EMIL Sayfutdinov has been crowned European Champion.

The Russian star raced to a 15-point maximum in the qualifying heats in the fourth and final round of the series in Czestochowa on Friday night to secure the title.

Despite crashing out of the Grand Final in spectacular fashion, he finished six points clear of Denmark’s Peter Kildemand in the final standings. Nicki Pedersen took the bronze medal overall.

Winner on the night in Czestochowa was Russian Grigory Laguta, who led home Pedersen and Kildemand in the re-run of the final following Sayfutdinov’s exclusion.

Final standings: Sayfutdinov 54, Kildemand 48, Pedersen 44, Martin Vaculik 39, Janusz Kolodziej 38.