Lamp­kin makes his­tory with 11th SSDT vic­tory

The Oban Times - - News - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­times.co.uk

IT WAS a ‘bit­ter sweet’ win for Ver­tigo rider Dougie Lamp­kin at this year’s Scot­tish Six Days Trial (SSDT) as he claimed his 11th vic­tory but fell short of a clean week.

The 41-year- old con­tin­ued to re­write his­tory on Satur­day, as he picked up the SSDT tro­phy for an un­prece­dented 11th time with his best per­for­mance to date at the iconic event.

Los­ing just one mark on the sixth and fi­nal day, Dougie equalled the feat of Gor­don Jack­son who fin­ished on the same score back in 1961.

Go­ing into Satur­day May 6 clean, Dougie needed just one steady­ing dab in the first sec­tion at Lower Mamore as his front wheel started to tuck, to run out a clear and com­fort­able win­ner af­ter stay­ing feet-up in the other 179 haz­ards.

He said: ‘It is quite a bit­ter sweet feel­ing re­ally. Ob­vi­ously it is amaz­ing to win again, and to record my 11th SSDT vic­tory, but equally I am dis­ap­pointed at hav­ing fallen short at clean­ing the whole week. I have thought about that dab far too much to­day and I am sure it will con­tinue to be on my mind for a few more days yet.

‘Look­ing back I will al­ways ques­tion if I needed it, but at the time it was an in­stinc­tive thing to do as my front wheel started to tuck. As soon as I started to put my foot down, the front wheel started to straighten it­self up, but on the other hand I could have ended up­side down and po­ten­tially ru­ined the whole week.

‘Equalling Gor­don Jack­son’s sin­gle dab ride is some­thing I can be proud of.

‘ Win­ning six years in row and making it a hat-trick for Ver­tigo is just in­cred­i­ble. I can’t thank the whole team I have around me enough, they have played their part again this week. Also hav­ing my mum up for the last few days and to be able to share the win with her is very spe­cial.’

Al­most 300 en­trants took part in this year’s event which saw Kin­lochleven’s Gary Mac­Don­ald make his­tory by be­com­ing the first Scot­tish win­ner of the Pre- 65 Trial, held in his home vil­lage of Kin­lochleven.

Thirty-three-year- old Gary parted with eight marks on Fri­day May 5 and was un­able to chal­lenge the lead­ers.

Gary came in a very re­spectable sev­enth place over­all, tak­ing home the Ian Fen­der Quaich for the best per­for­mance by a Scot­tish com­peti­tor who has not won any other tro­phy, cup or class award.

For full re­sults and tro­phies visit www.ssdt.org

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Over­all win­ner Dougie Lamp­kin, left, with stage win­ners Andy Chilton, Jack Price, Jack Shep­hard, Gary Mac­Don­ald with spon­sor rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Sam Haslam.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Gary Mac­Don­ald came in a very re­spectable sev­enth af­ter drop­ping six points on Fri­day.

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