MOTORBIKE riders from the district have scooped a hat-trick of titles this year.

Scott ‘Splinty’ Campbell, Simon Robinson, and Alan Armstrong, all from Haltwhistle, have excelled in their respective North-East regional championships.

Scott won 12 races during five meetings at venues across the region, including the Croft Circuit at Darlington, to secure the super twin championship.

It comes 12 months after he lifted the 2018 Scottish Lightweight Championship at East Fortune in Scotland.

“It’s great to win,” he said. “We all invest a lot of time, energy and money into the sport we love.

“This one is particularly special because, for various reasons, I haven’t been able to compete as much I’d have liked to this year. I have only competed in five meetings, but I’ve won 12 races, and never finished out of the podium positions, which is good going.”

Scott also excelled north of the Border, competing in two Scottish meetings, and winning four races.

The 34-year-old has also tested himself in competitions elsewhere. Last week, he travelled down to Brands Hatch in Kent, but after perfoming well at the qualifying stage, and earning poll position, Scott ran into mechanical issues.

“My clutch went in the practice start,” he said. “I couldn’t take advantage of my poll position. It was a wasted trip.”

Simon has won the North-East Sidecar Championship, and also the Formula Sidecar Racing Association’s (FSRA) F2 Cup title.

It’s been an incredible two years for Simon, who only made the transition from passenger to driver in 2017. His latest success follows on from a fruitful 2018, when he won the Melville Club Championship, came joint second in the Melville Open Championship, and won the Marin Sidecar Cup on their way to the Scottish Sidecar Racing Club Championship title.

He praised the input of his three passengers, who have contributed their vast circuit knowledge during the course of the year.

Alan made it a Haltwhistle treble by wining the Pre Injections 600 North East Championship, after a series of dominant performances against seasoned opposition this year.