Kenny de Ketele and Moreno de Pauw reasserted their Six Day dominance by becoming maiden Series champions after a dramatic final few laps in Mallorca.

After taking two season victories in London and Amsterdam, the pressure was on for the Belgian pair to continue their fine form, this time forced to test their credentials across one day as opposed to six.

But it was a challenge they rose to in excellent style, claiming the trophy after the last lap of the 60-minute Madison chase – the dream way to round off the Six Day Series campaign.

The two weren’t without competition in Palma however, with Spanish duo Albert Torres and Sebastian Mora Vedri coming agonisingly close to a historic victory on home boards.

But they were able to take an exceptional second place, much to the delight of a buzzing home crowd, while Dutch duo Wim Stroetinga and Yoeri Havik rounded off the podium.

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"We're really happy, happy to take the win as it was one day, something special and new for us," said de Pauw.

"We had to change the tactics a bit from Six Day racing, so we're absolutely very happy to get the win."

The Spanish pair got the night started on the best possible note, raising the roof almost immediately with everything to play for as each team started with zero points to their name.

That quickly saw Torres and Mora Vedri take the lead with a superb 20-minute Madison, earning the first lap of the competition to set their stall out for the rest of the evening.

Both the Belgian and the Dutch teams kept them on their toes though, pulling back their own lap, but the home favourites weren’t going to lie down, the first team to cross the line and begin a thrilling evening.

New faces were to emerge in the second race however, as Tristan Marguet and Claudio Imhof of Switzerland took points race honours with 26 to their name, finishing the race strongly to hold off the field.

Their nearest challenge came in the shape of Morgan Kneisky and Benjamin Thomas of France, on 23 points, while Torres and Mora Vedri kept their noses in front with a third-place finish.

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Their good form was to carry on in the subsequent team elimination, with the top three beginning to take shape as the Spaniards finished second, bettered only by Stroetinga and Havik, while de Pauw and de Ketele took third.

That left everything to play for come the final Madison chase, leaving the honour of the very first Six Day Series champion well and truly up for debate.

After an early blitz, the race settled down into an intriguing tactical battle across 30 minutes, all before the late drama of a race to-ing and fro-ing.

De Pauw and de Ketele took the first honours with a lap, but Torres and Mora Vedri as well as the Dutch duo were hot on their spokes, also taking a lap of their own as the race, event and Series drew to its closing stages.

But, just as he had done in London last autumn, de Pauw defied tiring legs to launch a late assault on the line, taking the spoils by the narrowest of margins, ending their season on top of the world.

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