BELLE VUE ACES 52 KING’S LYNN STARS 38
The Belle Vue Aces bounced back after a pair of disappointing losses to the flying Coventry Bees last week as the men from Kirkmanshulme Lane put on a fantastic display in front of the Sky TV cameras on Monday Night, where the Aces out-gated and over powered a strong King’s Lynn Stars side 52-38.
After the surprising point they managed to picked up on Friday night against Coventry down at Brandon Stadium, they looked to make try and amends for their horror show the week prior and they more than did that, with the home side putting on arguably their best team performance to date of the season so far.
The opening race saw the battle of grand prix riders, with Aces Matej Zagar facing the King’s Lynn’s top man in Danish rider Niels Kristian Iversen. Heat one saw the Slovenian come out on top and saw his team mate in Australian Max Fricke, holding off the Dane off for three laps before eventually Iversen got by him after a little error by Fricke to see a opening 4-2 race win for the hosts.
Three successive 5-1’s for the Aces put them in the driving seat early on in the meeting, with Steve Worrall and Stefan Nielsen scoring a maximum heat win themselves in the reserves race. Belle Vue never relented from the opening race and had in the very next race Dakota North taking the race win alongside Captain Scott Nicholls, to see the score move onto 14-4 for the Manchester club after three races.
Craig Cook and Stefan Nielsen then team rode for a third straight 5-1 for the Aces and saw the away side struggling to get close to their opponents in the contest.
King’s Lynn then responded with a maximum heat victory of their own in heat 5, through the pairing of Robert Lambert and Lewis Kerr, which saw the Stars duo cut the deficit down to ten points.
Stars team manager Rob Lyon, then nominated Danish GP star Niels Kristian Iversen for double points in heat six, with the hope that they could capitalise on their maximum heat advantage but the plan backfired on the Norfolk side. Dakota North who was guesting from the Poole Pirates made a brilliant gate to get out in front of Iversen and with Craig Cook getting up to join North, it saw them both team ride and keep out Iversen, as the home side grabbed yet another a maximum and notched up their fifth one of the match.
By heat 11 the score had moved onto 39-21 to Belle Vue and saw the cursed rain starting to fall mid meeting and had the track becoming a bit greasy for the riders. Robert Lambert then won his second race of the night to bring an end to Dakota North’s winning streak in the match, and it saw the added bonus of his team mate Niels Kristian Iversen securing third place for a 4-2 to the Stars.
The battle of the big guns in heat 13 saw a surprising race result, with the 5-1 going to the visitors after Danes Iversen and Kenneth Bjerre managed to get the better of the inform pair of Scott Nicholls and Matej Zagar in the heat and helped see the Stars restoring some pride back to their side.
Rory Schlein then kept the run of Stars riders taking the chequered flag to three in a row in heat 14, as the former Aces man helped make King’s Lynn side using the ending of the meeting to be a damaged limitation exercise.
Craig Cook rounded off the evening with a race win for the home side in the final heat of the night, with the Cumbrian rider giving the Aces a confidence booster ahead of a daunting trip down to Wimborne Road on Wednesday night, when Belle Vue travel down to Dorset and face the reigning league champions the Poole Pirates.
Belle Vue Aces 52 1. Matej Zagar - 3 3 3 1 =10 2. Max Fricke - 1 1 3 0 =5 3. Dakota North (G) - 3 3 2 1* 0 =9+1 4. Craig Cook - 3 2* 3 2 3 =13+1 5. Scott Nicholls - 2* 2* 0 0 =4+2 6. Steve Worrall - 3 0 X 1* =4+1 7. Stefan Nielsen - 2* 2* 1 2 =7+2 Kings Lynn Stars 38 1. Niels-Kristian Iversen - 2 1^ 1 2* 2 =8+1 2. Robert Lambert - 0 3 2 3 1* =9+1 3. Rory Schlein - 0 1 1* 3 =5+1 4. Nicklas Porsing - 1 0 1* =2+1 5. Kenneth Bjerre - 1 0 2 3 =6 6. Lewis Kerr - 1 2* 0 2 3 0 =8+1 7. Ashley Morris - 0 0 0 = 0