Dougie Lampkin wins on home turf

Craven Herald: Jacob Snowdon hands over funds raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance Jacob Snowdon hands over funds raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Silsden’s Dougie Lampkin made one of his rare trial appearances on Boxing Day at Howden Wood, where he won the hard-course class riding his Gas Gas machine in the Bradford DMC contest.

He lost a single penalty in his winning ride, beating his cousins Dan and Ben Hemingway, plus talented Denby Dale teenager Jack Price.

Five members of Dougie’s famous family contested the Silsden-based trial, including cousin James Lamp-kin and brother Harry Lampkin.

On the 50/50 route consisting of hard and easy sections, Barrow-ford’s Phil Scott held the ace card over Stanbury fabrication engineer Gavin Thornton, while Idle class B youth rider Joe Faunthorpe really turned on the style to take third place. Colne’s Neil Sharp won the Clubman class.

* Lothersdale’s Nathan Parker won the hard course youth category on his Ossa machine at Richmond Motor Club’s Albert Shaw Memorial Trial in Reeth.

* Ian Austermuhle rode to victory on Saturday at Dob Park in the Yeadon-Guiseley Motor Club’s annual charity trial but the winners were the Yorkshire Air Ambulance support fund, who gained a magnificent £777.54 from the motor cycle trial event.

The cash haul did not end at the point though because 12-year-old Silsden schoolboy Jacob Snowdon had done his own collecting and handed over a further £143.61.

The youngster also competed and won his class, riding his new 125cc Beta machine.

The competitors travelled from Shropshire, Lincolnshire, County Durham and Lancashire, as well as from across Yorkshire.

A total of 117 competitors from the age of six to 70 took part in the trial.

Austermuhle travelled from Mal-ton to beat Ben Hemingway and East Morten’s Martin Crosswaite in the expert class, while Guiseley fielded all three Inter award winners.

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