LOOKING to secure a record-extending 13th win at the Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT), Silsden's Dougie Lampkin came agonisingly close to reaching his goal as he finished runner-up at the 2019 event just two marks behind eventual winner James Dabill.

Lampkin headed into the final day of competition at the historic event in the Scottish Highlands, which he has dominated for the last seven years, trailing week-long leader Dabill by two marks after 150 sections and five days in the saddle.

Using his vast experience, Lampkin did everything within his power to make it eight victories on the bounce and looked to repeat his last-day comeback as he had done 12 months ago, when he had managed to overhaul Dabill to take his 12th win at the 2018 SSDT.

Despite applying the utmost pressure, as he rode ahead of his rival on the road, Lampkin could only match Dabill on day six as they both parted with a single dab through the closing 30 sections leaving Lampkin two marks shy of victory on this occasion.

While having done little wrong all week, the Vertigo ambassador found himself playing catch up from the first day as a single mark in the second group on Monday saw Lampkin trail Dabill, as the two-time winner went clean on the opening day.

Lampkin was to fall further behind his main rival on Tuesday, as he fell foul to a super slippery section - unused for the last two years - on his early day.

His daily score of three, all lost in the one hazard, and overall tally of four dropped Lampkin to third spot come the close of day two and four marks off the interim lead.

Some solid riding by Lampkin on day three saw him close the gap on Dabill to three marks as the competition reached its halfway point.

An unusually easy array of sections on Thursday, often regarded as the toughest day of the week, saw the leading duo remain clean on day four and as they remained locked in battle for the top spot going into the decisive two days.

Lampkin ensured it was going to be a tense finale as he parted with one mark on Friday compared to the two-mark loss for Dabill, to move within two marks of the leader going into Saturday's showdown.

Unfortunately, it was to prove an unlucky 13 for Lampkin as he missed out on the main prize this year by the narrowest of margins.

He said: "Firstly, I want to congratulate James, he has ridden well all week and has not put a foot wrong.

"To lead from Monday and to take the win will hopefully make up for him missing out on the final day last year.

"Obviously I am gutted as I came here to win and have given absolutely everything I had, so to miss out by just two marks especially after Tuesday is hard to take, but that's all part of riding the Scottish.

"I have been really happy with my riding all week and when you get to my age that is an achievement in itself. The new Vertigo Combat R has also proved itself having not missed a beat all week."

"At the age of 43 I have shown I can still fight with the best of them and I have already started to think about how I am going to take the trophy back off James next year."

The Scottish Six Days Trial, which is mainly focused on the Lochaber area of Scotland, featured 238 riders in total taking on a combination of rough moorland, rocky tracks and public roads in a Highlands weather.

Along with Lampkin, other Craven riders rose to the challenge as Aran Drachenberg (43), Tom Middleton (47), Boyd Webster (52), Nathan Wrigglesworth (55),Graham Tales (106), Alan Mudd (122) and Dan Lambert (143) all achieved good results.