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Tuesday 19th August 2014
Readmission Statement
As the double header on Monday became a single meeting, the rain off ticket has a value that is the difference between the entry cost at a single meeting (£16.50 adult, £11.50 concession, £6.50 child, £40 family) and the entry cost of a double header meeting (£25 adult, £18 concession, £10 child, £60 family).

This ticket can be used for entry to a double header meeting for the cost of a single meeting price.

Alternatively, it can be used for entry to a single meeting at a discount. The discount will be the difference between a single meeting price and a double header price, which is £8.50 adult, £6.50 concessions, £3.50 child, £20 family. (To pay:  Adult £8, Concession £5, Child £3, Family £20)

This gives flexibility of use and represents having had the Lakeside meeting at a standard cost.

Tuesday 19th August 2014
Victorious Aces left Swamped by Downpour
The weather once again won out over Manchester as last night's double header at Belle Vue was postponed after just 12 heats.

The Rentruck Aces had all but dominated their opening match against Lakeside, surrendering only two overall heat advantages to bring the score to 42-33 by Heat 12.


Lee Payne and Stefan Nielsen on their way to a heat 9 5-1  (IC)

A tasty race between Craig Cook and Lewis Bridger ensued in Heat 13 before the latter came to grief on turn three and clattered into the air fence at speed.

But as the track staff attended to the damaged fence, a torrential downpour unleashed its wrath over Kirkmanshulme Lane and brought proceedings to a standstill.

A considerable amount of rain fell in a very short period of time and although attempts were made to blade off the wet material, the damage had already been done and a unanimous decision was made to abandon the meeting.

Captain Scott Nicholls said: "We gave a good, solid team performance tonight and we were looking very strong, it's just such a shame that we had that downpour.

"It wasn't for long but because it was so heavy, and because the track here is so slick anyway, it made conditions quite dangerous.

"My only concern at that point was rider safety; forget the dates, forget the meetings, forget the results. If the track isn't safe to ride, that's my only concern.

"You could tell by the mannerisms of the riders that nobody was comfortable with carrying on after that. It's disappointing for the fans, as it is for us, but I think the correct decision was made.

"Of course there are still positives we can take from tonight. We've had two disappointing home losses before now, but we really stepped up our game and brought home a solid win; we just have to keep this form on for the next meeting."

Whilst the Lakeside result does stand at 42-33 in favour of Belle Vue, pressure continues to build on the Rentruck Aces as they struggle to find suitable re-staging dates for a handful of their home meetings they were forced to postpone.

Dates for Coventry, Kings Lynn, Swindon and Eastbourne once again are still yet to be agreed with the clubs concerned, and will be communicated once all parties are in agreement.


Tonight's Top Scorers

BELLE VUE 42
Scott Nicholls 9, Matej Zagar 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Craig Cook 6+1, Lee Payne 5, Stefan Nielsen 4+2, Richie Worrall 3

LAKESIDE 33
Rory Schlein 10+1, Richard Lawson 9, Adam Ellis 6+2, Lewis Bridger 6, Kim Nilsson 2, Daniel Halsey 0, Davey Watt R/R

Abandoned after 12 heats – RESULT WILL STAND; Elite League points: Belle Vue 3 Lakeside 0

The full scoresheet will follow



Monday 18th August 2014
Aces 42 Lakeside 33
The Aces double-header meeting against Lakeside and Eastbourne has been abandoned after heat 12 of the Lakeside meeting after heavy rain fell.
The result stands with a win for the Aces 42-33

The Eastbourne meeting will be re-staged, Re-admission details will follow.

Aces scores for the Lakeside meeting :-
Scott Nicholls 9, Matej Zagar 8, Michael Palm Toft 7, Craig Cook 6+1, Lee Payne 5, Stefan Nielsen 4+2, Richie Worrall 3.

Sunday 17th August 2014
7pm start for Monday's Meeting
A reminder that Belle Vue's double header meeting on Monday August 18th will start at 7pm.

