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|Monday 30th May 2016|
Aces On Fire In Bank Holiday Scorcher
A beautiful afternoon signalled the arrival of Belle Vue’s hotly anticipated grudge match with Coventry, in which the northern powerhouse settled the score to the tune of a 50-42 victory.
After the disappointment of letting a favourable lead slip at Brandon on Friday, the Rentruck Aces needed no encouragement to ensure they retained a maximum league haul in Manchester.
As the Bank Holiday crowds basked in the sunshine the Mancunians set to work on dismantling their opponents, a feat which is becoming rather familiar to our boys in the red, white and black.
The tradition of breaking track records was upheld in style and then some by club No.1 Matej Žagar, who is now officially the fastest man around the NSS in a blistering time of 59.8 seconds.
New track record holder Matej Zagar leads Scott Nicholls, Krzysztof Kasprzak and Chris Harris (IC)
The sensational Steve Worrall produced the ride of the afternoon in Heat 4 however, after being dealt an unwanted 15-metre handicap for breaking the tapes in the initial staging of the race.
But together with brother Richie the younger of the twins produced a stunning display, first picking off guest Bee Ashley Morris before hunting down James Sarjeant to collect a jaw-dropping 5-1.
The pride he felt in his side’s achievement was evident in the eyes of the skipper Scott Nicholls, the last seven days proving to be more than productive in their ongoing Elite League campaign.
He said: “We got ourselves a good lead early on but fair play to Coventry, they clawed it back and kept us honest to the end. There’s nothing more satisfying than winning on home turf though.
“Having already lost here to Swindon, and after coming so close on Friday, a result like this is exactly what the doctor ordered. We were fired up for this one and I think the outcome proves it.
“The track rode well today. It’s changing a lot at the moment and I think it will continue like that for the next few meetings. It’s certainly not an advantage for us at the moment but it will come soon.
‘It bodes well for the rest of the season. It was a good performance from all the lads today. We dug deep and put in the effort when the chips were down, and the crowd was just unbelievable.
“After building up such a convincing lead it would've been disappointing to give up the consolation point, but that didn’t happen and at the end of the day we got the full three points safely in the bag.
“Even despite the slow start to our season, we have started things exceptionally well. Our away form has been great and we just need to continue to gradually build that home momentum up.”
RESULT - MONDAY MAY 30TH
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Matej Zagar 11+1, Steve Worrall 9+1, Max Fricke 7+1, Scott Nicholls 7+1, Richie Worrall 7, Craig Cook 6+1, Joe Jacobs 3
Coventry ‘Buildbase’ Bees
Krzysztof Kasprzak, 11+1, Jason Garrity 8+1, Danny King 7, James Sarjeant 6, Chris Harris 5+1, Kacper Woryna 3+1, Ashley Morris (G) 2+1
|Saturday 28th May 2016|
Belle Vue's Bank Holiday Bonanza
There’s nothing quite like a good Bank Holiday bust-up between two teams willing to put everything into their racing in order to achieve the goals they set out for themselves over fifteen heats.
For the home team, it’s a case of defending their turf from anymore would-be victors. For the away team, it’s a case of taking advantage of what they know of the track to deny their hosts the win.
Friday night saw the Belle Vue Aces surrender a 9-point lead to Midland rivals Coventry, eventually going down 46-43 though still securing a vital league point as they continue playing catch up.
But the fact they have matches in hand could well play to the Mancunians’ advantage as the season kicks on with roughly 10 points currently separating them from league leaders Lakeside.
The next week in particular will present to them a crucial test as they prepare for two consecutive meetings at the National Speedway Stadium, where home advantage is yet to be established.
An element of revenge will no doubt find its way into the club’s Bank Holiday Bonanza on Monday when the visiting team just so happens to be none other than the Buildbase Bees themselves.
Both teams are expected to be at full strength for this tasty clash of the titans with the exception of Coventry’s Josh Bates, who remains sidelined as a result of injuries sustained at Sheffield.
Richie & Steve Worrall hit the front at Coventry last night (IC)
Elite Draft Reserve Steve Worrall said: “It was disappointing to finish second best on Friday after we started so well but there’s nothing we can do about that now, we’ve just got to regroup.
“Obviously Coventry will be coming to our place with some confidence. For myself, it was a tough evening to stomach because I had a few mechanical issues while I was in a scoring position.
It’s frustrating because failures like that seldom happen when you’re at the back. Thankfully it was nothing serious and come Monday we’ll be aiming to make up for the points we lost at Brandon.
“With the team in the situation we are, having so many matches in hand, it could play into our hands because we’ve not had half the matches other clubs have and we’re still on the way up.
“I’m sure the Bees will be glad to have their top man Kasprzak back but I think we’ve proved we’re more than a match for clubs like Coventry and naturally we want to win in front of our home crowd.
“It’s true we’re still establishing our home track advantage but the spirit and the atmosphere in the camp is good and we’re confident the track conditions will come to us sooner rather than later.”
