Tomlin’s third Trophy triumph at Wakes Colne

UPHILL CHALLENGE: Martin Shean heads the pack at Wakes Colne on Sunday
UPHILL CHALLENGE: Martin Shean heads the pack at Wakes Colne on Sunday

Halstead and District rider Brad Tomlin won the title race of the Richard Fitch Trophy meeting at Wakes Colne for the third year running.

Tomlin beat fellow local Jason Morland and national rider Lewis Gregory to secure a hat-trick of victories in the Trophy on Sunday, the last outing of a 10 race programme.

The event is held in honour of Halstead and District Motorcycle Club rider Fitch, who tragically lost his life in an accident at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, eight years ago.

Tomlin’s victory in the trophy race was his only triumph of the meeting after Gloucestershire-based Gregory dominated the two-stroke class, winning all three legs on his 125cc Yamaha.

After a timed practice in the morning, two groups of riders began proceedings, battling it out for a place in the final race of the day.

In Group A, the natives had no answer to the pace of Portsmouth’s Fraser Wakeford, 17, who cruised to an overall victory in the group.

Tomlin and Morland finished second and third 
and respectively, while another local rider, Syd 
Bales, fought valiantly on 
his 125cc bike to record a second and third-place finish.

There was no Halstead winner in Group B either, with Adam Gordan taking the overall victory in the group after three wins from three.

But the final race of the day was doubtless the main event as Tomlin managed to hold off stiff competition from a field of the day’s top 30 riders.