A tantalisingly night of racing at the National Speedway Stadium saw the Belle Vue Aces edge ahead of the Peterborough Panthers 46-44 in leg one of the Premiership Grand Final.
The BikeRight Aces will take a two point lead to the East of England Arena on Thursday, October 14 where the 2021 league champions will be decided.
A strong start from the home heroes gave the Panthers plenty to think about as they established a significant lead in the opening stages of the night.
A nasty crash for Hans Andersen in Heat 3 saw him ruled out for the visitors for the remainder of the night with suspected concussion, but thankfully no broken bones.
As the night evolved the BikeRight Aces came under pressure from a late surge in form from their opponents, but they resisted their challenge to preserve their lead ahead of the deciding leg.
Rising Star Tom Brennan said: “We are a bit frustrated at having lost a more significant lead, but a win on the night is still a win and a lead is still a lead that we take to Peterborough.
“Momentum is definitely on our side and our record at the East of England Arena is pretty good so we’re feeling very positive about our chances.
“Some of the boys struggled a bit and with Brady [Kurtz] still out the pressure was on the rest of us to step things up, but I think we did that.
“Peterborough gave us a few things to think about but I’m sure we did the same to them. This is only half time and it’s still anyone’s game so hopefully we can finish the job on Thursday.”
The Premiership Grand Final concludes this Thursday, October 14 at Peterborough, where the Premiership Champions will be decided.
Belle Vue’s final home meeting of 2021 is set for October 23, The Peter Craven Memorial. Tickets available now at Bellevue-speedway.com.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V PETERBOROUGH – MONDAY, OCTOBER 11 @ 7:30PM [SGBP POGF L1]
Belle Vue ‘BikeRight’ Aces 46: Dan Bewley 15, Steve Worrall 13, Charles Wright 7+2, Richie Worrall 6+2, Tom Brennan 4+1, Jye Etheridge 1, Brady Kurtz r/r.
Peterborough ‘Crendon’ Panthers 44: Scott Nicholls 14+1, Chris Harris 10+1, Bjarne Pedersen 8+2, Michael Palm Toft 6, Jordan Palin 5+3, Lewis Kerr 1, Hans Andersen 0.