TEAMS - MONDAY MAY 30TH
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Matej Žagar; Max Fricke; Scott Nicholls (C); Richie Worrall; Craig Cook; Joe Jacobs; Steve Worrall
Team Manager: Mark Lemon
Coventry ‘Buildbase’ Bees
Krzysztof Kasprzak; Jason Garrity; Danny King; RIDER TBC; Chris Harris (C); Kacper Woryna; James Sargeant
Team Manager: Gary Havelock
|Saturday 28th May 2016|
Lemon: "Our Boys Deserved More"
Mixed emotions filled the Belle Vue pits on Friday when the visiting Aces went down 46-43 to the Coventry Bees, though they still managed to claim a vital league point in their ongoing title chase.
It was clear from Heat 1 that the Buildbase Bees were out to defend their honour at home with a vengeance, having had a somewhat patchy start to their season, and wasted no time in proving it.
A powerful start to the meeting by Rentruck Aces' frontman Matej Žagar and Max Fricke was soon negated by the Coventry duo of James Sarjeant and Kacper Woryna; a taste of things to come!
Max Fricke top-scored for the Aces with 11+2 (IC)
The northern powerhouse has however proved they are not so easily dispatched, if their performance at Poole was anything to go by, and quickly set to work in recovering their lead.
Twins Richie and Stevie Worrall looked to be relishing conditions on the Brandon circuit as they raced to their first 5-1 of the campaign in Heat 4, besting the Sarjeant/Branford duo to do so.
And so the tone was set, but as the meeting approached the halfway stage the Belle Vue boys clung only to a mere 3-point lead which they saw evaporate into a 5-point deficit with three to go.
It was down to Žagar and Cook to play damage control in Heat 13 against a reinvigorated Bees septet, but things ultimately came down to a last-heat decider with just three points in it.
In the end, it was the home guard who claimed maximum spoils on the night and Aces team boss Mark Lemon agrees that while it wasn't the desired result, he couldn't fault the efforts of his team.
He said: "Coventry rode well but I wouldn't say they rode exceptionally well. They had the fortune on their side and we didn't. We had a few engine failure and mechanical gremlins that plagued us.
"Of course we're disappointed with the result but in a sense we can be satisfied. You build yourself up because your travelling so well and the form's good, and the boys deserved more from tonight.
"Early doors we seemed to have a handle on things but then fortune just seemed to turn on us. That's speedway though, and it's not an eventuality that you can foresee ahead of the meeting.
"We still came away with a point and in this game points mean prizes. We witnessed some great racing from all the boys tonight and particularly Coventry's Danny King and Chris Harris in Heat 14.
"Those were some brave laps put in by those boys and when we thought we had the advantage in the final race, they gave a courageous display and I think that's what won the them the meeting."
RESULT - FRIDAY MAY 27TH
Coventry "Buildbase" Bees 46
Chris Harris 13+1, Kacper Woryna 8+1, James Sarjeant 7+2, Danny King 7, Jason Garrity 6+1, Fredrik Lindgren 5+1, Rob Branford 0
Belle Vue "Rentruck" Aces 43
Max Fricke 11+2, Craig Cook 8, Matej Zagar 7+2, Richie Worrall 7+1, Scott Nicholls 4, Joe Jacobs 3+1, Steve Worrall 3+1
Elite League points: Coventry 3 Belle Vue 1
|Thursday 26th May 2016|
Colts Prove Points Mean Pressure
Belle Vue’s National League side continued to enhance the pressure on their table-topping rivals this evening after emphatically claiming another league point against the Isle of Wight Warriors.
Despite losing 46-44, the Cool Running Colts achieved their minimum criteria at the Smallbrook Stadium in their continuing quest to qualify for the end of season Play Offs later on in the year.
As far as meetings go proceedings, were fairly routine; the strength of both clubs reflected in the sheer number of shared heats. In fact over 50% of the spoils were split evenly between the two.
Kent’s James Shanes proved to be a key guest for the visitors in place of powerful heat leader Lee Payne, who missed out on the journey south due to his Premier League commitments with Redcar.
The 19-year old completed his night on 9+1 closely followed by Belle Vue’s own Rob Shuttleworth (pictured right), who almost mirrored that score with 9 of his own to keep the home guard from running away.
Skipper Matt Williamson again led his side from the front. Dropping just two points from his five sensational rides, the Bury-born racer is back on top form after a difficult start to the campaign.
Co-Promoter George Carswell said: “It was a tough meeting. We ran them very close from start to finish and though we could’ve sealed the deal in the last race, I can’t argue with a result like that.
“There were a few surprise packages tonight. Mark Baseby was absolutely flying for the Warriors though with the greatest respect we never imagined he would. He was the key difference for them.
“To be honest, their whole team was solid from top to bottom. Ellis Perks, though not performing quite as we expected was a consistent guest and not one of their guys finished the night on zero.
“It’s for reasons like this that we couldn’t maintain the lead. They refused to let us get away in the same way that we refused to let them get away from us. Both teams were difficult to contain.
“It was a steep learning curve for the likes of Joe and Dan but these guys are in unfamiliar territory, and we’re more than confident that once they settle down they’ll step up and do what they do best.
