Individual Speedway Euro Championship is an event, the beginning of which dates back to 2001, when Bohumil Brhel won the gold medal in Heusden - Zolder . By 2012, riders who started in the competition often weren’t seen in major international events. Only since taking the championship by One Sport it has gained prestige due to them. This year, the inauguration and the great final will be held in Poland.
Individual European Championships in 2013 gained a new quality. Instead of a one-day final, the best of riders of Europe will be fighting for the title, medals and prize money in a series of four final tournaments. And all this can be followed live on Eurosport.
One Sport – the organizer of Speedway Euro Championship and Speedway Best Pairs Cup – invited Tomasz Gollob, Nicki Pedersen and Emil Sajfutdinow to take part in the first edition. Although a few point advantage before the last tournament in Rzeszów, Nicki Pedersen didn’t win the gold medal – Martin Vaculik, who was in brilliant disposition that day, won. 18 points of Slovak and Dane’s worse day caused that “Vacul” won the gold medal of European Championship 2013. Grigorij Laguta also qualified to the 2014 series.
2014 belonged to Emil Sajfutdinow. This way Russian finished the mission which he started the season before. Then after two wins in two tournaments he was main candidate to the final win. Unfortunately he got seriously injured which caused that he ended the season. Last season, Sayfutdinov was about to finish the thing, he's started one year earlier. He dedicated the Euro Championship's gold to his father, who passed away and in the next series, Emil wanted to defend the title and write his name again in the European Championship's history.
Announced and put his word into action. SEC 2015 was once again going under the rules of „Russian Torpedo”. Sayfutdinov was performing well and stable, but most importantly – at the highest level. Brilliant round in Toruń or Swedish Kumla, where he got 18 points are the best evidence. For the second time in a row, Russian hiked on the top step of the rostrum, but as he announced, he still felt hungry for winning and in 2016 once again wanted to be the king of Europe. SEC 2016 was incredibly exhilarating and equal at the same time. Fight for the title and securing the spots for the next year, was undergoing up until the very last heat of the final round in Rybnik. Ultimately, it was Nicki Pedersen reaching for the European Champion title and double Euro Champ Emil Sayfutdinov got out of the TOP 5.
SEC 2017 was the one, when debuting riders faced those experienced in Speedway Euro Championship starts. What's interesting, there were three riders in TOP 5 of the series, who got to the finals thanks to permanent "wild cards". What's more, single rounds' "wild cards" presented a high efficiency and gathered together 43 points. Andzejs Lebedevs became the European Champion, who by the way, didn't win any of the four rounds in 2017 season. Silver was handed to Artem Laguta (Russia) and bronze went to vice-champion from 2016 - Vaclav Milik (Czech Republic).
2018 started with the victory of Jaroslaw Hampel, who scored 17 points during the inaugural round in Gniezno. Then, the riders faced each other in Gustrow, where the British rider, Robert Lambert, sensationally won. The third round of TAURON SEC 2018 was held in Daugavpils. There, Leon Madsen presented fantastic disposition as it later turned out - it was the beginning of his road to the gold medal.
The grand final of the TAURON Speedway Euro Championship 2018 took place at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów. A "one-day" track was created on the legendary Stadium. Meeting was won by Leon Madsen, who scored maximum of points (18). Jaroslaw Hampel and Robert Lambert stood on the podium as well.
Gustrow was the first arena of the TAURON SEC 2019, and at the venue full of fans, Grigory Laguta turned out to be the best. The second round took place in Torun, and the competition at Motoarena abounded in everything that is possible in speedway. Great races were mixed with falls and all this ended with Leon Madsen's victory. At the halfway the difference between Laguta and the Dane was only one point. The third round of the competition took place on the legendary track in Vojens. Due to the injury, Madsen was withdraw from the competition, which opened Grigory Laguta's way to the TAURON SEC gold medal. The Russian had his weakest performance of the season, while Mikkel Michelsen did exceptionally well. The Dane, who after the rounds in Gustrow and Torun was in the middle of the table, after the competition in Vojens grew to be a main candidate for the title.
The final of TAURON SEC 2019 again took place at the Silesian Stadium in Chorzów, and the emotions that accompanied it are indescribable. Michelsen caught up in the general classification Grigory Laguta and the gold medal was decided by an extra heat. Before it happened, the local hero - Kacper Woryna was fighting in the extra race with Leon Madsen for the bronze medal. Pole was leading, but a bike failure deprived him of the medal. In the most important race of TAURON SEC 2019, Mikkel Michelsen defeated Grigori Laguta and became the Individual European Champion.
2020 was torpedoed by a coronavirus pandemic. The qualifying rounds and the SEC Challenge were cancelled, and the TAURON SEC 2020 lineup were decided by the national federations that nominated their riders. It is worth to mention that the Individual European Championships were the first so important competitions that were held during the pandemic.
TAURON SEC 2020 had a special dimension. Five rounds of competition took place in Poland within 30 days. Robert Lambert won the title. The Brit presented an even, high form from the very beginning and two back to back round victories made the British rider take the trophy and a ticket to Grand Prix 2021. Second place was taken by Leon Madsen who set a record - three SEC rounds won in a row. The bronze medal went to Grigory Laguta.
In 2021, the competition returned to a four-round format, with riders competing in Bydgoszcz, Güstrow, Gdańsk and Rybnik. The opening round was won by Leon Madsen, who finished the final ahead of Piotr Pawlicki and Daniel Bewley. On the technical German track, Pawlicki grabbed his first victory in TAURON SEC. The tournament in Gdańsk was a Mikkel Michelsen's show, who crossed the finish line as first four times and scored a total of 15 points. The final round of the Individual European Championship was held in Rybnik. The tournament was won by Leon Madsen, but Mikkel Michelsen took the gold medal of the 2021 TAURON Speedway Euro Championship.
2022 started with the round in Rybnik, where Madsen won again, but Michelsen and Janusz Kołodziej were at the top of the interim classification with 14 points each. It was the Pole who reached for his premiere victory in Güstrow, where the second round of the TAURON SEC 2022 took place. Then, the struggle for the title of the best speedway rider of the Old Continent moved to Łódź, where Kolodziej won again. The fate of the gold medal was decided in Pardubice, where Leon Madsen reached for his second championship title in the last race of the entire cycle!
FORMER EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS BEFORE "SEC"
2012 (4 rounds) 2011 Równe 2010 Tarnów 2009 Togliatti
Aleš Dryml Grigorij Łaguta Sebastian Ułamek Renat Gafurow
Robert Miśkowiak Tomasz Gapiński Aleš Dryml Andrij Karpow
Andrij Karpow Aleš Dryml Andrij Karpow Aleš Dryml
2008 Lendava 2007 Wiener Neustadt 2006 Miszkolc 2005 Lonigo
Matej Žagar Jurica Pavlic Krzysztof Jabłoński Jesper B.Jensen
Sebastian Ułamek Sebastian Ułamek Grzegorz Walasek Aleš Dryml
Mads Korneliussen Patrick Hougaard Christian Hefenbrock Kai Laukkanen
2004 Holsted 2003 Slaný 2002 Rybnik 2001 Heusden-Zolder
Matej Žagar Krzysztof Kasprzak Magnus Zetterström Bohumil Brhel
Matej Ferjan Sławomir Drabik Krzysztof Kasprzak Mariusz Staszewski
Hans Andersen Magnus Zetterström Rafał Szombierski Krzysztof Cegielski