Sidecar racer Kerry Williams came within a couple of gears of snatching a dramatic comeback win in Belgium.
The Melton classic sidecar rider lost out in Gidinne by just two-tenths of a second after a blistering chase in the Camathias Cup series.
Partnered by passenger Simon Wright, from Oakham, standing in for his injured wife Jennifer, Williams was delayed by a pile-up at the start line when the outfit directly in front stalled.
While the front-runners got away, Williams was patiently picking his way through the debris and the pack of bunched-up riders.
But with the challenge sprung, he passed rider after rider until the leader was in sight.
He was gaining on the leader at more than two seconds per lap, but an error on the final bend cost him his chance of victory, leaving him to settle for second place and the consolation of clocking the fastest lap.
Williamns said: “We picked them off one by one and then began to reel in the leaders.
“We got closer and closer and on the last lap we were up with them.
“On the last corner, I outbraked them and went inside him, but as I put the power down I realised I was in second gear and went back behind.
“It was one of my most exciting races.”
Two weeks before, the husband and wife team recovered from a first lap spin to pick up fifth and second place finishes in the Camathias Cup at Donington Park.
The results mean they are handily placed in second overall going into the final round at Cadwell Park later this month when Jennifer returns.
“We will be hoping to go for a win at our home circuit,” he added.
“If we can pull off a couple of wins we can hopefully take the championship, too.”