The turnstiles will be open by 6pm with the first fixture, versus Lakeside, due to get underway at 7pm, the agreed admission prices of Adults £25; Concessions £18, Children £10 and under 12's free will cover both meetings.

Programmes will be available as usual with an additional insert for the Eastbourne fixture, while the original programme from the rained off Eagles fixture in June will be available at £2.

As a result of an injury sustained on Friday 15th August, Lakeside will operate Rider Replacement for Davey Watt


Team Line-Ups (Revised)
 

Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces
Matej Zagar, Michael Palm Toft, Scott Nicholls (C), Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Stefan Nielsen, Lee Payne
TM: Jason Attwood

Lakeside 'Vortex' Hammers
Davey Watt R/R, Richard Lawson, Lewis Bridger, Kim Nilsson, Rory Schlein (G), Daniel Halsey (G), Adam Ellis
TM: Neil Vatcher

Eastbourne 'Lifestyle' Eagles:
Bjarne Pedersen, Timo Lahti, Cameron Woodward (C), Joonas Kylmakorpi, Mikkel Michelsen, Adam Ellis (G), Daniel Halsey
TM: Trevor Geer

Saturday 16th August 2014
Saturday Vue - Homeward Bound
In the wake of the unprecedented storms that have swept across the UK, Belle Vue have a very busy few weeks ahead of them to ensure they complete all of their scheduled home meetings on time.

They will close off their August fixtures on Monday with the highly anticipated double header against Lakeside and Eastbourne, with the action set to get underway at the earlier time of 7pm.

It will be a stern test of endurance for the Rentruck Aces as they prepare to tackle 30 heats of intense racing, while their opponents journey to Manchester with their own agendas in mind.

Both the Vortex Hammers and the Lifestyle Eagles are locked in an almighty scrap with the Swindon Robins at the top of the Elite League table, with each side vying for that elusive place in the play offs.

Four points is the difference between the three sides, but as the Blunsdon boys are out of action until Monday they are in real danger of being booted out of the top four should Eastbourne swipe a couple of points from their home meeting tonight.

Chief Operations Officer Chris Morton is resolute that his side can and will prove to be a real spoiler in Monday's melee however, and insists they must finish their season with pride following last night's disappointing 59-31 defeat at the Arena Essex Raceway.

He said: "Of course we were disappointed with last night, and it's now absolutely imperative that we get back on track and up our game in these last few meetings that are left.

"Lakeside and Eastbourne are two very capable sides around our track and we know that Lakeside especially seem to enjoy riding Belle Vue, but we certainly won't be taking either of them lightly after the two defeats that we've had at home.

"I think it's fair to say we've enjoyed some really good racing in Manchester this year and I don't think thats going to change, but losing even those two meetings at home is unacceptable for the quality of the team that we have.

"The important thing for us at this point is to step up to the plate and get back to winning ways and see out the season on a high, and I believe the riders are capable of beating both of these teams on Monday.

"I don't imagine they'd see the meeting as a daunting task so much as something they can look forward to and enjoy, we just need to keep our fingers crossed for some good weather!"

Neither visiting team will be at full strength when they arrive at Kirkmanshulme Lane following a series of unfortunate events both on and off the track.

The Hammers are currently sweating on the fitness of captain Davey Watt after early indications suggest he sustained a foot injury in last night's clash, while 20-year old Ben Morley misses out due to his National League commitments with Kent.

He will be replaced at reserve by Eastbourne's Danny Halsey while ex-Belle Vue captain Rory Schlein will deputise for dynamic dane Mikkel Bech Jensen, who's been ruled out after a mountain biking accident in which he sustained a wrist injury.

But it's the Lifestyle Eagles who were dealt the heaviest blow of all in the injury stakes after losing their formidable reserve Lewis Blackbird.

The 27-year old suffered a badly broken leg and a broken ankle whilst making his debut for Grindstead in Denmark, and has been ruled out of all racing for the rest of the season. He will be replaced by Lakeside's Adam Ellis.


