ANOTHER solid performance from reigning Premiership Champions Belle Vue saw them take an emphatic 57-27 victory over King’s Lynn on another soggy night in Manchester.
Despite already being comfortably established in the top four, the ATPI Aces are making the most of every lap ahead of the 2023 Play Offs, as demonstrated by their powerful performance.
They started the night strongly with a 5-1 in the first race from captain Brady Kurtz and Tom Brennan to take the early lead on home shale.
And even after the bombshell signing of Robert Lambert, the MacInnes Stars were struggling for speed, and it became all the more apparent as the night went on.
By the half way stage, they were trailing their hosts 34-14 when an unscripted weather front rained down on the National Speedway Stadium creating very tricky racing conditions.
Things only got more challenging from there, but such was their lead that the ATPI Aces continued to bang in the big heat advantages and establishing a 30-point lead with one to go.
But with one final heavy shower, both clubs agreed that conditions were too dangerous to continue, and the meeting was called off after Heat 14, with the result standing.
It means that Belle Vue have a huge aggregate lead ahead of their away trip to the Adrian Flux Arena this coming Thursday where they hope to secure all three league points on offer.
Captain Brady Kurtz top scored for the ATPI Aces with 11+1 while Dan Bewley and Jaimon Lidsey both contributed 11 and Tom Brennan added 7+2.
Kurtz said: “It’s a shame we couldn’t get that final heat raced but, again, it’s a credit to this track that we were able to get as far as we did in those conditions.
“A win is a win however you look at it and it is another great result for the team with only a couple more meetings to go before the Play Offs next month.
“I don’t think we knew what to really expect from King’s Lynn, with them signing Robert Lambert, and it’s never nice to see a team struggling the way they have with injuries and other things.
“But we had to take advantage of that. We’ve got the team to get the job done and we can now look forward to going to their place on Thursday and, hopefully, leave with another win.”
The ATPI Aces travel to King’s Lynn this Thursday, August 24 before returning to the National Speedway Stadium on Monday, August 28, tapes up at 12:00pm.
And our next action in Manchester is the penultimate home meeting for the Cool Running Colts this Friday, August 25 against the Workington Comets.
Meeting tickets, race day programmes, south stand parking and hospitality are now available to pre-book at bellevue-speedway.com/events.
RESULT – BELLE VUE V KING’S LYNN – MONDAY, AUGUST 21 @ 7:30PM
Belle Vue ‘ATPI’ Aces 57: Brady Kurtz 11+1, Dan Bewley 11, Jaimon Lidsey 11, Tom Brennan 7+2, Charles Wright 7+1, Connor Bailey 6+2, Norick Blodorn 4+1
King’s Lynn ‘MacInnes’ Stars 27: Robert Lambert 9, Connor Mountain 5, Simon Lambert 5, Michael Palm Toft 4+1, Anders Rowe 3, Emil Breum 1, Nicolai Klindt r/r
Abandoned after 14 heats due to rain – Result STANDS
Image: Ian Charles