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|Wednesday 23rd July 2014|
Our meeting on Monday 18th August will now be a double header:
Belle Vue v Lakeside, immediately followed by Belle Vue v Eastbourne.
The meeting will start at 7-15pm
|Tuesday 22nd July 2014|
Kids have a Ball at Belle Vue
Despite the heartache of recent weeks, the Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have kept their heads held high to make life just that little bit more exciting for young children up and down the country.
Last week they welcomed Poltair School, all the way from St. Austell, Cornwall, to Kirkmanshulme Lane with a speedway spectacular against Wolverhampton.
For many of the kids it was their first ever visit to a speedway meeting, and so impressed were they by the end of the night that riders from both teams were inundated with requests for photos and autographs.
Children from Poltair School meet the Aces
Not one hopeful face was turned away, and the group left the stadium that evening already contemplating a return trip next season!
But it was the visit of the Chernobyl Children's Life Line from Oldham that captured the imagination of the club and, indeed, the fans.
For more than 10 years the charity has carried out a recuperation programme which brings children from the contaminated regions of Belarus, Ukraine to British families for rest and convalescence.
As a special treat, Councillor Norman Briggs invited a small group from the CCLL to Belle Vue Speedway on July 7th to witness the final hurrah of the Birmingham Brummies.
Chernobyl Childrens Life Line with Craig Cook
The youngsters, who spoke very little English, had no idea what to expect from their visit, but both staff and riders alike rose to the occasion from the moment they arrived.
They were given the full VIP treatment including a tour of the pits, a goody bag each, photo opportunities, and centre green viewing of the racing which, by all accounts, made quite an impression.
Franz Novotny, who accompanied the kids to Belle Vue, said: "Your staff made us all very welcome and the Belle Vue Aces were very supportive towards the children who, of course, were very impressed with the racing!
"We hope that our visit will help spread the word about the work we are doing to help children just like them living in the seriously contaminated regions of Belarus.
"We thought you might appreciate this little video about our children's visit to the speedway fixture."
A short film of the visit can be viewed here: Chernobyl Childrens Life Line visit to Belle Vue
|Monday 21st July 2014|
Aces Disappointed in Defeat
Belle Vue's undefeated home record lies in tatters tonight after Elite League title-chasers Swindon battered them down to a 41-49 defeat in one of the closest meetings in Manchester so far.
The Rentruck Aces found themselves playing catch up right from the word go as the visiting Robins capitalised on an uncharacteristically slow start from the home team to take control of the meeting.
But the Aces were determined not to go down without a fight.
A stunning Heat 11 5-1 from Scott Nicholls and Craig Cook was quickly followed by a fantastic 4-2 from Michael Palm Toft and Stefan Nielsen in Heat 12. This gave the home side a vital glimmer of hope as they levelled the meeting at 36-36 with three heats to go.
It was a hope short lived however as the men from Blunsdon stepped up their game and claimed one heat advantage after another to bring the score to 40-44 with one heat remaining.
A draw was the best the Rentruck Aces could hope for to preserve their proud home record, but a final 5-1 from the Swindon duo of Troy Batchelor and Peter Kildemand was the final nail in the coffin.
Scott Nicholls was the Aces top-scorer (CDS)
Captain Scott Nicholls said: "It was just one of those nights where we got beaten by a better team. We can't take anything away from Swindon because they rode fantastically well and we knew from the start they were going to be exceptionally tough to beat.
"We believed we could win, and I still believe we could've done, and all the boys did the best they could but in the end we just didn't do enough, and honestly there's no major reason as to why.
"Matej had a tough night by his standards, as did a couple of the other lads, but he's only human after all. We've always said that we win as a team and we lose as a team, and tonight I think it's fair to say we can't point the finger at any one individual.
"We could sit here and question every race throughout the whole night but it isn't going to change anything now. That was our first defeat of the season at home, which was tough to stomach, but we'll keep our chins up and come back stronger for the next one."
Team manager Jason Attwood added: "I think I've got to hold my hands up to be honest. I decided at the beginning of the meeting to take gates one and three, which is a decision that's worked in the past, but unfortunately it's come back to haunt me tonight.
"At the moment I'm lost for words. I was proud of the home record we had here because there was a faint hope that we could've made a go for the play offs, but that hope has now been taken away from us."
Tonight's Top Scorers:
BELLE VUE 41
Scott Nicholls 12, Stefan Nielsen 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Matej Zagar 6, Craig Cook 5+1, Richie Worrall 3, Lee Payne 0
Troy Batchelor 11, Steve Worrall 11, Peter Kildemand 10+2, Dakota North 6, Simon Gustafsson 6, Nathan Greaves 3+1, Nick Morris 2+1
Elite League points: Belle Vue 0 Swindon 4
The full scoresheet will follow
|Monday 21st July 2014|
Aces 41 Swindon 49
The Aces unbeaten home run has been brought to an end by Swindon Robins tonight.
