SWINDON’S Simon Belcher stormed to victory in the Pro Stock class of the European Jet Sport Championship last weekend.

Belcher, who retained the crown he won last season after 18 years away from the sport, battled back from a mechanical issue in the first of three events on the Eau d’Heure Lakes in Belgium to pick up wins in the next two races.

With a win required in race three to lift the overall title, Belcher set his sights on the front, and when American rider Troy Snyder – the points leader going into the race – missed a turn buoy, he dropped to sixth position and Belcher was free to take the crown.

“I’m obviously delighted to retain my European title against some very tough, and very experienced, competition”, said an elated Belcher.

“It wasn’t easy by any means, sixth place in the first race after a boost hose blew off wasn’t the start we needed at all.

“But after winning race two, the championship was back in our sights, and the win in race three sealed the Pro Stock title.

“It’s a great achievement, and winning last season after 18 years away was a dream come true, but to make it back-to-back titles really is fantastic.”