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Wednesday 29th July 2015
Lemon: 'Still Lots to be Done'
Belle Vue bounced back in style from their Norfolk heartbreak to claim a stupendous 52-37 victory over the Lakeside Hammers, despite significant resistance from the visitors in the early stages.

Inclement weather around Greater Manchester in the days leading up to the meeting almost resulted in yet another postponement, but for the sterling efforts of the club's track staff.

Deja vu engulfed the stadium in Heat 1 when, fresh from their epic battle with Coventry, the Hammers stormed the circuit to snatch an emphatic 5-1 ahead of Matej Zagar and Max Fricke.


Steve Worrall & Max Fricke lead Lakeside's Max Clegg & Richard Lawson  (IC)

But the efforts of the Purfleet posse were no match for the dominant Rentruck Aces who quickly responded to the threat they posed to subsequently reclaim a hefty handful of heat advantages.

The sense of solidarity in the squad was reflected in the consistency of their scores, and Stefan Nielsen in particular turned heads with a credible 5+4 in the wake of a gnarly crash last week.

A bizarre twist in Heat 13 saw both Zagar and Andreas Jonsson excluded for separate incidents while at the gate; the former for a tapes infringement and the latter for moving at the start.

Of the controversy, team manager Mark Lemon said: "I wanted clarification from the referee as to what happened and he said Matej touched the tapes, but that 15-metre handicap didn't hurt us.

"The Hammers came here oozing confidence in the wake of their draw against Coventry but I can't fault the performance of my boys tonight. They dug deep and delivered the perfect result.

"The position we find ourselves in right now means it's hard not to pressure them, knowing the importance of being victorious at home, but to be honest they put enough pressure on themselves.

"It's a fine balance, for me, to get it right and keep the vibe in the pits positive but I think here we've achieved that because at no point did heads drop; even when we were down by 4 points.

"It was a struggle for us early doors to get rolling but as the evening progressed the gates swung in our favour. We never panicked all night and the final result is a true reflection of our effort.

"We know there's a lot at stake, and certainly a lot to be done, between now and the play offs but I think it emphasises in our performance that we're definitely pushing in the right direction."

Taking the maximum three league points on the night, Belle Vue once again leapfrog the Swindon Robins into play off contention after the Blunsdon outfit were defeated 54-36 by the Poole Pirates.

Scores - Wednesday, July 29th

Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces 52
Craig Cook 10, Max Fricke 9+3, Steve Worrall 9, Matej Zagar 7+1, Scott Nicholls 6+2, Josh Grajczonek 6+1, Stefan Nielsen 5+4

Lakeside 'Vortex' Hammers 37
Mikkel Bech 12, Andreas Jonsson 11+1, Edward Kennett 6, Max Clegg 5, Richard Lawson 3, Lee Payne 0, Kim Nilsson R/R


Wednesday 29th July 2015
Belle Vue 52 Lakeside 37
The Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have won their meeting against Lakeside tonight 52-37.

Aces: Craig Cook 10, Max Fricke 9+3, Steve Worrall 9, Matej Zagar 7+1, Scott Nicholls 6+2,  Josh Grajczonek 6+1,  Stefan Nielsen 5+4.

Lakeside:  Mikkel Bech 12, Andreas Jonsson 11+1,  Edward Kennett 6, Max Clegg 5, Richard Lawson 3, Lee Payne 0,  Kim Nilsson R/R.

Tuesday 28th July 2015
Newsletter Issue 82
Issue 82 of our newsletter is now available.

In this issue we have news, scores and photos from the Aces & Colts meetings, the latest NSS news and photos  plus a round-up of all the latest news

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Tuesday 28th July 2015
Third Time Lucky - Belle Vue v Lakeside Preview
Belle Vue boss Mark Lemon says it’ll be an “all or nothing” offensive for for his squad as they prepare to kick off a busy August with a visit from the Lakeside Hammers on Wednesday night.

The Rentruck Aces have just seven home fixtures, as well as two away meetings, in which to ensure they secure enough points to keep them in contention for the 2015 Elite League title.

Matej Zagar leads during Aces v Lakeside last season  (IC)

Now the third attempt at staging this meeting, after the original dates fell foul of the weather, the visitors will be without key riders Kim Nilsson and Ashley Birks who remain sidelined due to injury.

The hosts expect to be at full strength for the clash after club No.7 Stefan Nielsen declared himself fit to race, despite a gnarly tangle with Lakeside guest Adam Roynon at King’s Lynn last week.

