Sheffield skipper Sean Wilson celebrated a winning end to the season by taking the Teng Tools Northern Riders' Championship at Owlerton. Wilson battled with his former Bradford colleague Gary Havelock to go automatically through to the final as the top two scorers and he rarely looked troubled.

He comfortably beat Havelock in Heat 17 to book his passage into the final as the top scorer on 15 with Havelock joining him on 14. Wilson's Tigers colleague Ricky Ashworth almost joined him in the final after a brave battle.

The youngster scored 12-points - including three race wins - in his qualifying races to go through to the semi-final but he was just edged out by Adam Shields and former Sheffield favourite Sam Ermolenko. Ermolenko just got through to the semi-final after holding his nerve to beat Shields in the decisive Heat 19.

Wilson made no mistake in the final and he was joined by Havelock at the front briefly as Ermolenko enjoyed a thrilling tussle with Shields to claim third place. It was a fitting end to the season for Wilson who added the title to that of Premier League Riders' Champion he picked up a month ago.

He said: "I'm really pleased to end the season like this because if last week's cup disappointment against the Isle of Wight was my last meeting it would have been a long, hard winter. Now I feel really pleased about it all and I'm so thrilled to have won this meeting against some of the top Elite League boys.

"I'd like to say thanks to all the Sheffield fans, they have been with me all season and I think we will be back stronger and tougher next year."

 

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