The Scottish Twinshock Scramble Club
Round 5 Ardoch Farm Dalry
Sunday 3rd July 2016
Report by Joe McLean
Well what a superb meeting last Sunday at Ardoch Moto Parc , Dalry in sunny Ayrshire it was great weather for a wee while then it had to happen ,the change in the weather with a heavy downpour made for tricky conditions but the track soon dried out after the rain stopped and we soon saw a vast improvement in the track condition.First up were the pre 77 racers and what a super show of bikes and skill in this class, Craig Robertson put the power of the Dial-A-Tow sponsored RM Suzuki to full use as he blasted his way to 3 convincing wins ,Grant Mcclure and Allan Adair were the main chasers but could not catch the flying Robertson and that is how they filled the podium at end of play.
The over 50s class just seems to keep on growing and the class of rider has no bounds as ex motovcrossers from years gone by keep appearing and making this class all the nore exciting for the hordes of fans that flock to see these superstars of the past still putting on an amazing display of speed and skill, the dogged determination of Jim Greive saw him snatch the overall from a tied in second Archie Baird and Stewart Thomson with new championship leader in 4th Keith Birse and the self styled Mike Dobie just pipping the rejuvenated Colin King to round of the top 6.
Another class that is taking great leaps with the number of registered riders increasing weekly is the Four Stroke class which is at its highest number ever this year.We saw Sy Greig take race one with a very strong ride but he faded later in the day and left the spoils to the super fly Kris Crawford on the wee XR 200 Honda,indeed there are four riders currently racing these wee bikes in this class and they are showing the big boys how it is done on a regular basis .Kris took the overall and still leads this championship with big Richard Caldwell taking second overall on the day to boost his championship standings with Kevin Mckie 3rd and James Mcinally 4th ,both on xr 200s thrashing Sy on the big 600xr and Joe Mclean filling the top 6 on another xr 200 .Maybe when we get a dry meeting the big boys will plunder the points but any sign of dampness and the wee Honda,s rule the roost.
Paul Chiappa continues his winning ways in the Twinshock open class with three wins but the improving James Mclean is hot on his heels and gave chase in all 3 races but had to settle for 2nd as Brian Allardyce and William Pentland battled with Alistair Aitken and Jimmy Agnew for the lower placings with the experience of Brian shining through to fill the last podium spot. The 250 Twinshock was equaly exciting to watch as new kid on the block Davie Watson now managed by the retiring Tony Burrell flew to 3 beautiful wins on this white rocket that was just purchased a few days earlier, Alex Joiner gave chase but the sticky conditions are not best suited to Alex,s riding style so he settled for a safe 2nd overall just in front of the H.V.A Husqvarna mounted Graeme Miller who also looked to be treading carefully in the tricky conditions. This class is also on the up and we seem to see new faces as we soldier on through our season, Charlie Craig ,Richie Mcfadden and Jim Collins all rode well and swapped places regularly on the track in all the races to fill the top 6 at end of play.
Evolution is a class the spectators love as the racing is fast and furious all the way through the field ,Brian Alexander rode superbly to take the overall but he had to play second fidde in races 1 and 3 to Paul Johnston on the big cr 500 but Jonty had problems in race 2 which spoiled his overall result .Tam Grant was always snapping at the heels of the leaders and was always sitting handy should any mistakes happen . The racing was held up for a wee while as Davy Ross junior had a nasty looking injury after landing badly off a jump while trying an inside pass on Alexander in race 1 ,and he never even came off the bike ,on speaking to his dad Davy senior last night he informed me that he has no broken bones and he awaits a knee specialist to see him today (Wednesday) to find out the extent of the damage to his knee. We wish him a speedy recovery and apparently he is hoping to be back in action for our superb stubble meetings at the end of the season so we hope to see you back in full flight then.Barry Gillan ,Roy Potts and Dean Rutherford filled the top 6 places in this fast class. The 125 evo class saw a large turnout at Dalry and the master of mud ,Kieran Smart rode stupendously to 2 wins and a second after slight mishap in race two saw wee Willie Penrice snatch the win in that race to give im a very good second overall in front of Gordon Peterson and Damian Carter with Craig Smith and Taylor King rounding of the top 6.
After a low turnout at round 4 last month the Monoshock boys have regrouped and turned out in large numbers in both mono classes on Sunday ,the biggest 2 stroke turnout ever to hit our tracks saw Flyin, Brian Colligan take the overall from Jason Martin who was relishing the conditions but mechanical problems in race 2 saw his hopes of the overall dashed nonetheless he still managed second overall to keep his championship hopes alive as we approach the second half of the season, the younger Colligan ,Graeme seems to improve as the season progresses and took a very well earned podium for 3rd overall on the day .the minor placing were also hard fought for and Shaun Robertson scored some good points to take 4th and add to his improving championship total jus ahead of the far travelled Karl Livingston and Scott Foote who also continues to improve in this class.
The Monoshock Open class just seems to grow and grow in this club and what a mega turnout of riders at Dalry .The top men in this class Allan Shields and Deejay Bruce put on spectacular show of riding skills to take the top 2 podiums in this class again and they are nip and tuck at the top of the Mono championship, can anyone beat them this year, I have my doubts.Greg Maxwell looked to be on the case at previous meetings but mechanical issues deflated his hopes at Dalry. Seans son Jordan Doherty has been listening to dad and has improved with every meeting and he was totally surprised when his name was called at the Trophy Presentation at the end of the meeting for finishing 3rd overall which is a great achievement considering he only got the stableisers off his pushbike at the end of last year.Mathew Forbes is another newbie to the twinshock scene and is improving at a great pace in this class and he took the 4th just in front of the experienced Peter Rennie in 5th and Ian Sutherland 6th.
That unmistakable friendly twinshock atmosphere made for the best meeting in Scotland last Sunday .There was a superb entry at the Ardoch Farm track at Dalry in Ayrshire and some excellent racing in all the classes which made the journey all worthwhile .