THE skies above Howden Wood, Silsden, cleared for the annual battle of the giants of Yorkshire trialling in the Bradford Motor Club's Boxing Day Trial.

Top of the bill was Dougie Lampkin, who kept cousins Ben and Dan Hemingway at bay after a tense three lap battle in the depths of the woodland high above Silsden.

It was a tight top six after a dozen greasy sections. The former world champion rattled off three laps while keeping an eye on Alfie Lampkin, who just pipped Alice Minta on the 50/50 route.

Danny Gamble matched Ben Hemingway all the way to the last section when he took a single mark.

Louis Haley galloped away with the inter class heading Thomas Rushton and Sam Boocock.

The Yeadon resident knows how to make a Montesa work well and along with Jamie Stephenson tops the class on many a weekend.

Neil Sharp dropped a mark on the rocky loop at section eight but won the novices class.

As usual Robert Hardisty and Phillip Hammond headed the easy route runners. Hammond won despite dropping a boot on the final section near the start. Pete Hollingworth and Bradford treasurer Stephen Wilde were a distant third and fourth.

A local man, East Morton's Martin Crosswaite, was also in action on Boxing Day, competing in West Leeds Motor Club's Presidents Trial at Post Hill, Farnley.

In winter at this venue, tyre grip is at a premium and making the most of what grip there was Crosswaite, who took the premier award losing just five marks for the 39 sections.