Unrivalled entertainment was at the heart of Belle Vue’s 55-35 victory over reigning champions Swindon, with fans treated to a smorgasbord of quality racing from both teams in this crucial clash.
Three big Premiership points sees the Rentruck Aces move up to third in the table, after victories for Somerset and Poole elsewhere in the country resulted in a major re-shuffle of the top four.
A late change to the home team saw them reduced to six men after it emerged Jason Garrity was still unfit to race after previous crash while riding for Scunthorpe, with R/R in effect at No.2.
But this eleventh-hour development was not enough to scupper Belle Vue’s plans for the visitors, and thanks to some early inspiration from Damian Dróżdż the Rentruck Aces surged ahead.
It was theirs to lose from start to finish with Max Fricke again dominating the score charts with 13+1 while Dan Bewley contributed 10, and both Dróżdż and Rohan Tungate adding 9+2 each.
Club spearhead Craig Cook said: “Things were a little too close for comfort initially. There weren’t too many lines in the first few heats so there was an element of gate and go early doors.
“But then the track settled down and started to come to us and we all just seemed to click. We expected things to be tough, after all Swindon aren’t the reigning champions for no reason.
“The boys put in a phenomenal performance to not only extend the lead but to ensure there were no consolation points going astray. We vowed to bounce back after Poole and we certainly have.
“Every league point is vital, especially at this point in the season when the battle for the top four is so close. We know we can’t afford to let anything slip, home or away, so this was a big result.
“Special mention has to go to Damian for his part on the night. I think he surprised a lot of people and really showed what he’s capable of doing. He did a tremendous job, as did all the boys.”
The reigning world champion Jason Doyle is in town next Monday, July 16 while the Cool Running Colts take on the Stoke Potters this Friday, July 13 at the National Speedway Stadium.
Then, the Rentruck Aces welcome Wolverhampton on Wednesday, July 25 before celebrating their official birthday on Saturday, July 28 in their epic Summer of Speed Saturday.
Tickets for all home meetings are now available at www.bellevueaces.co, and at the stadium box office on race night.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V SWINDON – MONDAY, JULY 9 [SGBP]
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 55
Max Fricke 13+1, Dan Bewley 10, Rohan Tungate 9+2, Damian Drozdz 9+2, Jye Etheridge 7+1, Craig Cook 7, Jason Garrity R/R
Swindon ‘CFS Filtration’ Robins 35
Troy Batchelor 11, David Bellego 10, Adam Ellis 6, Zach Wajtknecht 4, Tobiasz Musielak 3, Nick Morris 1+1, Jack Smith 0
Premiership Points: Belle Vue 3 Swindon 0
Words: Hayley Bromley
Images: Ian Charles