SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Nielson joy as he strolls to British Under-19 title

Podium: Winner Stefan Nielson, Ashley Morris second and Joe Jacobs, third.         Picture: andy gardner
Podium: Winner Stefan Nielson, Ashley Morris second and Joe Jacobs, third. Picture: andy gardner
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DANISH-born youngster Stefan Nielsen was a class above as he romped to the British Under-19 title at Owlerton last night.

The Mildenhall racer was actually born in Esbjerg, Denmark but moved to England when he was young and now he’s the British Under-19 Champion at the first time of asking.

Nielsen was the epitome of consistency as he notched three second places and two wins to end his five qualifying races on 12 points, which sent him through to the do-or-die semi final.

He made a lightning start in the semi to win that ahead of Joe Jacobs and he joined midland duo Ashley Morris and Tom Perry in the grand final.

Ashley Morris actually topped the score-chart after the 20 qualifying heats with 14 and Perry was without doubt the outstanding rider early on.

He registered four straight victories and was only denied a fifth through mechanical failure, but it was obvious that his spare bike was not up to speed and that greatly affected him in the final.

It was Morris who made the best start in the final and looked on for the win, but out of nowhere Nielsen built up some speed and made a stunning pass on lap three to romp home to the title.

Morris finished in second and Jacobs third, leaving a devastated Perry off the podium.

Local lad James Sarjeant scored 12 but went out at the semi-final stage, while former Sheffield mascot Max Clegg got four points.

Result -

1st - Stefan Nielsen (12+3+3)

2nd - Ashley Morris (14+2)

3rd Joe Jacobs (12+2+1)

4th - Tom Perry (12+0)

Scorers: (James Sarjeant 12+1, Dan Greenwood 10+0, Ben Morley 9, Daryl Ritchings 8, Tom Stokes 7, Oliver Greenwood 6, Connor Coles 5, Max Clegg 4, Liam Carr 4, Danny Phillips 2, Michael Neale 1, Tom Woolley 1, Connor Dwyer 0, Adam Kirby 0.)