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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).

Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Belle Vue Bow Out
It was a mixed bag for Belle Vue last night as they brought their season to a close with an emphatic 48-42 victory over the King’s Lynn Stars, and a heavy 40-53 hammering at the hands of the Coventry Bees.

The hotly anticipated double header had the potential to lift the Rentruck Aces above Wolverhampton and up to seventh in the standings; provided they could nab maximum points from both meetings.

And the home team had payback very much in mind for each of their southern rivals after their previous home encounters ended in two substantial defeats.
 
After a somewhat stuttered start the Rentruck Aces soon found their rhythm against league favourites King’s Lynn who, as the evening went on, found themselves missing the awesome firepower of the absent Niels-Kristian Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre.

But with only two points standing between them and the top of the table, the Stars soldiered on valiantly until a Heat 14 victory for Richie Worrall put paid to any musings they could reclaim the No.1 berth.


Richie Worrall leads Chris Harris   (IC)

From there Belle Vue captain Scott Nicholls believed his team were more than capable of following up one victory with another, however it didn't take long for Coventry to lay that idea to rest.

The Bees more than overpowered a seemingly deflated Rentruck Aces side in the second showdown of the night, and forced them into black and white territory midway through the meeting.
 
A Heat 8 tactical reprieve from Scott Nicholls and Richie Worrall brought home a perfect 8-1 to bring the scores back to within a couple of points, but it was a reprieve short lived as Coventry hammered the home side with one 5-1 after another in rapid succession.
 
But while not exactly the finale he was hoping for, the experienced Aces skipper is confident that there are positives to be taken from the season as a whole.
 
He said: “We knew it was going to be a tough night against Kings Lynn and Coventry, after all they're two teams who have beaten us quite badly at home before now.
 
"We really wanted to end the season on a high after all the setbacks we've suffered this year, and with our recent run of good form we felt confident we could beat both teams convincingly and get ourselves a little payback.
 
"It was a bit of a slow start, but once we got going we performed strongly as a unit against the Stars in our first match and came away with a good win.
 
"But Coventry have been a real bogey team here this year, and they've ridden our track exceptionally well. Credit where credit’s due though, they dug deep and they were the better team in the second meeting; and they fully deserved to win.
 
"It’s not been the successful season we had anticipated back in March and naturally we're very disappointed about that.
 
"Sitting near the bottom of the table for as long as we have isn't a pleasant place to be; it's not where we wanted to finish our year but there's nothing we can do or say to change anything now; our season is over."

Scores:

BELLE VUE 48
Scott Nicholls 11+2, Richie Worrall 9+1, Craig Cook 8+2, Matej Zagar 8+1, Paul Starke 8, Michael Palm Toft 4, Lee Payne 0

KING’S LYNN 42
Hans Andersen 13, Lewis Kerr 7+1, Robert Lambert 6, Max Clegg 5+1, Nicklas Porsing 5, Chris Harris 3, Rory Schlein 3

Elite League points: Belle Vue 2 King’s Lynn 1


BELLE VUE 40
Scott Nicholls 13+2, Richie Worrall 9+2, Michael Palm Toft 5, Matej Zagar 4, Craig Cook 4, Paul Starke 3+1, Lee Payne 2

COVENTRY 53
Jason Garrity 14+1, Hans Andersen 12, Kenneth Hansen 11+3, Aaron Summers 10+1, Chris Harris 3+2, Max Clegg 3+1, Ben Barker r/r

Elite League points: Belle Vue 0 Coventry 4

The full scoresheets will follow

Monday 22nd September 2014
Aces 40 Coventry 53
The Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces lost their meeting against Coventry tonight 40-53.

Aces scorers: Scott Nicholls 13+2, Richie Worrall 9+2, Michael Palm Toft 5, Matej Zagar 4, Craig Cook 4, Paul Starke (G) 3+1, Lee Payne 2.

The full scoresheet will follow

Monday 22nd September 2014
Aces 48 Kings Lynn 42
The Belle Vue 'Rentruck' Aces have won their Elite League meeting against Kings Lynn tonight  48-42.

Aces Scorers: Scott Nicholls 11+2, Richie Worrall 9+1, Craig Cook 8+2, Matej Zagar 8+1, Paul Starke (G) 8, Michael Palm Toft 4, Lee Payne 0

The full scoresheet will follow

Monday 22nd September 2014
BEN Fund Collection
We will be holding a collection for the 'Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund' during tonight's meeting.

The BEN Fund plays a vital part in supporting seriously injured speedway riders and all donations are gratefully received.