as Shane Holmes dominated the class, taking five out of six wins to take the silverware home. Series leader Andy Lawton took second overall, and Lee Holland was third, just beating Mason Bell and Steve Gardham.
The West Mids Evo races were nearly all won by Jordan Davies, but a last race DNF, put paid to his chances of the overall. This gifted victory to Jonathan Tapp, who ended up as the top rider. Dean Warren took the 250 class, Jacob Griffiths won the 125’s and Mel Griffin the four strokes, although Matt Hitchman was the dominant force.
All in all a fantastic weekend of vintage racing, topped off with a packed presentation at the end of the day.
The final round of the series is the Festival of Legends, on August 25/26 at a new venue, Culham, near Abingdon, Oxon.
Martindales Rider of the Meeting – Jimmy Margetson.
Black Art Tuning Clubman Twinshock
1 Danny Braddick, 2 Riley Copeland, 3 Lucy Tilzey, 4 Ashley Smith, 5 Craig Ruck, 6 Mark Gardner.
Woody Vintage Off Road Honda Evolution
1 Jamie Dobson, 2 Barry Turnbull, 3 Matt Williamson, 4 Dan Shepherd, 5 Michael Smith, 6 Clayton Hogg.
Mauds Café Pontefract Super Evos
1 Paul Smith, 2 Chris Hind, 3 Jake Moss, 4 Lee Martin, 5 Gareth Morgans, 6 Phil Peaster.
CI Sport Inters Twinshock
1 Stephen Miller, 2 David Hopkins, 3 Brad Perrett, 4 Ben Braddick, 5 Jake Veitch, 6 Steve Morgan.
Hazport Veterans Over 40’s
1 Gary Davies, 2 Danny Blakeley, 3 Chris Walker, 4 Thurlow Bone, 5 Lee Bingley, 6 John Holmes.
Hazport Veterans Over 50’s
1 Lance Marshall, 2 Marc Spruce, 3 Dene Dewing, 4 Mark Bowden, 5 Mark Burchell,
6 Paul Wright.
Wulfsport Experts Twinshock
1 Jimmy Margetson, 2 Alex Rach, 3 Ben Margetson, 4 Michael Smith, 5 Barry Turnbull,
6 Andy Hinchliffe.
Falcon Shocks 250 Twinshock
1 Jim Shand, 2 Kyle Godbear, 3 Neil Jones, 4 Jamie Biddulph, 5 Dave Ellis, 6 Stevie Denton.
MRH Consultants 125 Twinshock
1 Andy Hinchliffe, 2 Matt Rudd, 3 John Davis, 4 Robin Cowgill, 5 Rob Glynn, 6 Mark Burrows.
MotoX Concepts Over 50’s Twinshock
1 Willie Burgess, 2 Massimo Signorin, 3 Alan Bott, 4 Tim Sabine, 5 Pete Williamson, 6 Chris Woodward.
MotoX Concepts Over 60’s Twinshock
1 Wayne Le Marquand, 2 Alan Hambridge, 3 Jim Simpson, 4 Graham Challis, 5 Martin Snape, 6 Stephen Penson.
MRH Consultants 125 Evolution
1 Shane Holmes, 2 Andy Lawton, 3 Lee Holland, 4 Mason Bell, 5 Steve Gardham, 6 Paul Groom.
West Mids Evos 125
1 Jacob Griffiths, 2 Zac Hackett, 3 Dave Frampton, 4 Dean Eggleton, 5 Jake Chamberlain, 6 Paul Mansell.
West Mids Evos 250
1 Dean Warren, 2 Jim Shand, 3 Sam Russell, 4 Neil Sutton, 5 Paul Parson, 6 Nathan Larcombe.
West Mids Evos 500
1 Jonathan Tapp, 2 Nathan Smith, 3 Jordan Davis, 4 Vince Larcombe, 5 John Gerrish, 6 Scott Reed.
West Mids Evos 4 Stroke
1 Mel Griffin, 2 Matt Hitchman.