There was plenty to celebrate at the National Speedway Stadium on Saturday as Belle Vue hosted its annual awards evening, The Maugers, in recognition of the sporting excellence of its two teams.
The night was well attended by both riders and supporters alike, with nearly 200 people packing the prestigious Peter Craven Suite for one last time before the upcoming winter period sets in.
Rentruck Aces captain Max Fricke scooped several coveted awards, including the ‘Alan Wilkinson Team Man of the Year’, the ‘Chris Morton Top Points Scorer’ award and the Aces ‘Rider of the Year’.
British No.2 Dan Bewley was hot on his heels, taking the ‘Dent Oliver Managers’ Rider of the Year’, the ‘Supporters’ Aces Rider of the Year’ and the prestigious ‘Ivan Mauger Excellence Award’.
Kyle Bickley led the Cool Running Colts honours with the ‘Williams & Goodwin Managers’ Rider of the Year’ and the ‘Supporters’ Colts Rider of the Year’, while Jack Smith took Colts ‘Rider of the Year’.
Paul Bowen was a popular winner of the ‘Clubman of the Year’ award while Ben Woodhull claimed the Colts ‘Team Man of the Year’ and Tom Perry scooped the ‘Eric Broadbelt Top Points Scorer’.
Belle Vue CEO Adrian Smith said: “It’s been a brilliant year for this club. We’re immensely proud of what we’ve achieved both on and off the track and it’s important to recognise those achievements.
“I’d like to place on record my thanks on behalf of Belle Vue Speedway to all of our riders for their brilliant efforts this season and to all of our staff and volunteers who are the lifeblood of this club.
“But most importantly I’d like to thank our fantastic supporters for their unfaltering loyalty and backing throughout the year, and we hope to see you all back at the NSS in March next year.”
2018 TROPHY WINNERS
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces
Rider of the Year: Max Fricke
‘Chris Morton’ Top Points Scorer: Max Fricke
‘Dent Oliver’ Manager’s Rider of the Year: Dan Bewley
Supporters’ Rider of the Year: Dan Bewley
‘Alan Wilkinson’ Team Man of the Year: Max Fricke
‘Ivan Mauger’ Excellence Award: Dan Bewley
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts
Rider of the Year: Jack Smith
‘Eric Broadbelt’ Top Points Scorer: Tom Perry
‘Williams & Goodwin’ Managers’ Rider of the Year: Kyle Bickley
Supporters’ Rider of the Year: Kyle Bickley
Team Man of the Year: Ben Woodhull
Clubman of the Year: Paul Bowen
‘Ron Lowe’ Volunteers’ Award: Jim Stanley & Gordon Stobbs