Looking to secure his third SSDT win Beta’s James Dabill remains in control as the 2018 edition reached its halfway mark on the wettest of the three days to date. Dabill dropped his first mark of the week to move three marks clear of his nearest rival and reigning SSDT champion Dougie Lampkin.
While Lampkin currently represents Dabill’s biggest threat, the 11-times SSDT winner had to fight with technical issues all day long. This included an almost hour long roadside repair at the bottom of Big Dar’s Burn where Lampkin incurred his three-mark total for day three after he was forced to literally push his bike through the end cards as his engine dramatically lost power at the critical moment.
Local hero, Scorpa’s Gary Macdonald remains in touch of the leading duo, losing a single dab on day three, the highest placed Scottish rider sits three marks behind Lampkin in third on a total of seven marks.
2005 SSDT winner Sam Connor continues to produce his best riding in the Scottish Highlands and holds fourth position on eight mark. World Championship regular Gas Gas’s Jack Price currently completes the top five with a tally of ten marks, a score shared by sixth placed Andrew Chilton – .
Just one mark separates the next four riders, Ross Danby, Jack Sheppard, Iwan Roberts, Richard Sadler. Reigning Trial2 World Champion Iwan Roberts – deserves a special mention being the only ride to complete day three without incurring any penalties and is riding himself back up the order despite suffering the effects of a recent illness.
Despite his machine problems Lampkin continues to head the Over 40 class going into day four, carrying a seventeen-mark advantage over his younger cousin Ben Hemingway who is perfectly poised if Dougie’s technical issues continue.
On a highly respectable total of 39 marks, Emma Bristow – Sherco rightly holds her place inside the top 30 overall and is by far the best female rider at the halfway mark.