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|Thursday 23rd October 2014|
Newsletter Issue 70 Available
Issue 70 of our newsletter is now available to download, collecting together all the latest news and photos.
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|Thursday 16th October 2014|
Site Preparations Gain Ground
The Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces are revving up for a new chapter in their history as the site setup of their new home at the prestigious National Speedway Stadium finally commences.
The development, which will lie at the heart of the new Belle Vue Sports Village in Gorton, is a significant aspect of the East Manchester Regeneration Framework.
The entire project, which also includes a new Basketball Performance Centre and three multipurpose all-weather pitches, will be completed in early Spring 2016.
A world of possibility awaits thereafter as Belle Vue prepares to reclaim its image as leisure capital of Manchester, with the opening of the state-of-the-art venue in time for the new speedway season.
Stadium contractors ISG began moving machinery onto the site last Tuesday as part of their initial site preparations ahead of construction.
CEO David Gordon welcomed the news as a “huge milestone” nearly seven years after proposals for the purpose-built circuit were initially drawn up in late 2007.
He said: “After years of hard work and patience, we are absolutely delighted to see the builders moving equipment onto the site.
“Because of the scale of the development the overall setup will take approximately 4-6 weeks.
“But that’s something all large projects have to adhere to, and this has been factored into the overall timescale of the build.
“It will enable the contractors to do what they need to do in the most efficient manner, so that by 2016 we will have a stadium worthy of its national status.”
Chris Morton added: “Belle Vue Speedway will have its own marketing office on site and once it’s up and running, we’ll be inviting fans nationwide to drop in and see us.
“Detailed plans of the project will be on display in the office, while representatives of the club will be on hand to discuss the many commercial opportunities the stadium will offer.
“And for those who’ve been enquiring, we will be relaunching the ‘Buy A Brick’ campaign and supporter membership packages.
“This is history in the making, and we want the fans to be a part of it with us.”
Updates on the progress of the stadium will be issued weekly for the duration of the build via our website and social media.
|Tuesday 7th October 2014|
NSS Breaking - Diggers Move In
Earlier this morning construction materials and machinery began moving onto the site of the new National Speedway Stadium, home of the Belle Vue Aces.
Over the next few days, contractors ISG will continue their preparations of the site in anticipation of breaking ground on the project next week.
More detailed information to follow soon...
|Saturday 27th September 2014|
Morton Praises 'Committed' Zagar
Belle Vue boss Chris Morton has praised the commitment of club No.1 Matej Zagar in his performance at Thursday's Elite League Riders' Championship in Kings Lynn.
The World No.5 had endured a gruelling international schedule in the days leading up to the event at the Norfolk Arena, which included a double header for the Rentruck Aces last Monday.
Fresh from his GP Challenge victory in Italy last Saturday, Zagar travelled to Poland on Sunday for a meeting with his Ekstraliga club, Stal Gorzow, but the meeting was postponed due to inclement weather.
He then jetted into the UK on Monday and subsequently flew back to Poland on Wednesday, before returning to Britain for the ELRC on Thursday evening.
Matej Zagar (CS)
Morton said: "We had initially arranged for Matej to fly into the UK on Wednesday, ready for the ELRC on Thursday, but we had to make alternative arrangements after Gorzow were forced to stage their rained off fixture on Wednesday.
"Considering the first race of the ELRC started at seven thirty and his flight didn't get into Stanstead until ten past five, we knew things were going to be tight; but the referee was very accommodating of the situation.”
Zagar made short work of his five qualifying races with four heat wins, and 12 big points seeding him straight through to the grand final.
An exclusion in his second ride robbed him of a potential 15-point clean sweep when the referee booted him out of the race for exceeding the two-minute time allowance.
And he just missed out on a podium finish after a heated battle with Leicester's Jason Doyle eventually relegated the Slovenian ace to last; a disappointing end to a very promising evening.
Morton continued: "Matej was looking forward to the meeting, and in the main body of the match he was stunning; the top man, practically unbeaten and naturally disappointed not to be on the podium.
"But what really impressed me about him on the night was that he put in a solid effort and gave it everything he had for Belle Vue Speedway and his fans here in the UK.
"It was a big commitment for him with the schedule he's running to, but he knuckled down and got on with it and made the club very proud."
Zagar's hectic itinerary extends into this weekend as he prepares to tackle the Scandinavian Speedway GP tonight in Sweden.
Only 15 points stand between him and world championship gold ahead of the Grand Prix series' penultimate round at Stockholm's Friends Arena, where the Belle Vue No.1 last year claimed silver.
Now, twelve months on, hes looking to go one better.
Said Morton: "His current form has been absolutely outstanding. I know Grand Prixs are tough meetings and that there's several riders more than capable of winning one.
"But Matej is definitely capable of getting into the final tonight; whether he'll win it, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens."
|Thursday 25th September 2014|
BEN Fund Collection
The collection for the Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund carried out at Monday's meeting raised a total of £358.48.
We would like to thank supporters for their generosity and also the members of the 99th Garrison Star Wars Costuming Group who carried out the collection.
Garry Stead pictured with Boba Fett, Boushh, Jawa, Princess Leia and a Shadow Trooper from the 99th Garrison. (CS)
|Thursday 25th September 2014|
Zagar in ELRC Tonight
Matej Zagar will be Belle Vue's representative in the Elite League Riders’ Championship which takes place tonight at King’s Lynn.
Skipper Scott Nicholls was also due to take part but now misses out due to a rearranged semi-final fixture clash with his Polish club.
The complete line-up will be as follows:-
ELRC: Bjarne Pedersen (Eastbourne), Davey Watt (Lakeside), Matej Zagar (Belle Vue), Maciej Janowski (Poole), Chris Harris (Coventry), Vaclav Milik (Poole), Richard Lawson (Lakeside), Hans Andersen (Coventry), Peter Kildemand (Swindon), Dakota North (Swindon), Rory Schlein (King’s Lynn), Jacob Thorssell (Wolverhampton), Jason Doyle (Leicester), Danny King (Birmingham), Troy Batchelor (Swindon), Robert Lambert (King’s Lynn).