‘O’Show O Neil! Scottish Twin Shock Championships Round 6 – Race Report and Results
The Scottish Twin Shock roadshow moved along to the superb track at Drumclog, albeit dampened from the previous day’s heavy rains, and some people decided the track was not for them but still there was a sizeable entry and the conditions would vastly improve as the day wore on.
Report by Jim Grieve – Images courtesy of Peter Greenwood Offroad Photography
Onto the racing and it started off with Group one and the EVO 125cc bikes, it would be a flying Peter O Neil revelling in the conditions, and even a win in the second race for Ewan Campbell could not take the overall from Peter, and at the flag it was Peter o Neil from Ewan Campbell, and Damian Carter would pick up the third tier on the rostrum. So Peter O Neil now takes a commanding lead in the championship with his main rival contender William Penrice a no-show at this event?
In the four stroke class it would be Sam Sibbald, flying as usual on the Yamaha, even his third race problems would not stop his overall win, Keith Stanford would follow Sam home and Ricky Caldwell would take third place honours. Well done to the guys riding these heavy thunderous machines on a modern and demanding track. In the youth class it would be an emphatic win for Harrison Grossett, we seemed to be enjoying the conditions, in second would be James Forrest with a commanding win in the second race and Mr Consistency would be Rory Oxland taking third overall.
The Pre-77 class would be an easy class to watch as this depleted field of only one rider, namely Grant McClure, would take home overall honours, well done Grant for throwing the old Maico around a very demanding circuit, bringing it home for three race wins and the gold podium position.
Group 2 racing is always exciting with the twin shock under 300cc riders taking to the field it would be three deserved wins for Gordon Peterson on the red rocket, and three seconds for now championship leader Jim Grieve, with also three thirds for Richie McFadden taking the third step of the podium box. In the twin shock open class, this was going to be another championship ding-dong battle between John Crawford and Craig Smith, with John being the victor on the day and the championship looking very tight at the top now, Robert Smith had a very well deserved third overall, and a notable mention to Brian Alexander, flying on the big Honda, taking a race three win convincingly.
The over 50’s, had championship leader John Lamont carving up the sticky conditions, to secure the overall and Robbie Allan on his Suzuki would win a race in fine style but not the overall and he would secure second on the day. Third was taken by the consistent riding of David Watson on his Honda.
The group 3 set of races were purely for the clubmen riders, with such popularity for this class, they would now have their own race. Taking three race victories and flying along on the Husqvarna would be Lewis Munro another one of our riders moved on from the youth class, ably followed home by Adam Curran riding well in second and Peter Rennie who would make consistency count and secure third on the day, making it very close in the title chase for Adam and Peter.
The final group 4 of racing would be enthralling as usual with the evolution class boys taking to the field, and leading them all by a substantial margin on a track he knows very well would be Paul Jonty Johnston and followed by the ever tenacious Tom Grant in a great scoring position for his championship in second, a terrific result for Mathew Harper in a very good ride for third overall.
So the next up would be the two stroke riders and flying on his recently re-built Honda would be Allan Shields, taking the overall wins by quite some margin and loving the bike obviously, only in the second race did he have some competition from Robert Bell who could not just quite get on terms, and so it would finish with Allan Shields first from Robert Bell in second and three good rides from Bryan Colligan taking third overall.
The mono-shock class was no less entertaining and Stuart Hogg, getting to grips with his new bike, would take a superb win and the overall honours, from Jordan McDonald, who had a terrific scrap with Stuart in the second race, and they were separated by less than a second at the flag, in third overall would be Shaun Robertson still riding very well to take the bronze medal today. Again, a very big well done to all who competed in tricky conditions and as the old saying goes. “You have to be in it, to win it “, see you all at Cardenden, in what will prove to be even more entertaining antics from the Scottish twin shock club.
Youth 1 Harrison Grosett 2 James Forrest 3 Rory Oxland 4 Connel Allardyce 5 Rhys Brown 6 Dylan Mulligan
Pre 90 125cc class 1 Peter o Neil 2 Ewan Campbell 3 Damian Carter 4 Kevin Rosie
Four stroke class 1 Sam Sibbald 2 Keith Stanford 3 Ricky Caldwell 4 John Hopton Group 2
Twin shock under 300cc class 1 Gordon Peterson 2 Jim Grieve 3 Richie McFadden 4 David Stanford
Over 50’s 1 John Lamont 2 Robbie Allan 3 David Watson 4 Johnny Rutherford 5 Keith Birse 6 Rob Wilson
Twin-shock open class 1 John Crawford 2 Craig Smith 3 Robert Smith 4 Paul Chiappa 5 Brian Alexander 6 Barry Smith Group 3
Clubmen Class 1 Lewis Munro 2 Adam Curran 3 Peter Rennie 4 Callum Laird 5 Craig Scott 6 Kyle McClure
Group 4 2-stroke open class 1 Allan Shields 2 Robert Bell 3 Bryan Colligan 4 Liam Smart 5 Christopher Smith 6 Scott Garrow
Evolution class 1 Paul “PJ” Johnston 2 Tom Grant 3 Mathew Harper 4 Craig Donaldson 5 Alex Gray 6 Roy Potts
Mono-shock class 1 Stuart Hogg 2 Jordan Mcdonald 3 Shaun Robertson 4 Karl Livingstone 5 Mark Dempsey 6 Jordan Doherty