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Friday 4th November 2016
BSPA AGM FULL REPORT
BRITISH Speedway is ready to bounce back in 2017 – after the biggest revamp of the sport in modern history.

Club bosses have spent three days voting through plans to restructure league racing in the UK which sees both Rye House and second tier champions Somerset taking the plunge with promotion to the top flight.

And there’s good news for fans of troubled Leicester and Belle Vue with both clubs, who boast a rich heritage, ready to come to the tapes again – and at the top level.

Workington are expected to take their place in the Championship, but this is subject to confirmation.

The leagues have been rebranded Speedway Great Britain (SGB) Premiership and SGB Championship – and promotion and relegation has been introduced with the leagues coming closer together.

The winners of the Championship play-offs will race the Premiership’s bottom club to decide who rides in the 2018 SGB Premiership.

The same rules and race format, last year’s PL programme, will apply to both leagues – that means tactical rides are available when 10-points down from heats 5-12.

The injury rider-replacement rule will also now be in place in both leagues.

And the season will start with Knockout Cup meetings at both levels before the launch of the exciting new leagues.

All riders will now have one average, based on Premier League figures, for team building purposes with a 50-point limit for the top division and 40 for the Championship.

It means riders who only raced in the Elite League last season will see their average increased by 1.4 to bring them in line with Premier League averages.

The only difference in team building rules between the leagues is that Championship clubs must include a British youngster with a three-point average.

And in a bid to help young riders get team spots, any rider who hasn’t achieved a three-point average will come in on a minimum of 2.

No team changes will be permitted in either league after July 31.

The British Speedway Promoters’ Association also intend to work with the new Gerhard engine after a visit to the Switzerland base of the GTR. This will reduce costs for riders with engines typically needing a fraction of the servicing of other engines. More details will follow once the arrangement is concluded.

Promoters feel this dramatic revamp was necessary in a financially challenging climate – and whilst chairman Keith Chapman admits there is an element of cost cutting there is plenty for fans and sponsors to be excited about.

He said: “This was probably the best AGM I’ve been to in all my time in the sport.

“There was a genuine desire to try and change things and secure the future of league racing in the UK. I certainly think we have done that and I’m very excited about the months ahead.

“Every promoter acknowledged something had to be done after some very difficult times for the sport – now we’ve done something and I’m looking forward to a bright future.”

Vice Chairman Rob Godfrey said: “I believe we have achieved a total restructuring of British Speedway.

“We have created leagues which are sustainable and have a structure with promotion and relegation and the same rules.

“Now we have rebranded the sport, it’s time to deliver.”

SGB PREMIERSHIP 2017
: Belle Vue, Coventry, King’s Lynn, Leicester, Poole, Rye House, Somerset, Swindon, Wolverhampton.

SGB CHAMPIONSHIP: Berwick, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Newcastle, Peterborough, Redcar, Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Workington* (*subject to confirmation).

Two home, two away, top four into play-offs.

KNOCKOUT CUP DRAW:
PREMIERSHIP: Preliminary: Somerset v Leicester. 1st Round: Rye House v Swindon, King’s Lynn v Leicester or Somerset, Wolverhampton v Coventry, Belle Vue v Poole.

CHAMPIONSHIP: Preliminary: Peterborough v Redcar, Workington v Newcastle. 1st Round: Scunthorpe v Peterborough or Redcar, Glasgow v Workington or Newcastle, Berwick v Ipswich, Edinburgh v Sheffield.

MAJOR EVENTS VENUES:

BRITISH FINAL: TBC
PREMIERSHIP RIDERS’ INDIVIDUAL: Belle Vue.
PREMIERSHIP PAIRS: Rye House.
CHAMPIONSHIP RIDERS’ INDIVIDUAL: Glasgow.
CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS: Somerset.
CHAMPIONSHIP FOURS: Peterborough.
MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE: Keith Chapman (Chairman), Rob Godfrey (Vice-Chairman), Chris Van Straaten, George English, Colin Pratt.


