Leicester Lions 40 – 50 Belle Vue Aces
Belle Vue moved within two points of leaders Swindon Robins with a 50-40 road win over the Leicester Lions at Beaumont Park Stadium on Saturday night as the Aces took four league points to strengthen their playoff position.
The Aces brought in former rider Scott Nicholls to their side and had the former British Champion top scoring with 14+1 as the ex-Ace stepped in to guest for the Belle Vue captain Craig Cook, who was riding in Russia to qualify for the Grand Prix’s next year as part of the Grand Prix Challenge.
Both sides were missing key riders for the fixture due to a number a reasons and is a real hot topic that really needs to be addressed by the BSPA in the forthcoming winter.
Perhaps with both sides fielding a mix of guests for the clash between two famous names in the sport, that it may have made it a more even contest and that clear by the heat scores throughout.
After a couple of shared races it then saw Belle Vue taking the lead in heat 3 through Steve Worrall and ex-Lions man Paul Starke as the two combined for a 5-1 to put the Aces up 11-7, and that was a lead that they never relinquished in the match.
It saw the meeting being a very tight affair with the sight of seven out of the first eight races all being shared races between the two sides and, have a visiting rider taking the chequered flag in seven of those eight races too.
Heat 5 saw Belle Vue’s Great Dane in Kenneth Bjerre shoved to the back by the Leicester pairing of Kyle Howarth and Kenneth brother Lasse, but the Aces man fought his way back and powered his way under Howarth before pushing his brother and taking victory.
Heat 9 saw a stop to the shared races with a 4-2 for the Manchester side, after Lasse Bjerre was excluded in the race after he fell off and saw in the rerun Scott Nicholls taking the win ahead of Kyle Howarth and have Jack Smith picking up his first point of the match too in the race.
The Lions then responded with a 4-2 from Kim Nilsson and Erik Riss in heat 10 to give the hosts their first heat advantage of the match and reduce the deficit to four points. Belle Vue then returned the favour as they eased to a 5-1 from Kenneth Bjerre and Scott Nicholls to see them lead restoring their lead and increase it with the score 37-29.
In the remaining four races of the match it saw the Aces recording three 4-2 heat advantages against their hosts, with a couple of stunning rides by young sensation Dan Bewley winning two coming from the field.
Heat 12 saw Dan Bewley being held back by Lasse Bjerre and saw the Aces man generating more and more speed to finally come up the inside of the Leicester man to take the win.
Leicester then scored the most surprising 5-1 of the whole meeting in Heat 13 with the Lions duo of Kim Nilsson and Lasse Bjerre getting the better of the previously undefeated tandem in Kenneth Bjerre and Scott Nicholls.
Bewley made sure in the penultimate race of the night that the Aces were guaranteed of victory with a breathtaking ride in heat 14, with the youngster passing both Paul Starke and Kyle Howarth in one swift move off the fourth bend to lead the race and pull away for his third win of the night.
Another great race in Heat 15 saw the Lions gating on a 5-1 only for Nicholls and Bjerre to pass Riss and relegate him to the back, while the Aces gave chase and have both riders passing Lasse Bjerre for a 5-1 – Lasse though wasn’t done and came right back to split the pair up again with Nicholls forcing his way back in front, and on the final bend it saw the two Bjerre’s fighting it out with Lasse Bjerre pinching second off his brother on the run to the line.
Leicester Lions = 40
1. Kim Nilsson – 0 1′ 2 1 2′ = 6+2
2. Erik Riss – 3 2 2 2 3 0 = 12
3. Lasse Bjerre – 0 2 Fx 2 3 2 = 9
4. Kyle Howarth (G) – Xt 1′ 2 1 2 = 6+1
5. Pawel Przedpelski – R/R (ER-2, KN-2, KH-1, LB-3) = 8
6. Josh Bates – 2 1 1′ 0 = 4+1
7. Todd Kurtz (G) – 1′ 1′ 1′ 0 0 = 3+3
Belle Vue Aces = 50
1. Kenneth Bjerre – 2 3 3 3 1 1 = 13
2. Craig Cook – R/R (SW-1′, PS-0, KB-3, SN-2′) = 6+2
3. Steve Worrall – 1′ 2′ 3 2 1 = 9+2
4. Paul Starke (G) – 3 0 R 0 1 = 4
5. Scott Nicholls (G) – 3 3 3 2′ 0 3 = 14+1
6. Dan Bewley – 3 0 0 3 3 = 9
7. Jack Smith – 0 0 1 = 1