Belle Vue race towards Premiership Grand Final

BELLE Vue skipper Steve Worrall is quietly confident his side can “bring it home” in 2021 after the BikeRight Aces thumped Sheffield 40-50 at Owlerton.

The first leg of this Premiership Semi-Final was deferred from September 30 following heavy rain, and the anticipation was palpable around the stadium from the off.

The SGB Premiership Semi Final Playoff 1st Leg between Sheffield Tigers and Belle Vue Aces at Owlerton Stadium (Credit: Ian Charles | MI News)

In a late blow to the home side, Brady Kurtz was ruled out of racing just hours before tapes up after crashing out of the Czech Golden Helmet, the day before, in Pardubice.

Wet conditions in the days leading up to the meeting then saw extensive track work delay the start of the meeting, but it seemed to play right into Belle Vue’s hands.

After surrendering a race advantage in heat one, there was no looking back for the BikeRight as they not only established but defended their hefty lead.

Captain Stevie was beaming with pride as the chequered flag fell on heat 15 as his side took their first step into this year’s Premiership Grand Final.

He said: “It was a fantastic effort from all the boys tonight and after losing Brady at the last-minute, there were no hesitations; everyone really stepped up their game.

“If you had asked me beforehand if I’d be happy to take a 10-point lead home, I’d have said yes but to actually have that 10-point advantage is amazing. I mean, what more could you want?

“We were a bit sceptical at the start of the night with track conditions looking quite wet and not being sure if it would be on, but that can work against the home riders.

“I don’t know if it did, but I honestly think we were just exceptional. Even with Dan’s mishaps in his early rides, he powered through them and I think we got the result we deserve.

“This is only the half-way stage. We’ve got to do the same, if not better, at home but I’m quietly confident, with that performance, that we can bring it home.”

The SGB Premiership Semi Final Playoff 1st Leg between Sheffield Tigers and Belle Vue Aces at Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield (Credit: Ian Charles | MI News)

Tickets for the deciding leg of Belle Vue v Sheffield in Manchester are on sale at bellevue-speedway.com and at the stadium box office on race night, subject to availability.

Race night hospitality in the Peter Craven Suite, prior to racing, is also available for the Manchester fixture, available to pre-book online or buy on the night in the club shop.

 

SHEFFIELD V BELLE VUE

Sheffield ‘TruPlant’ Tigers 40: Jack Holder 12, Josh Pickering 8+1, Adam Ellis 6, Connor Mountain 6, Kyle Howarth 4+3, Troy Batchelor 3, Danyon Hume 1.

Belle Vue ‘BikeRight’ Aces 50: Steve Worrall 12, Charles Wright 11+2, Richie Worrall 11+1, Dan Bewley 6+1, Tom Brennan 5+2, Jye Etheridge 5, Brady Kurtz r/r.

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