Ahead of this “crucial” match, Lemon said: “When I spoke to Stefan he said nothing was broken but he did suffer severe bruising, and although he’s still sore he says he plans to race on Wednesday.

“Lakeside are up there amongst Belle Vue’s bogey teams because in the past their riders have shown quite an affinity for our track, given its similarity to their own down in Purfleet.

“Ever since their captain, Andreas Jonsson, returned from injury the Hammers have really come to the party; you only have to look at their performance against Coventry on Monday to see that.

“They’re fighting to avoid the dreaded wooden spoon and quite rightly so because that’s an ‘honour’ no club is keen to acquire, so I’ve no doubt we can expect quite the skirmish.

“Looking at results like that, we can’t assume anything other than that we will have a battle royale on our hands come Wednesday evening, but the boys are well aware of the job they have to do.

“Our home record this year has been admirable and we’re perfectly capable of continuing in the same vein against the Hammers if we’re to keep our ambitions for the late season feasible.

“In my view, a busy schedule is perfect script for us to follow provided we capitalise on the matches we have in hand and, at minimum, take maximum points from all of our remaining home fixtures.

“But the difference between guaranteeing our place in the play offs, or just missing out, could well depend on how we fair in our final two away matches at Poole and Wolverhampton later in August.

“We’ve never gone beneath the 40-point mark away from home and that’s a good reputation for us to carry into such meetings, and it just proves that we are a force to be reckoned with on the road.

“For example if we look at last week’s matches with King’s Lynn, on aggregate we out-scored the Stars by 12 points over the two legs and in bygone years we would've got a point out of that.

“Should we earn our place in the top four, I’ve no qualms with how the boys’ performance outside Manchester but in the meantime we have to focus on getting our home fixtures done successfully.”

Teams - Wednesday, July 29th

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Matej Zagar; Max Fricke; Craig Cook; Josh Grajczonek; Scott Nicholls (C); Steve Worrall; Stefan Nielsen
TM: Mark Lemon

Lakeside ‘Vortex’ Hammers
Andreas Jonsson (C); Mikkel Bech; Edward Kennett; Richard Lawson; Kim Nilsson R/R; Lee Payne (G); Max Clegg (G)
TM: Neil Vatcher

Sunday 26th July 2015
Harris Commits to Historic Opener

Belle Vue continue to roll out the big names for next year’s Grand Opening Meeting of the National Speedway Stadium with Great Britain’s Chris Harris being the latest rider to commit to the event.

A three-time British Champion, the former Aces captain is a firm favourite amongst fans nationwide particularly in his native Coventry; where he’s remained an almost permanent fixture for a decade.


Chris Harris leads Thomas H Jonasson during this year's British Grand Prix at Cardiff  (IC)

He joins Speedway Grand Prix regulars Nicki Pedersen, Chris Holder, Tai Woffinden and Niels-Kristian Iversen as a confirmed starter for the Peter Craven Memorial Trophy on March 19th 2016.

With over a quarter of the world class line-up now accounted for, Chief Operations Officer Chris Morton says the management team is thrilled with how the “historic event” is shaping up.

He said: “We want to put together as strong a field as possible for this meeting, one which could easily be compared to a Grand Prix line-up, and we’re on track to deliver that promise.

“The inclusion of Harris means that already we have filled over a quarter of that field and as the season continues it may well be influenced by the final qualifiers for next year’s GP series as well.

“Of course the Belle Vue team will also feature heavily but we aren’t just picking and choosing only our own favourites; we want to attract everybody’s favourites to take part in this historic event.”

Since the concept of a purpose-built speedway venue in Manchester was proposed in 2007, it has generated ripples of curiosity around the world; but in particular, around the Manchester area.

The National Speedway Stadium, home of the Belle Vue Aces, has continued to attract attention ever since, but never more so than this year now it has ceased to be merely an artist's impression.

Said Morton: “When construction first commenced back in February, the build effort came on incredibly quickly and ISG have been working extremely hard to keep the project on schedule.

“Now that the three primary structures are up and the steelwork is finished it’s a very exciting time for the club, and the recent open day we held at the site was a roaring success amongst the fans.”


Wednesday 22nd July 2015
NSS - Seeing Is Believing
Since the concept of a purpose-built speedway venue in Manchester was proposed in 2007, it has generated ripples of curiosity around the world; but in particular, around the Manchester area.

The National Speedway Stadium, brand new home of the Belle Vue Aces, has continued to attract attention ever since, but never more so than this year, now it has ceased to be merely an artist's impression.

On Sunday July 19th, contractors ISG together with BVA presented fans nationwide with the unique opportunity to experience the scale of the sport’s new home in Manchester for themselves.