“Rider choice for Heat 15 proved to be a difficult decision regarding who was to partner Matt. We went with James because towards the end of the night he was going that little bit better than Rob.
“That’s not a reflecting on his efforts though because every single one of our boys did exceptionally well. Matt especially seems to have his mojo back. He’s determined and doing very well right now.”
RESULT - THURSDAY MAY 26TH
Isle of Wight ‘Wighlink’ Warriors 46
Mark Baseby 11+1, James Cockle 10+1, Ellis Perks 7+1, Tyler Govier 6+1, Lee Smart 6, Kelsey Dugard 5+2, Matt Saul 1
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts 44
Matt Williamson 13, James Shanes 9+1, Rob Shuttleworth 9, Dan Bewley 6+1, Tom Woolley 4, David Holt 3+1, Joe Lawlor 0
|Friday 20th May 2016|
British Final - Tickets on Sale
It’s the fixture fans of British Speedway have been raving about, tickets for the 2016 British Final scheduled for June 13th at the National Speedway Stadium are now on sale.
A bumper crowd is expected to descend on Manchester as Britain’s best face off for the prestigious national title and the chance to earn a call up to the British GP on July 9th as the coveted wild card.
A quartet of stars from Belle Vue, Steve Worrall, Richie Worrall, Craig Cook and seven-time British Champion Scott Nicholls, triumphed in their qualifier at Glasgow’s Ashfield Stadium on Sunday.
Belle Vue's Craig Cook, Richie Worrall, Scott Nicholls & Steve Worrall (IC)
The meeting was won by the Tigers’ own Richard Lawson, while former Belle Vue rider Simon Stead won the first round of qualifications at Scunthorpe’s Eddie Wright Raceway last Friday.
They will be joined by the finest field of British talent, including exciting youngsters Kyle Howarth and Jason Garrity, as well as GP regular Chris Harris and GB International Robert Lambert.
The familiar faces of Josh Auty, Richard Hall, Paul Starke and Ben Barker also impressed in their respective qualifiers to earn their place amongst the star-studded cast of title contenders.
Rounding off the sixteen-strong field, seeded through as the meeting’s two wild card choices, are British Speedway veteran Danny King and present British Under-21 Champion Josh Bates.
With current British Champion Tai Woffinden electing not to defend his crown, it means a new national hero will ascend the podium’s top step, but who that may be is yet to be determined.
Belle Vue CEO David Gordon said: “The British Final is without question the biggest meeting on the national calendar and Belle Vue Speedway is honoured to be hosting such a significant event.
“The competition increases exponentially from one year to the next, and the two recent qualifiers have yielded a very strong line-up which guarantees we will see racing of he highest calibre.
“Four of the club’s own riders will be taking part. That’s a quarter of the field taken by a Belle Vue rider which is a tremendous achievement, and we hope the fans turn out in force to support them.”
|Wednesday 18th May 2016|
REFUND UPDATE - POSTPONED MEETINGS
Belle Vue Speedway wish to advise that we are processing all ticket refund requests for postponed meetings in date received order as quickly as the process allows, and customers can be assured that all such requests will be honoured.
The Club sincerely thank supporters for their patience and understanding during this process
|Tuesday 17th May 2016|
BSPA TO HOLD BRITISH FINAL FANS FORUM
SPEEDWAY fans will get the chance to quiz some of the sport's star names at a special British Final Fans Forum in the Peter Craven Suite at Belle Vue’s National Speedway Stadium on Wednesday June 8, from 7.30-9pm.
And in an exciting move, the forum will be streamed live online with fans also able to tweet their questions to the panel using the hashtag #speedwaygbfansforum via @speedwaygb - the British Speedway Promoters’ Association twitter account.
The event, which is five days before the showpiece meeting, is set to attract plenty of interest across the country with Belle Vue and Glasgow man Richie Worrall on the panel of guests alongside Sheffield’s former Aces man Simon Stead.
They will be joined by Belle Vue’s former British Champion Chris Morton MBE and club Chief Executive Officer David Gordon. Sky Sports presenter Nigel Pearson will host the evening.
Aces man Worrall said: “When I was asked about this I immediately jumped at the chance to be on the panel. It’s a great way to mix with the fans and for fans around the country to see it love online.”
British Speedway Chairman Keith Chapman said: “This is an exciting development and a good way to build-up to the British Final on June 13 where we want to see a packed stadium which, in turn, will help create a great atmosphere for Sky Sports.”
Entry for fans is FREE, but only via registration through email email@example.com by Monday, June 6. Please provide your name and address plus the name of up to two guests.
British Final #speedwaygbfansforum - Information
When: Wednesday June 8, 7.30-9pm
Where: Belle Vue Speedway, Peter Craven Suite, National Speedway Stadium, Gorton M12 4WB.
Who: British Finalists Richie Worrall and Simon Stead, 1983 British Champion Chris Morton MBE, Belle Vue CEO David Gordon, Sky Sports presenter Nigel Pearson.
How: Register your details via email to firstname.lastname@example.org