The Aces were 4 points down going into heat 15 and still had the chance of a draw, but Swindon scored a 5-1 to take the win 49-41.
Aces scores: Scott Nicholls 12, Stefan Nielsen 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Matej Zagar 6, Craig Cook 5+1, Richie Worrall 3, Lee Payne 0
The full scoresheet will follow
|Sunday 20th July 2014|
Newsletter Issue 63 available
Issue 63 of our newsletter is now available to download.
In this issue we have news, scores and photos from last week's meetings, plus former Ace Larry Ross on his visit to Cardiff.
Click here to go to the newsletters page and download a copy
|Friday 18th July 2014|
Coventry 52 Aces 39
The Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have lost their Elite League meeting at Coventry tonight 52-39.
Coventry: Hans Andersen 12+1, Michael Jepsen Jensen 11+1, Kenneth Hansen 8, Chris Harris 7+4, Aaron Summer 7, Tom Perry 4+1, James Sarjeant 3
Belle Vue: Matej Zagar 10, Stefan Nielsen 9, Scott Nicholls 8, Michael Palm Toft 6, Richie Worrall 5+2, Lee Payne 1+1, Craig Cook r/r
Elite League points: Coventry 3 Belle Vue 0
Click here for the full scoresheet
|Friday 18th July 2014|
Friday Vue - No Payne, No Gain
Belle Vue reserve Lee Payne is determined to pick up from where he left off at Coventry tonight as the Rentruck Aces journey south to Brandon for their penultimate away fixture against the Buildbase Bees.
The 27-year old rode the race of his life in Heat 9 against Wolverhampton on Wednesday when he lead the way to a crucial 5-1 along with his partner in crime Stefan Nielsen.
The heat advantage, described by Aces boss Jason Attwood as "the race that turned things around", was Payne's first Elite League heat win since joining the club back in May.
He said: "I'm absolutely over the moon to get my first heat win at Belle Vue. I'd had a couple of tough meetings beforehand so it felt really good to bounce back like that.
"I've never been out in front on this [Kirkmanshulme Lane] track before. But I made a good start and got myself into the lead, and it felt so much easier than being stuck behind everyone.
"I just kept thinking 'another lap, another lap' and I'm so happy that I managed to hold on and get the win!
"I can feel myself improving. I've not been to many Elite League tracks before so it has been a steep learning curve, but I'm absolutely made up after Wednesday and it's given me so much more confidence going into tonight."
With the Bees only 8 points ahead of them in the table, and 4th placed Eastbourne only 10 points ahead, a comfy win tonight could see the Rentruck Aces start to really ramp up the pressure on their rivals in their quest for a place in the play-offs.
A faultless home record will be critical to their success however, and when 2012 Elite League Champions Swindon swoop into Manchester for the first time on Monday, July 21st, a full strength Aces side will be raring to meet them.
The Robins, who have struggled somewhat on the road, have a habit of taking their opponents to the wire when they travel and have managed to snare a handful of points for their efforts in the past.
Their most formidable performance so far this season was their 42-48 loss to Kings Lynn at the Norfolk Arena, when they became the first team to swipe a consolation point from the table-topping Stars.
The Rentruck Aces' confidence at home has grown exponentially with each victory however, and their complete demolition of such powerhouses as Poole and Wolverhampton was nothing less than convincing.
It's this home turf dominance that the Swindonians will be all too aware of ahead of this mouth-watering clash.
Team Line-Ups Monday 21st July
Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces:
Matej Zagar, Michael Palm Toft, Scott Nicholls (C), Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Stefan Nielsen, Lee Payne
TM: Jason Attwood
Swindon 'Excalibur Communications' Robins:
Peter Kildemand, Dakota North, Nick Morris, Simon Gustafsson, Troy Batchelor (C), Nathan Greaves, Steve Worrall
TM: Alun Rossiter
|Tuesday 15th July 2014|
Speedway World Cup Race-off Tickets
With the 2014 Speedway World Cup on the horizon, Belle Vue Speedway Ltd. has been given 50 free tickets for the Race-Off Event on Thursday 31st July in Bydgoszcz, Poland (Sector B seating, see stadium plan below).
The two teams placing 2nd and 3rd from Events 1 & 2, in Kings Lynn and Vastervik respectively, will roar into battle at the magnificent Polonia Stadium intent on claiming the fourth and final place in the SWC Final on Saturday 2nd August 2014.
Tickets are available on a first come first served basis, and any fans that are interested in taking us up on this one-of-a-kind freebie will be required to provide the following information:
Date of Birth
Passport/Driving License No.
From five days prior to the event all tickets will be available for collection from the Polonia Bydgoszcz Speedway office, where you need only present your ID and the club will release them to you.
To register your interest, please email the required information to firstname.lastname@example.org before July 27th 2014.