With the halfway point in the 2016 Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) having now been reached, defending champion and factory Vertigo rider Dougie Lampkin remains very much in contention to repeat his famous victory of last year. After three tough days of competition in wintery weather conditions Lampkin holds a strong second place just one mark away from current event leader Michael Brown with three more testing days still to ride.
Having managed to limit the damage to his SSDT title assault on the rain struck first day, Dougie made the absolute most from his late starting position on day two – Tuesday – as he used the smooth power of his fuel injected Combat to great effect as he remained feet up through all thirty sections on the day.
Sixth at the end of day one, this incredible performance by Lampkin on the second day of this year’s SSDT was enough to see the defending champion and already nine times winner of this classic event to move into the overall lead come Tuesday evening. From being six marks behind initial leader Joe Baker on Monday, Dougie put himself one mark the better of his closest rival Brown.
Wednesday saw a more familiar route, after Tuesdays various new groups of hazards and another seventy-five miles of tough going for all the riders who had made it through to day three. Whilst unable to match his previous day’s showing Dougie still produced another strong performance dropping just two marks before lunch to keep himself within touching distance of the top spot. Publication of the official results late on Wednesday evening revealed that Lampkin had been docked an extra mark later in the day, which remains disputed by Dougie going into today’s trial.
With Lampkin currently in second spot, Vertigo can count on two riders inside the top five placing overall with James Dabill currently holding fifth spot as he still looks to find his best form at an event that is so different to the recent World Championship rounds he has recently contended.
In what remains a real test of man and machine, tired bodies and general fatigue have played a major part in each riders’ ability to reach the finish each day, during an ultra tough week when the Vertigo Combat has again had the opportunity to prove not only its sheer performance but also its great reliability.
Today the remaining riders are currently facing the longest and perhaps most difficult route of the week at one hundred and twenty-one miles in length. Previous editions of the SSDT show that Thursday can often be decisive in deciding the ultimate winner, so by the close of play today the rider who will eventually lift the famous trophy on Saturday may become more apparent.