Charles delighted to be back for Aces ahead of season PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 18 February 2021

charles wright.pngThe 2019 BRITISH Champion and  former Workingtom Comets rider Charles Wright (pictured) has secured his return to Belle Vue for the new Premiership season, along with GB international Steve Worrall.

Wright won the title at the National Speedway Stadium and was set to join the Aces from Peterborough last year, whilst club stalwart Worrall has ridden for the Manchester side since 2015.

Wright said: “I’m delighted to be back with Belle Vue this year. Twelve months is a long time not to have been racing, but for me I think it has had its benefits.

“Once the season starts it’s pretty full-on, but with the hiatus I’ve been able to sort a few things which, normally, I’d struggle to find the time to do. I feel like it’s helped me re-focus and it’s made me hungrier for success.”

Worrall added: “I’m so happy to be back with Belle Vue. I’ve been at the club for nearly seven years now, it’s like my second home and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.”

LEICESTER will kick off their defence of the Championship title with a repeat of the dramatic 2019 play-off semi-final against Redcar.

The Bears, who took the Lions right down to the final race of their last-four showdown, will visit the Paul Chapman & Sons Arena on Saturday May 1, which is scheduled to be the first night of the league season.

Promoter Stewart Dickson is also relishing the visit of newcomers Plymouth, whose recent signing Bjarne Pedersen had a spell with Leicester in the top-flight in 2015.

Dickson said: “It’s an exciting fixture list, like everyone else I really cannot wait for that moment when we can open the doors and welcome back fans.

“Saturday August 28 stands out with Plymouth visiting us and that means Jason Crump and Bjarne Pedersen, two former Grand Prix riders. Hopefully it will be a warm and sunny evening!

“As soon as government rules allow it’s my intention to get the track ready for some practice sessions in the build-up to the spring.”

CHAMPIONSHIP newcomers Poole are set to visit title-holders Leicester in their first league match of the season on May 8.

The Pirates are due to start with a series of away matches before appearing at Wimborne Road on May 26 in the KO Cup against Plymouth, but promoter Danny Ford says earlier home fixtures are possible.

Ford said: “We have decided to take a cautious approach and will not start our official home league fixtures until June, just in case there are any issues with the easing of restrictions.

“But that is not say that, besides the Cup match, we won't have some early challenge matches in May, should the sport be given the green light.

“We do however have a handful of away fixtures in the month, including our opener at Leicester, so an early opportunity for our Rising Star Danyon Hume to settle into the side on familiar territory, having been a highly successful Leicester Cub previously.”

SCUNTHORPE will be in action on the first scheduled night of the league season when they visit Berwick on Saturday May 1.

The Scorpions’ home Championship opener is against Leicester the following Friday, with Jason Crump making his first visit to the Eddie Wright Raceway with Plymouth a fortnight later.

Promoter Rob Godfrey said: “There will be so much to look forward to this season. I can’t wait, especially after the absence of a league programme in 2020.

“We start with a bang with the visit of Leicester, the reigning champions, while we also have the first-ever visit of the mighty Poole Pirates to Scunthorpe Speedway.

“Kent are also newcomers to our league and have never met our senior side, while we welcome Plymouth back to the Championship and they’ve got two incredible signings in Jason Crump, a three-time World Champion, and Bjarne Pedersen and that’s going to be a mouth-watering meeting.

“It’s going to be such an exciting season, with so many highlights.”

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