In the one-off open day, permission was granted for an area of the construction site to be made accessible to visitors and local residents so they could view the development from close quarters.


George Carswell answers questions from visitors waiting in the queue to view the NSS construction site  (IC)

Queues quickly formed from 9:30am with visitor numbers stretching into the hundreds as excitement for the venue’s grand opening meeting next year continues to mount, while interest rapidly spreads nationwide.

Four of the world's finest athletes, Nicki Pedersen, Chris Holder, Tai Woffinden and Niels-Kristian Iversen, are already confirmed starters for the Peter Craven Memorial Trophy on Saturday March 19th 2016.

So great has been the response of the public that seats in the grandstand are now sold out. Hospitality packages, which include seating in the premium section, are still available although in extremely limited numbers.

Tickets for the stadium's terraced areas are still available but the club's recent publicity announcements, including a trip down to Cardiff for the British GP, has seen sales in this area begin to rocket as well.

The BVA management are projecting a complete sell-out for this historic, flagship event and any fans who have yet to do so are urged to secure their place in history before it's too late!

Monday 11th May 2015
Grand Opening Meeting Packages
GRAND OPENING MEETING PACKAGES

We now have full details of our hospitality and accommodation packages for the National Speedway Stadium Grand Opening Meeting....
 
Hospitality Packages
 
Fine Dining Premium Package:
Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal in the Peter Craven Suite before heading out to your premium seat in the grandstand ready for the meeting! 
 
Individual and block bookings are still available with prices starting at £65 per person and £60 per concession, or £600 for a full table of ten.
 
Already have your ticket? Upgrade for just £40 and add a dash of luxury to your day!
 
Trackside View Package:
Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal in the Peter Craven Suite while the stunning panoramic view of the action keeps you entertained!
 
Block bookings are available with prices starting at £65 per person or £390 for a full table of six.
 
 
Don’t delay though speedway fans! These packages are in short supply so book now and avoid disappointment! Full payment required at the time of booking.
 
 
Accommodation Packages
 
The Weekender Package
Make it a weekend to remember by taking advantage of our exclusive two-night accommodation package that puts you but a stone’s throw from the National Speedway Stadium!
 
From just £147 per person, including breakfast, you’ll be staying at the cosy Diamond Lodge that sits less than half a mile away from the stadium!
 
One Night Only Package
Prefer just the one night? No problem! From just £75 per person, including breakfast, you’ll be staying at the cosy Diamond Lodge that sits just a short walk from the stadium!
 
Prices for single-night accommodation are as follows:

Friday March 18th 2016:  £75 per person
Saturday March 19th 2016: £82 per person
 
The Diamond Lodge is fully equipped to cater for a broad spectrum of guests, including families and disabled customers. Ground floor rooms are available for the latter.
 
All rooms are ensuite and children 0-14 years old sharing with an adult will be £18 per night. All prices include bed & breakfast, and free on-site parking, as standard.

For bookings & information, contact us at info@bellevueaces.co or call 0161 223 7720
 
Bookings subject to availability.

Monday 27th April 2015
Grand Opening Meeting Tickets
The countdown to the biggest meeting in British Speedway is on as Belle Vue starts to gear up for the grand opening of the National Speedway Stadium on March 19th 2016.

The Peter Craven Memorial Trophy makes a triumphant return to the club’s fixture list with some of the sport’s biggest names scheduled to star in the flagship event.

Tickets for this highly anticipated event are expected to sell like hot cakes when they go on sale tomorrow at 8am sharp and fans are encouraged not to delay securing their place in history.

To book your tickets go to www.bellevueaces.co, call 0161 223 7720 or stop by the Belle Vue Speedway site office on Pink Bank Lane in Gorton.

TERRACING
Adult  £20
Concession* £16
Child*** £8
Under 12 FREE

GRANDSTAND
Adult £25
Concession* £20
Family** £80

Private boxes and track-side dining in the Peter Craven Suite are available within our exclusive hospitality packages, while accommodation packages are also available for travelling fans.

For more details, contact us at info@bellevueaces.co or call 0161 223 7720.

Due to limited availability grandstand seating, hospitality and accommodation packages will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

Fans may pay by card, cash or a cheque made payable to Belle Vue speedway Ltd.

Be There… Be Involved… Make History…


* State Retirement Age; Disabled Customers; Disabled Customer’s Carer; Students In Full-Time Education; Child 0-16 (Grandstand Only). Proof of Eligibility Required. ** 2 Adults + 2 Children. *** 12-16 Years Old