Thursday 3rd November 2016
BELLE VUE ACES - OFFICIAL STATEMENT
EFFECTIVE immediately, the British Speedway Promoters’ Association (BSPA) have made the decision to revoke Belle Vue Aces’ (BVA) speedway promotion licence.


The move comes after concerns over the financial management of the Manchester-based club.


At the same time, Manchester City Council have also made the decision to not renew Belle Vue’s licence to occupy the National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue, Manchester.


Keith Chapman, Chairman of the British Speedway Promoters Association (BSPA), said: "The British Speedway Promoters Association have agreed to recommend to the Speedway Control Bureau that the present Belle Vue Speedway promotion is annulled due to their financial situation and this will take effect in the next few days.


“The Association will oversee Belle Vue Speedway's affairs until a new promotion is established working closely with Manchester City Council and we confirm that Belle Vue Speedway will participate in the Speedway top league in the 2017 season.


“The BSPA would like to thank Manchester City Council for their support and understanding in such difficult times."


Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:  “Since taking control of the National Speedway Stadium in March this year, BV Arena Ltd have also failed to meet important requirements of their agreement, including paying any rent on the property to the City Council.


“As a result Manchester City Council therefore are unable to renew Belle Vue Aces licence to occupy the building in their current position. It has also come to light that the group companies have significant debt not only with the Council but also other parties.


“The BSPA and the City Council have been in regular dialogue over the situation and both parties remain absolutely committed to speedway in Manchester, but this must be a long-term and sustainable solution for the club to ensure that Belle Vue Aces continue as the city’s speedway team.


“The City Council will now work closely with the BSPA to put in arrangements that can ensure the success of the National Speedway Stadium and develop speedway in Manchester.


“The Eastlands Trust will take over operations of the £8m National Speedway Stadium in the short term.”
A FULL statement on all decisions made by the BSPA at their AGM will be issued shortly.

Monday 31st October 2016
Gordon Steps Down As CEO
David Gordon has announced he is retiring and stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Belle Vue Speedway but that he’ll maintain his close ties with and continue to support the club in the future.

The former CEO took over the world-famous Manchester club in late 2006 together with Chris Morton and Gordon Pairman and has been in control of the iconic Aces for the past ten seasons.

In that time the team have experienced many ups and downs, but it was in the latter half of his tenure that they produced some of their best, most memorable performances in Elite League competition.

The 2015 and 2016 seasons saw the Rentruck Aces successfully qualify for the end-of-season Play Offs – even topping the table this year – while completing both campaigns with the silver medal.

And it was thanks to the collective efforts of Gordon and Morton over a near-ten year period that the building of the National Speedway Stadium, home of the Belle Vue Aces, was finally brought to life.

Despite a rocky start to its life, the venue has produced some very fine racing has played host to a variety of high-profile events such as the 2016 British Final and the 2016 Speedway World Cup.

Gordon said: “It has been a privilege to be a part of Belle Vue for the past 10 years.

“It has been exciting and at times challenging, and I wish to thank everyone connected with the club and all the supporters for what we have achieved.

"We should all be justly proud!

“I will be maintaining my close relationship with this club and I will help and support it in every way I can, and I take this opportunity to wish both the team and the fans much success in the future."


Saturday 29th October 2016
Dave Lanning
We are saddened to report that Dave Lanning, legendary speedway commentator of the 1960's, 70s, 80s and 90s, has passed away today.

Chris Morton paid tribute saying  "Personally I feel honoured and privileged to have been in some of the races commentated on by Dave Lanning, a true legend"

The condolences of all at Belle Vue Speedway go to his family and friends.






Thursday 20th October 2016
2016 Peter Craven Memorial Trophy
Belle Vue Speedway have made the decision to announce that the 2016 Peter Craven Memorial Trophy will not be run this season.

Tickets purchased for this event – which have not already been exchanged or refunded – will be valid for the re-staging in 2017, date to be confirmed, or any other 2017 Belle Vue Speedway meeting.

Customers still wishing to request a refund may do so by returning their unwanted tickets to the stadium at the following address:

The National Speedway Stadium
Kirkmanshulme Lane
Gorton, Manchester
M12 4WB