Team Line-Ups     Monday 18th August

Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces
Matej Zagar, Michael Palm Toft, Scott Nicholls (C), Richie Worrall, Craig Cook, Stefan Nielsen, Lee Payne
TM: Jason Attwood

Lakeside 'Vortex' Hammers
Davey Watt (C) TBC, Richard Lawson, Lewis Bridger, Kim Nilsson, Rory Schlein (G), Daniel Halsey (G), Adam Ellis
TM: Neil Vatcher
 
Eastbourne 'Lifestyle' Eagles:
Bjarne Pedersen, Timo Lahti, Cameron Woodward (C), Joonas Kylmakorpi, Mikkel Michelsen, Adam Ellis (G), Daniel Halsey
TM: Trevor Geer

Friday 15th August 2014
Lakeside 59 Belle Vue 31
The Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have lost their Elite League meeting away at Lakeside tonight 59-31.

The Aces were without Matej Zagar, who is in Latvia for the Grand Prix tomorrow and Craig Cook who was riding for his Premier League club Edinburgh,  Josh Grajczonek and Stuart Robson were brought in as guests for them.

Tonight's scores:

LAKESIDE: Lewis Bridger 13+1, Ben Morley 11+1, Adam Ellis 8+1, Davey Watt 7, Richard Lawson 6+3, Danny King 5+2, Kim Nilsson 5

BELLE VUE: Scott Nicholls 10, Stuart Robson 5+1, Michael Palm Toft 5+1, Stefan Nielsen 5+1, Richie Worrall 5, Josh Grajczonek 1, Lee Payne 0

Elite League points: Lakeside 3 Belle Vue 0

Tuesday 12th August 2014
Pressure On as Weather Wins Out
The awesome power of mother nature last night claimed yet another evening of racing from Belle Vue as the club comes under increasing pressure to find suitable re-staging dates for their rained off fixtures.

Residual rainfall from ex-Hurricane Bertha was scheduled to sweep across Manchester during the course of the morning, with the worst of the weather clearing up in time for tapes up.

But as is typical of the British climate, the exact opposite unfolded. Following a relatively clear morning, heavy rain began to fall in the afternoon which effectively ruined all of the track preparation that had previously taken place.

And despite assurances that the showers would pass, things only went from bad to worse for the Rentruck Aces as the weather system stubbornly refused to let up.

Chief Operations Officer Chris Morton said: "When we arrived at the track in the morning everything was fine, and even despite the odd shower forecast for Gorton we were confident that the circuit could take what was predicted.

"But when those showers arrived at about 2:30pm it turned into over an hour of continuous rain, which was heavy on occasions, but it did ease off and at that point we were considering the risks of trying to run the meeting.

"Unfortunately it then started raining even heavier to the point where the track was completely saturated; and it became obvious that we were going to struggle after that, and we knew any more showers would be a disaster.

"In the end we had to admit defeat despite everyone's best efforts and with the condition of the circuit after such prolonged heavy showers, it was the right thing to do; but it's so frustrating because we need to get these meetings on.

"It's always very tempting in the wake of unpredictable weather to take a chance and hope for the best, but ideally we needed at least a couple of hours of clear weather to get the track back into shape; but we just didn't get that opportunity."

With the end of the season fast approaching, the Rentruck Aces are working flat out behind the scenes to try and re-schedule not one but three fixtures that have so far fallen victim to the elements.

A fourth will be taken care of on Monday, August 18th, when Belle Vue prepare to host a double header against Lakeside and Eastbourne.

The Eagles were originally scheduled to visit Kirkmanshulme Lane on June 2nd. But the meeting was washed out by bad weather and with few options available, all parties concerned agreed to the scheme.

The turnstiles will be open by 6 o'clock on the night with the first fixture, versus Lakeside, due to get underway at 7pm, and the agreed admission prices of Adults £25; Concessions £18, and Children £10 will cover both meetings.

Programmes will be available as usual with an additional insert for the Eastbourne fixture, while the original programme from the rained off Eagles fixture in June will be available at £2.


Team Line-Ups To Be Confirmed...