SHEFFIELD TIGERS: Heroic Tiger savours relaxation tapes

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SHEFFIELD No 1 Josef Franc has hailed Saturday night as “the best night of my career” as he stunned the world with an outstanding display in the Czech Republic Gand Prix.

The diminutive 33-year-old, at his home GP in Prague’s Marketa Stadium, caused shockwaves by winning three of his five qualifying heats to make the semi-finals where he eventually bowed out.

Franc beat four world champions, the highlight a stunning win against Jason Crump, Greg Hancock and Tomasz Gollob, who possess six world titles between them.

He went from last to first in a remarkable opening lap and said: “I didn’t even know they were there. I knew there were a couple of good guys in the race, but not who.

“I just go in there, try my best, make the start and try to race.

“Beforehand I wasn’t really that nervous. I was very chilled but don’t know why. But I was just so calm and tried my best at the tapes to relax and just do the job.”

But he admitted he didn’t expect to do as well as he did.