Halstead MCC staged the annual Richard Fitch memorial meeting at their Wakes Colne circuit on Sunday, held in very warm conditions. At times the temparature reached over 30 degrees, with the club members working hard to combat the dusty conditions. It was the 15th year of the memorial event, in which one of the country's finest young riders tragically lost his life at Hawkstone Park in 2005.

The meeting included rounds of the NGR over 30's, along with the South Eastern Evo's, as well as races for allcomers.

Lee Powell got the better of series leader, Tim Clark, to win the first NGR race, and the other two legs were won in style by Yamaha rider, John Hinz. Clark, along with Leon Woodford and Peter Hook battled for series points in each moto.

The riders on Evo bikes, mostly pre-1990, put on a great show. Local ace, Jason Morland and Brett Fisher led the pack in race one, but it was Basildon's Steve Bixby who stormed through to take the win.

Bixby was in fine form, winning the other two legs as well, with Fisher getting the better of Morland each time.

Kent visitor, Junior Thomas, won the Richard Fitch trophy race, but was pushed hard by Ollie Beamish. Teenager Daniel Sultana held third place throughout.

In the A group of allcomers, overall victory went to Beamish, who had two race wins, plus a second place. Thomas fought hard for second overall, taking a win and two second positions. Sultana was third in all three moto's, and fourth place was fought out between Harry Clark and South African newcomer, Slade Pullin, in the first two legs. However, a crash by Pullin in the third race spoilt his overall chances.

Harry Peck took two wins and a second place to win the B group. Richard Paxman had three good rides for second overall.

Photos by Chris Carter 
Top: Steve Bixby  /  Middle: Junior Thomas /  Bottom: Ollie Beamish


NGR over 30,s overall. 
1st John Hinz
2nd Peter Hook
3rd Tim Clark
4th Lee Powell
5th Andrew Davies

1st Steve Bixby
2nd Brett Fisher
3rd Jason Morland
4th Alex Hornsby
5th Jon Barfoot

Allcomers group A
1st Ollie Beamish
2nd Junior Thomas
3rd Daniel Sultana
4th Harry Clark
5th Harrison Forde

Allcomers group B
1st Harry Peck
2nd Richard Paxman
3rd Scott Goodson
4th Ryan Mesk
5th Shaun Tacey

Richard Fitch memorial race
1st Junior Thomas
2nd Ollie Beamish
3rd Daniel Sultana
4th Jason Morland
5th Slade Pullin