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|Lampkin clan extend their Scottish history|
|Written by MJ|
The Lampkin clan has enjoyed a long and rich association with the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT), which was further enhanced as Dougie Lampkin (Gas Gas) etched his name firmly into the event's hall of fame by becoming the only rider to have won this unique competition six times. Prior to his latest victory in the Scottish Highlands, Dougie was tied on five triumphs alongside two other SSDT greats - Sammy Miller and Mick Andrews, but his win yesterday afternoon now sets him apart from even these trials legends.
The Lampkins' first success came at the SSDT way back in 1963 when Dougie's imposing uncle Arthur took the win. This was the start of a winning association for the family that has spanned over five decades. Dougie's other uncle Alan (aka Sid) was the next member of the motorcycling dynasty to collect the famous trophy in 1966, as he became the last four stroke mounted winner until James Dabill (Montesa) topped the table on his Cota 4RT in 2007.
In the clash of the titans during the seventies, it was Dougie's own ever present father Martin who went on a three year winning run from 1976 to 1978 inclusive as he battled it out with his old rivals Malcolm Rathmell (Montesa) and the event's first ever foreign winner Yrjo Vesterinen (Montesa).
Dougie's older cousin and UK Beta importer John did his best to uphold the family honour during the 1980's as he finished as runner up to Steve Saunders (Fantic) in 1989 on a hefty one hundred and two marks for the week. John's revenge came through other riders as his then mighty Beta squad filled the top three places the following year, which marked the start of a six year domination for the Italian brand under his care.
The Lampkin family was then to unleash its latest Scottish weapon during the mid-nineties, as an eighteen-year-old Dougie Lampkin (Beta) took his first win in 1994 at only his second attempt. The then baby-faced tyke went on to match his father's SSDT achievement by taking two more Scottish wins on the bounce in 1995 and 1996 before taking leave from the event as he focused soley on securing his record breaking twelve FIM Trial World titles and putting Great Britain firmly back at the top of the sport it had it founded.
With Dougie absent, his younger cousin and trusty World championship minder James (Montesa) kept the family flag flying high as he recorded a career best third place in 2004 against much more fancied opposition. Whilst his contractual commitments meant he was unable to compete in the SSDT during these years, Dougie was still an interested spectator in Fort William during early May over the same period as his passion for this event never waived.
Dougie then made a winning return in 2008 and 2009 to take his tally to five SSDT victories, before an electrical fault on the opening day in 2010 and an ankle injury sustained on day four last year both thwarted his efforts to win a record breaking sixth Scottish. Having recently announced his retirement from World Championship competition, some bystanders may have viewed Dougie as less of a threat to his younger rivals this time around.
However as has been the case throughout most of his career, Dougie's desire should never be under estimated, and never was this more evident as he used every ounce of his experience and sportsmanship to cling to the closest win the SSDT has seen in its one hundred and one year history. For most riders six SSDT wins would be enough, but Dougie still has the appetite for more, as he explained.
"To have become the only rider to have won the Scottish six times is a massive achievement and one that ranks up there with my World titles and Grand Prix victories. Each year it becomes more difficult to come up here and win against the younger riders, but that said I will be back next year and looking to make it seven wins so the young ones shouldn't relax just yet."