Tom Brennan has vowed that his “rapid progress” is down to the experience of racing for Great Britain.

The Swindon-born star won his first major title British Under-21 Championship at Redcar last week after a high-class unbeaten six rides.

Brennan, 20, will now turn his attention back to GB duty in the European Pairs Championship final in Macon, France this weekend.

He will team up with Adam Ellis and Chris Harris, the trio having impressively won the semi-final in Hungary earlier this month.

Brennan said: “The experience of racing with Great Britain is priceless really. It was brilliant to get the result in Hungary but the knowledge I gained from that is probably even more important.

“It definitely gives you experience and belief in your own ability. Plus you get to be around the Great Britain backroom team and top riders like Adam and Chris. It’s so vital to see how they deal with big events.

“I’ve no doubt that sort of preparation and know-how helped me in the British Under-21 final. That was very special to me.

“But now that meeting has gone. It’s now about getting a result for GB in France. To get a gold would be incredible, that would make it a brilliant month for sure.”

Brennan has overcome a huge amount of adversity over the past couple of years, including a bad leg and collarbone break. That means the success clearly feels sweeter after all the fighting back to get fit.

He added: “There have been hard times, psychologically. When the injuries first happen, you know you have a long time to get back fit again.

“But I’ve been lucky to have so much support from my partner and our families. On top of that Great Britain and my clubs have done all they can.

“The GB team can’t do enough for me and it’s great when I can repay the faith with results. Now I’ve just got to keep progressing. That starts in France and hopefully another very positive outcome.”