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Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 25 June 2021

mark lemon.pngBELLE Vue raced back to the top of the Premiership table with an emphatic 51-38 away win at King’s Lynn.

The Aces reeled off three 5-1’s in the first four races to take control of the meeting and inflict a third successive home defeat on the struggling Stars.

Dan Bewley led the way for a solid-scoring Belle Vue side on 11 points whilst Brady Kurtz (9) won three races. Thomas Jorgensen (12) and Richard Lawson (10+1) dominated the hosts’ score-chart.

Aces boss Mark Lemon (pictured) said: “It’s a great feeling, at this stage of the season, to still be unbeaten and to see the boys performing so strongly away from home.

“King’s Lynn were struggling a little bit. They’ve had quite a few changes recently and maybe not as much time as they’d like for their riders to gel. 

“But our boys took no prisoners. We were strong from start to finish and everyone did their bit to make sure we took maximum points from the meeting.”

King’s Lynn manager Peter Schroeck said: “You can’t take away much at the minute but there were some glimpses, especially Heat 15.

“We had a good chat in the pits after Heat 9, there had been a lot of rushing around with us worried about the weather and the possibility of rain so there was not much time to have a proper chat.

“Once we got together we fired them up a little bit and suddenly we turned it around a bit. We are very disappointed but we have to pick ourselves up, that’s all we can do.”

SHEFFIELD edged out Ipswich 48-42 in a tense Owlerton contest which went down to a last-heat decider.

Jack Holder and Adam Ellis secured a 5-1 for the home side in the final race as they got the better of Jake Allen and Craig Cook after the visitors had cut an eight-point deficit to just two.

Holder scored 13 points for the Tigers and Ellis added 9+1, whilst Allen (10) and Cook (9+1) were top scorers for the Witches who picked up a league point on the road for the second time this week.

Sheffield boss Simon Stead said: “It was everything I thought it would be, it was tough.
“I know Ipswich are a good side with some quality riders and I expected them to push us hard which is what they did. It was a bit tense.

“We paid the price for a lack of meetings, we’ve not had a lot. I still think we look rusty in certain areas. We will work with the team and try and get what we need to win more meetings.”

Witches manager Ritchie Hawkins said: “I thought it was another great effort by the boys. We could have easily tailed off after we went eight points down, but after their first rides everybody changed something and put it right and it was another great effort from the lads to take it to a last-heat decider.

“I am really pleased with them tonight; it is another point on the road and another improvement. To come here and put in that performance following on from Monday was a great effort, and it is good progress.”

CHAMPIONSHIP leaders Glasgow bid to get back to winning ways as they host Eastbourne at Ashfield tonight, ‘weather permitting.

The Tigers suffered a late collapse at Scunthorpe last weekend where they conceded 5-1’s in the last three races, whilst the Eagles are themselves looking to build some momentum.

The visitors have Jake Knight guesting at reserve as Drew Kemp is away on European U19 duty this weekend.

Eagles boss Trevor Geer said: “We remain confident that we have a team capable of winning the league and the cup competitions this year.

“With the play-off format that we see in so many sports now, it's not always how you start, it's how you finish.

“I feel sure that the team will click very soon as most have already shown excellent form at one point or another, and we can lay down a marker in our next two away fixtures at Glasgow and Redcar that we can and will peak at the right time.”

A limited number of fans are now able to attend meetings at Ashfield, but the club’s live online stream continues and is drawing in a worldwide audience.

EDINBURGH face the revised Scunthorpe team at Armadale with new signing Adam Ellis making his debut for the visitors.

The Monarchs are the only unbeaten team in the Championship and face the Scorpions home and away over the weekend.

The visitors include former Edinburgh favourite Theo Pijper, whilst ex-Monarch Connor Coles guests for Jordan Palin who is on European U19 duty.

Edinburgh reserve William Lawson said: “I had a good night against Leicester and I will be looking for more of that this week.

“I was out practicing and trying a few things after the Devils match last Saturday as well, so it's definitely getting better.

“I like the track at Scunthorpe, so I am looking forward to going there this weekend as well as against them at Armadale.”

Edinburgh continue to offer live-stream coverage of all home meetings via the EMTV section of their website.

CAMPAIGNERS fighting for the return of Coventry Speedway have prepared a planning application be submitted to Rugby Council.

Speedway and stock car racing at the famous Brandon Stadium ceased when developers closed it in 2017 in order to pursue an application for housing – but there has been no progress on that front, and residents have been left frustrated by regular security issues.

The application to be submitted by the group would encompass an early return for the sports – which do not require planning permission – and a change of use for various buildings to increase overall site viability and community involvement.

Spokesman Jeff Davies said: “It is well known that since the forced closure of the stadium by the developers in 2017, opposition to their plans has been unprecedented.

“This has resulted in their planning application, submitted well over three years ago, being largely ridiculed, and not just by ourselves – the findings of the Independent Report commissioned by the Council were damning for the developers.

“However, it has also been fair to question whether there are realistic alternative proposals involving the return of sport, especially given the condition the developers have enabled the stadium to fall into.

“This planning application emphatically answers that question, by laying out a careful scheme of proposals which are entirely deliverable and add to the overall viability of the site without any disturbance to the nearby residents and the village as a whole.”

KING’S Lynn have added former British Youth Champion Sam Hagon to their asset base.

Hagon won the 250cc title in 2019 and has made an impressive start to his National Development League racing with Mildenhall this season.

He said: “I think it will be good for me in the long run especially with King’s Lynn being a top-league club. It will be a great experience whenever they give me a chance in the future because they’re a great club.

“My Grandad had a good career in the sport, but I’m trying to step away from that and make a name for myself just to prove to people I can do it my own way without having to live up to family connections.”

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