Tai Woffinden is officially the youngest man ever to win three Speedway world titles, and he did it the only way he knows how – with drama, shredded nerves and ultimately, victory.
Not only did he claim his third world crown in front of his rival’s home crowd in Poland, but he did it with what he thinks is a broken foot and by winning the event itself too. All in a night’s work for Woffinden.
He needed 12 points on the night to seal the deal and it was going according to plan right up until he ploughed into the safety fence at scarily high speed in his third race. 20,000 fans silenced, 20,000 hearts in mouths and an eerie silence punctured only by panic. Surely he couldn't throw it away?
Well Tai's fans didn't need to panic. He got up, raised a smile, dusted himself down and went on to clinch the title in his semi-final race, beating title rival Bartosz Zmarzlik in the process. That’s winning the Woffinden way.
Barely able to walk, he somehow managed to climb aboard his machine one last time and take a stunning tapes-to-flag win in the final to win his second GP in a row.