Race Reports

Rd 3 Cardenden 2021


Race Report Cardenden, Fife, Report by Jim Grieve

Photographs by Barry Gordon B&M photography and Peter Greenwood

Scottish Twin Shock Round 3

Cardenden, Fife

Sunday 27th June 2021

Report by Jim Grieve

For the third round the twin shock championship moved to Cardenden moto parc with a superbly presented track groomed by George Ross and his team. The weather would also be kind and even with the very hot conditions, the track stood up very well.

In the Pre-77 class, it would be a hat trick of wins and the overall for young Kyle McClure on the big Maico, with some excellent ride as he would be chased all day by Barry Smith, who along with some suspension issues, would take second on the day, in third it would be Craig Mackenzie, with three consistent finishes. The youth class would see a three-way battle for the premier position and it would be Louis Tobin, Mathew Duncan and Stewart Bagen disputing the number one step, although it appeared initially that Mathew would take the overall, a lower placing in the second race would see him take second overall, but an equally fast moving Louis Tobin would romp home for a well-deserved overall win, with Stewart Bagen being consistent for third overall.

In the four stroke class, which had a slightly decimated field, we would see Keith Stanford, keeping a rejuvenated Keith Birse at bay for most part of the day to take two wins and the overall and keith Birse taking a very well earned second overall with one race win to his name, following the two home would be some good riding from Big Ricky Caldwell and taking the third overall position.

The novice class were next and the three riders up for overall honours were Jack Young with three straight wins and the overall, and Liam Jackson, chasing him down for second overall, with Anton Hughes in third and all of the riders with some very quick lap times.

The big bore twin shock open class would storm out of the gate, with Brian Alexander and David Houston appearing to be joined by an invisible band, indeed they only finished a second apart in two races, but due to a technical difficulty in the third race, David would not figure in the overall results. So Brian Alexander would take all three wins and a superb overall from John Crawford with three very consistent rides for second, and Craig Smith taking the third step of the rostrum.

For the under 300cc twin shock class it would be a reduced field once again and it would be a set of consistent rides for all of the top three under 300cc riders, with Jim Grieve taking three wins, moving away from Paul Ness who would take three second placings and David Stanford having three third places, making some easy lap scoring for someone, ha, ha. Personally I think some money transferred hands, between the guys, to get these positions, (lol).

The Evolution class, would see Gavin Robertson basically in another Postcode compared to the other riders, but Peter Graham, James Haddow and Tom Grant would try to keep him honest and on his toes. So at the checkers it was an impressive overall for Gavin Robertson with Peter Graham taking the second placed honours with some magnificent rides and James Haddow with Tom Grant disputing the third position overall, but young James would take this by virtue of his third race better position.

Moving onto the Pre-90 125cc class and it would be Willie Penrice sailing off into the sunset in the first two races and Michael Mclarty trying to make amends in race three, closing in but unable to change the rostrum positions, so it would be Willie P at the flag with an overall first, Michael Mclarty taking the silver position and after some hard riding it would be Damian Carter in the bronze position from Callum Laird.

The over 50’s class was spectacular as usual, and the rider of the day, (man of the match), would be Mark Deeps Dempsey, riding out of his skin to nail down the third overall position, at the head of the field it would not be a clean sweep for Kenny Hope on this day as he was denied by a fast charging Mark Kenny in the second moto, but with some superb rides, Kenny Hope would take the overall top step of the podium followed by mark Kenny in second and Mark Deeps Dempsey in third. Let’s wish everyone a big well done, toiling in the hard conditions of the day.

Once again the Clubman class was a very well-attended race and there were many pretenders to the throne on the day, but ultimately it would be Connel Allardyce taking overall honours with some level headed, fast riding, with Craig Scott and Scott Johnstone battling for second and third positions, but it would be Craig Scott taking second overall by virtue of his better last race performance and Scott Johnstone would take third overall on the day. There are indeed some very quick lap times coming from these clubmen riders, hmnnnnnnn!!

The Monoshock class thundered off the start line, and very exciting it was to watch all these guys. Robert Bell had an impressive outing at this track and almost took a hat trick of wins but he would just be denied in the final race by the slightest margin, by the fast Honda of Graham Blacklock. In the end the results would be Robert Bell taking the overall from a very consistent ride by David Dickson in second and in third overall it would be Graham Blacklock, who recovered well from his misfortunes in race two.

In the two stroke race it was a hat trick of wins, once again for the very fast Bryan Colligan, who was flying on his Yamaha, and showing some great form on the day for the overall win. The two nearest challengers would be Andrew White and Jamie Bell, so with some great consistent riding Jamie Bell was able to nail down second overall, and third overall on the day would be Andrew White’s just rewards, with only his third race result letting him down and stopping a better overall position.

Well that is another race done and dusted and we look forward to our next race at Stewart Campbell’s track, near lochgilphead, see you all there,


Pre-77 1) Kyle McClure 2) Barry Smith 3) Craig MacKenzie 4) Joe Mclean

Four stroke 1) Keith Stanford 2) Keith Birse 3) Ricky Caldwell 4) Malcolm Miller

Youth Class 1) Louis Tobin 2) Mathew Duncan 3) Stewart Bagen 4) Ben Jackson 5) Ronnie Ingram 6) Brandon Nisbet

Novice 1) Jack Young 2) Liam Jackson 3) Anton Hughes

Pre 90 125cc 1) William Penrice 2) Michael Mclarty 3) Damian Carter 4) Callum Laird

Twin shock under 300cc 1) Jim Grieve 2) Paul Ness 3) David Stanford

Over 50’s 1) Kenny Hope 2) Mark Kenny 3) Mark Deeps Dempsey 4) Robbie Allan 5) Alex Joiner 6) Brian Allardyce

Twin-shock open 1) Brian Alexander 2) John Crawford 3) Craig Smith 4) Paul Chiappa 5) David Houston

Clubmen 1) Connel Allardyce 2) Craig Scott 3) Scott Johnstone 4) Craig Gordon 5) Connor Mcclure 6) Kyle Ross

Evolution 1) Gavin Robertson 2) Peter Graham 3) James Haddow 4) Tom Grant 5) Roy Potts 6) Jordan Doherty

Two stroke open 1) Bryan Colligan 2) Jamie Bell 3) Andrew White 4) Connor Paton 5) Gregg Fotheringham 6) Sam Ness

Monoshock 1) Robert Bell 2) David Dickson 3) Graham Blacklock 4) Jordan Mcdonald 5) Mark Glegg 6) John Kenny


Team dial-a-tow     =   444=656

Jim Grieve                     114+60

John Hopton                   4+0

Craig Smith                   88+43

Paul Chiappa                   70+35

Barry Smith                    111+51

Dylan Mulligan             57+23

Team Argyll     =         419-598

Kyle McClure                 111+60

Grant McClure                   0+0

Jordan McDonald           106+40

Gregg Maxwell                 60+0

Jordon Doherty                54+29

Connel Allerdyce             88+50

Dream Team     =           357=571

Rik Caldwell                     60+45

Tom Grant                       111+43

Tommi Mcmillan-Grant     31+25

Robbie Allan                     56+41

Brian Alexander                 99+60

Gordon Morrison                 0+0

Factory Fixers   =        366=520

Damian Carter                  81+41

Keith Birse                     86+52

Neil Litterick                     50+0

John Cockburn                   3+1

William Penrice               44+60

Dean Rutherford              102+0

Team Loudon     =           353=476

Kevin Rosie                       33+0

Jonathan Young                29+0

John Lamont                       35+0

Roy Potts                           82+35

Stuart Hogg                       57+28

Bryan Colligan                117+60


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