For riders who have won direct qualification to the next SEC series, from Challenge join riders, which takes place a few weeks before the inaugural round. It is a guarantee that the best riders in a particular year will compete for the title of European Champion. In the past years some riders after a very successful season lost their shape and were not so successful. In SEC, such cases are excluded.
In season 2016, riders fighted in Olching (Germany) for qualification to the tournament of Speedway Euro Championship. But before that happens, they had to go through the qualifying rounds. The first of them held on the 30th April in Debrecen, Hungary, where in 2014 the races were held in SEC Challenge. Next, the other riders moved to the Austrian Mureck, Liberec (Czech Rep.) and Zarnowica (Slovakia) where the last qualifying round took place. Thus, they joined the top five of the season 2015 so Emil Sajfutdinow, Nicki Pedersen, Antonio Lindbaeck, Martin Vaculik and Janusz Kołodziej.
After the SEC Challenge in Olching, One Sport so the organizers decided who will start in the whole series with permanent wild card. Wild cards got: Runner - up of SEC, Vaclav Milik, Andzejs Lebedevs and Grigorij Laguta
Individual European Championship 2018 calendar:
1st semifinal - 26.04 - Balakovo (Russia)
2nd semifinal - 28.04 - Gorican (Croatia)
3rd semifinal - 28.04 - Debrecen (Hungary)
4th semifinal -28.04 - Pardubice (Czechia)
SEC Challenge - 05.05 - Lonigo/Terenzano (Italy)
1st final - 23.06 - Gniezno (Poland)
2nd final - 154.07 - Güstrow (Germany)
3rd final - 18.08 - Daugavpils (Latvia)
4th final - 15.09 - Chorzów (Poland)