Stefan Nielsen was quick to praise the engine-tuning skills of Michael Lee following his victory in the British Under-19 championship, writes Graham Clark.
Mildenhall Fen Tigers number one Nielsen defied the odds in the unfavourable gate four during the final of this year’s championship, staged at Coventry, to land back-to-back triumphs in the competition.
While Nielsen’s never-say-die attitude shone through in abundance on the track, the Brandon-based rider was thankful for the help from Fen Tigers director and ex-world champion Lee for his mechanical handiwork.
“I am really happy that I have won back the championship, but special thanks have to go to Michael Lee who let me borrow one of his engines,” said Nielsen.
“I had used it twice before, I felt it would go well around Coventry and it felt good right from my first ride.”
Nielsen, who finished on 12 points, qualified for the final after beating Ben Morley, Oliver Greenwood and Daryl Ritchings in his semi-final.
Selecting gate four in the final, Nielsen produced a spectacular move around the outside of Ashley Morris, Ben Morley and Adam Ellis on turn two of the opening lap to take up a lead he was not to lose.
“I actually surprised myself with the move around the field — it was real heart- in-the-mouth stuff,” said Nielsen.
“Near the end of the race I ran out wide and touched the fence, if it had been in any other race I would have put the bike down.
“But I managed to put myself right and it was a massive sigh of relief when I came round that final corner still in front and crossed the line.”