Halsey roars to riders’ title

STAR PERFORMER: Championship winner Dan Halsey, who is flanked on the left by Ben Morley, and on the right by Steve Worrall
STAR PERFORMER: Championship winner Dan Halsey, who is flanked on the left by Ben Morley, and on the right by Steve Worrall
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Dan Halsey celebrated the biggest individual win of his career on Sunday as he triumphed in the National League Riders’ Championship.

Putting in a near-immaculate performance the Mildenhall Fen Tigers skipper topped the standings with 14 points from his five rides, one ahead of pre-meeting favourite Steve Worrall at Rye House.

After the opening two rounds, Cradley Heathens star Worrall established himself as the man to beat posting two race wins to put him in pole position by a point from Halsey, fellow Fen Tigers star Joe Jacobs and Dan Greenwood.

The lead was to change hands in heat nine which saw Worrall, Jacobs and Halsey all clash on track.

With making the gate essential on what was a slick surface, Halsey did just that to get the jump on both Jacobs and Worrall, who finished second and third respectively.

Two heats later, Kent Kings star Ben Morley joined in the battle after posting his second win to move him on to seven points and into a share of second with both Worrall and Jacobs.

Knowing that two wins from his final two outings would secure the title, Halsey moved himself that one step closer with a third race win of the afternoon when holding off the persistent challenge of Jon Armstrong.

Worrall ensured that Halsey was going to be made to work for the title win by taking the very next heat, while Jacobs slipped back to fourth after losing out to Ben Morley in heat 15.

With Worrall completing his book of rides in heat 18, a win which saw Morley finish second and end his title chances, the pressure was then placed upon Halsey in the 20th and concluding 
heat.

But he coped magnificently, holding off a strong challenge from Clegg to keep his calm to become the first Fen Tigers rider to win the title in more than a decade.

“It is definitely the biggest accolade I have ever won as there were a fair few good riders in that field including Steve Worrall, so I am chuffed to bits,” said Halsey.

“When I came off after beating Joe and Steve in heat nine I said to myself this is it I have got to put my head down and get the job done.

“Everyone left me alone before my final ride but my dad told me I could do it and I knew if I made the start that once I got in front I would have it.”