Oxford's Czech sensation Lukas Dryml today won the World Under-21 Championship, after a dramatic run-off, held at Slany in his native Czech Republic yesterday.

He joined a very select group of individuals to become only the fifth Oxford team member to win a world championship medal, and only the third to win an individual title after the likes of Hans Nielsen (World Champion), Simon Wigg (World Longtrack Champion) as well as Todd Wiltshire and Leigh Adams (World Team Cup).

Lukas is sure to receive a heroes welcome when he returns to the UK to ride for Oxford in their crunch play off decider at Peterborough on Monday evening.

A delighted Vanessa Purchase was the first to add her personal congratulation saying: "I know I speak for everyone at Oxford Speedway when saying: Well done Lukas!"

She also paid tribute to his other achievements. "This has been a huge year for Lukas in the Grand Prix and now with this title under his belt he can only go on to even better things".

Dryml won the title after a run-off with Krzysztof Kasprzak in Slany, Czech Republic as both riders tied on fourteen points. David Howe was the highest British rider with twelve points to finish third, Chris Harris was fourth on eleven and Oliver Allen was down the field with five points.

World Under-21 Final, Slany:

Lukas Dryml 14
Krysztof Kasprzak 14
David Howe 12
Freddie Eriksson 11
Chris Harris 11
Rafal Kurmanski 10
Lukas Jankowski 9
Hennig Bager 8
Kenneth Bjerre 6
Chris Slabon 5
Oliver Allen 5
Tomas Suchanek 4
Jernej Kolenko 4
Antonio Lindback 3,
Denis Sajfutdinow 2
Daniel Davidsson 1