2008: Back on top
With the return of Yorkshire’s Dougie Lampkin after his years away at the World Trials Championship the young guns had to be at their best. The Highland holiday did not prove as relaxing for Lampkin as expected though! Hot weather kept him on the boil in his quest for a third win as with a mass of trials fans in the Scottish Glenns for six days of superb action the weather played its part to provide a memorable week.
Michael Brown was the young pretender on the trials scene and was desperate to prove his worth after finishing in second place last year. He carried a severe case of tennis elbow into the event, which required a very painful injection into the joint to ease the pain days before the start of a grueling six days. As it turned out in a very low-scoring event the five marks Brown parted with at Gorton on the Thursday finished his push for a victory. The previous year’s winner James Dabill on the powerful 300cc Montesa never looked like repeating his win after a shaky start to the week. Lampkin praised the organisation which had once again been second to none and no doubt, by the amount of pressure from other riders wanting to win, this is still the trophy that every rider wants.
Dougie Lampkin (Beta): It was a happy Lampkin who took his third win.
Michael Brown (Beta): Despite a strong ride it was the one five on the Thursday that denied the ‘Mighty Atom’ the chance to fight for the win
The 2008 podium: Michael Brown, Dougie Lampkin and James Dabill