BELLE VUE ACES 50 – 42 COVENTRY BEES
Scott Nicholls Battles Coventry’s Krzysztof Kasprzak
: Pic by Historic Speedway Ellesmere Port FB
A bumper Bank Holiday crowd swelled the stands of the National Speedway Stadium on Monday as the Belle Vue Aces exacted some revenge for their loss down at Brandon on Friday Evening with a 50-42 win against their bogey side the Coventry Bees. The meeting was delayed by 30 minutes due to a massive crowd trying to get inside and the wait was worthwhile for all those fans in attendance.
Friday night saw the Aces going down to their opponents after they had been in a great position to win the match and so they looked to bounce back and also look to win their first league match at their new stadium following their loss to the Swindon Robins a few weeks ago. Belle Vue got off to a great as Australian Max Fricke equalled the track record clocking 60 seconds dead in the opening heat, as he and Slovenian Grand Prix star Matej Zagar helped secured a maximum 5-1 for the Aces after Coventry’s Jason Garrity had anticipated the start a bit too early and went through the tapes which saw him starting 15 metres back.
Steve Worrall then took the reserves race ahead of James Sarjeant and fellow Aces colleague Joe Jacobs for a 4-2 heat win in the home sides favour and looked to be a on a big score. Belle Vue then increased their lead with a 5-1 from Craig Cook and Captain Scott Nicholls in heat 3 to see the the Aces move into double figure with a 14-4 scoreline. Heat 4 then saw Steve Worrall going through the tapes much like Garrity did in the first race and so had him going off 15 metres back in the re-run. In the re-run itself it saw Brother Richie making the gate for the home side and from then on it was all about his sibling Steve, as the Belle Vue number 7 caught up on the back straight with the Bees pair and managed to firstly get pass Ashley Morris who was guesting for Coventry and then with Sarjeant doing his best to holding back the advancing Worrall brother- Steve, it saw him then finding drive to fire himself by the Coventry rider and get into second for a 5-1 and delighted the home fans.
Coventry Team Manager Gary Havelock then nominated Jason Garrity for a tactical ride in which raised a lot of eyebrows amongst the crowd, as the Droylsden-born rider seemed a shock choice for going for double points at that point in time. Referee Jim Lawrence brought the riders back in the first running of the heat as Garrity was adjudged to have made a big rolling start from the gate and to be fair on both side, there was a case of blatant jumps at the gate on both sides going unpunished by the referee and was a recurring theme in the meeting. The re-run saw Max Fricke taking the race win ahead of Garrity and Kacper Woryna after the Coventry reserve managed to find a way by Jacobs to see a 5-3 race win and first heat advantage for the Bees in the match. Coventry then picked up another a second race advantage in Heat 6 when Krzysztof Kasprzak blasted away from the gate and that led to a brilliant race between Scott Nicholls and Chris Bomber battling it out for second place and saw them passing each other numerous times until Nicholls just managed to hang on for second place and saw a 4-2 to the visitors.
Bees Duo Kasprzak & Harris lead the ACES:
Pic by Historic SpeedwayEllesmere Port FB
Matej Zagar then broke the track record in Heat 7 after the Slovenian flew away from the gate and clocked 59.8 and had team mate Craig Cook missing the start but making a swooping move round the outside of his opponents to go from last to second entering the second lap and stayed their for a 5-1 maximum for the Aces. Heat 8 saw one of the most sublime speedway races you will likely across for many years, as an all British battle broke out between Jason Garrity the two Worrall brothers. The Aces got out on a 5-1 and that was until the Bees rider got by Steve Worrall into second and saw him re-passed again by the Belle Vue man as the three riders were all so close to one another in the whole race. Steve Worrall then tried everything to retake Garrity again as the Coventry man hunted down Richie toward the line and was beaten by inches for the win. After the race all three riders shook hands as the crowd rose to their feet to applaud an incredible effort by all three in the race and saw some great sportsmanship by all.
When heat 9 came around it saw another jump at the start by Sarjeant going unpunished and saw Max Fricke coming to a stop as he expected the red lights to be put on, but the lights weren’t forthcoming and so the race continued on and had the Australian almost half a lap behind due to it which allowed Morris joining his team mate for a 5-1 and saw the start of a late rally for the Bees in the match. In heat 10 Jason Garrity once again was in the thick of the action as the British rider went from last to second with a sensational move on both Cook and Nicholls to join Kasprzak at the front for another 5-1 for the Midlands side, and the home side’s 16 point margin shrunk to just a 8 point lead in five races left to go.
Danny King rode to his first three points of the match in a shared heat 11, after King had made a great start to pull away from Zagar and Fricke, that was before Chris Harris found himself up with his team mate on a 5-1 until the Belle Vue boys managed to quickly past the Cornishman. Steve Worrall and Joe Jacobs then stemmed the Bees revival momentarily with a 4-2 to see the Aces clawing their way to victory instead of running away with it like it had looked early doors in the meeting. Chris Harris finally found his gating boots late in the meeting too, as heat 13 saw Cook and Zagar almost dumbfounded by the power that Kasprzak managed to generate as he roared by them both to see Coventry scoring a big 5-1 in the meeting.
The situation was that the home side needed just four points from their final two races to clinch victory, while Coventry needed two 5-1’s to get an unlikely win in what was an enthralling meeting. With the Aces win hanging by a thread after the late surge by the Bees, it saw a captain’s performance by Scott Nicholls to help steer his side to victory and also a slice of luck too after Nicholls was forced to come around the outside of Ashley Morris in heat 14 and had the Bees guest suffering an engine failure that all but blown their hopes of victory as it allowed Richie Worrall to come through into third and seal the win. Despite King’s valiant attempt of trying everything to get by Nicholls he was just wasn’t able to do so and the victory was secured with a race to go and saw Nicholls redeeming himself after a disastrous meeting down in Coventry on Friday and saw him getting the Aces over the line. The final race of the night end proceedings on what had been a brilliant afternoon’s racing with another stunning heat, as Zagar got the better of the Coventry duo and had Nicholls having another battle with Kasprzak this time and saw him passing and re-passing before the Polish rider turned his attentions to Zagar and had Nicholls and Harris fighting for third. The match ended with a shared heat as Harris held off Nicholls and saw every fan in the NSS applauding some fantastic action and possibly one of the best meetings seen at a Belle Vue track since the old Hyde Road days.
Belle Vue Aces = 50
1. Matej Zagar – 2*,3,2,1,3 = 11+1
2. Max Fricke – 3,3,0,1* = 7+1
3. Scott Nicholls – 2*,2,0,3,0 = 7+1
4. Richie Worrall – 3,0,3,1 = 7
5. Craig Cook – 3,2*,1,0 = 6+1
6. Joe Jacobs – 1,0,1,1 = 3
7. Steve Worrall – 3,2*,1,3 = 9+1
Coventry Bees = 42
1. Krzysztof Kasprzak – 1,3,3,2*,2 = 11+1
2. Jason Garrity – 0,4^,2,2* = 8+1
3. Danny King – 1,1,3,2 = 7
4. Ashley Morris (Guest) – 0,0,2*,EF = 2+1
5. Chris Harris – 0,1,0,3,1* = 5+1
6. Kacper Woryna – 0,1*,0,2 = 3+1
7. James Sarjeant – 2,1,3,0 = 6