Dougie Lampkin marked the mid point in the 2007 World Indoor series with a below par fifth place at round five of the championship held in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon late last night. Lampkin's total of twenty two marks was the same score that had netted him a more satisfying fourth position in Barcelona last Sunday, but this time it left him some way off the pace. With his Japanese team mate having out placed Dougie once again, Fujinami now leads his British rival by three points in the overall standings.
Lampkin's evening was defined by a series of failures on the step part of the sections, with Dougie recording no less than four maximums in the seven observed hazards. One more mark on observation and a defeat in the head to head race added two more marks to a score that was six marks too many to take him through to the final.
Whilst Dougie had little to smile about, there was cheers of other sorts in the Repsol Montesa HRC team as the newly recruited Toni Bou took his fourth win of the season to put himself eight points clear at the head of the championship with just four rounds remaining. The series moves on to Milan next Saturday, then to Minorca the following weekend, with a short break before the long trip to Argentina, and then back to Europe for the final event in Madrid in mid March.
Although not having enjoyed the best of results in the first half of the campaign, Lampkin will be looking for a better run of fortune in the closing competitions, with third place in the championship still being very much within reach.
Slightly down beat, Lampkin summed up his evening with a brief comment. " I was poor on the steps tonight, it wasn't that they were massive, but with the short run ups I was just not on it. In the first section where everyone, but Bou fived it, I was so close, but ended up slipping backwards off the sump guard. If that had gone the other way who knows what would have happened, but it didn't and from that point forward things went steadily down hill."
Current championship standings:
- 1: Bou - 43
- 2: Raga - 35
- 3: Cabestany - 29
- 4: Fujinami - 27
- 5: Lampkin - 24
- 6: Fajardo - 22
Dougie Lampkin's next event: 17/02/07 Saturday - Milan, Italy Rnd 6 World Indoor Chp.