TOM Sagar has been crowned European Enduro champion.
The Newtown-based ace lost his British crown this season after ending third in the series but a storming campaign on the continent ensured the 2015 European title.
Sagar ended the 2014 European Championship nine points off champion Maurizio Micheluz to fuel his desire to mount a sustained challenge this year.
Victory in Croatia and Finland before clinching the title in style with a double victory at the series ending round in Germany.
Sagar said: “After three years of trying to win the title this year I finally sealed the deal. I'm still shocked that I've done it, to be honest.”
“I felt I could do it in round three in Finland. I didn’t have the best start to the season in Italy with Maurizio Micheluz untouchable, winning both days.
“Winning the second round in Croatia gave me the kick I needed, so I headed to Finland determined for a repeat.
“Finland was definitely the turning point and also the best I rode all season. I left there feeling like I could be champion.”
Sagar hopes to defend his European title and reclaim his lost British crown in 2016 but expects a challenge on both fronts.
“Obviously claiming the overall European title is the high of the season. Having a decent result at the ISDE also has to be one of the highs as I always seem to have really bad luck during the Six Day event.
”It’s taken three years to get to this point so I’m looking forward to starting the 2016 European series as champion with the number one plate.”
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