SWINDON skipper Troy Batchelor put in a stunning performance to win the Elite League Riders’ Championship at King’s Lynn this evening.
While his fellow Robins Dakota North and Peter Kildemand managed six and three respectively, with the Dane pulling out after his fourth ride, Batchelor was always in contention for the title after scoring 12 from his five qualifying rides before storming to victory in the final ahead of Maciej Janowski and Jason Doyle.
The Aussie went off the inside in the final and made a lightning gate to lead the field home, securing the title for the first time in his career at a track he graced regularly in his youth.
Kildemand and North were the first Swindon riders to emerge as they came to the tapes for heat four, with Dane Kildemand looking to find some drive round the outside but struggling to make his way past reigning champion Rory Schlein through turn two, as North was cut adrift at the back.
Batchelor made a good start before enjoying a ferocious battle with Doyle over four laps, but had to settle for second behind his Australian teammate in his opening ride.
Kildemand was out in heat five, but saw his challenge ended early as he came together with Harris and finished last, before North was third in heat six after going wide in turn one.
Batchelor won his second outing with ease, ahead of Rory Schlein after Zagar was excluded for missing the two minutes and then petulantly rode through the tapes, before popping out the gate in his third to move onto eight points from three rides.
Kildemand was again frustrated as he finished third in his third outing, leaving him a lot to do on three points, while North’s night also ended after his third ride as he could only manage a single point to leave him on two.
The Aussie soon doubled his tally with a second in outing number four, before Batchelor and Kildemand met in heat 16 as they took on Poole pair Maciej Janowski and Vaclav Milik. It was the Pirates duo who claimed first and second as Batchelor trundled to third while Kildemand retired and withdrew from the meeting.
Batchelor won his final ride ahead of North to end on 12, with his teammate finishing on six, as the Robins skipper was forced to go through the semi-final after recording less heat wins than Zagar.
He was joined by Pedersen, Janowski and Andersen, but made a fast gate to lead Pole Janowski home and make the final where he went off the inside to claim the crown.
SEMI-FINAL: Batchelor, Janowski, Pedersen, Andersen.
FINAL: Batchelor, Janowski, Doyle, Zagar