Reigning National League Champions Belle Vue have an epic battle on their hands when the Kent Kings journey to Manchester this Wednesday, August 15 in a second versus third stand-off.
Both teams are currently locked on 21 points in the table and following the postponement of the Sittingbourne leg on Monday, both sides are even more pumped up to break the deadlock.
And with a full team at their disposal, team boss Steve Williams is confident his side can produce their trademark home performance to bring in maximum points from this highly significant fixture.
He said: “Kent are no slouches. They’ve got some good lads in their team. They’ve just brought in Paul Hurry at No.1, who is a vastly experienced rider, so we can’t afford to get complacent.
“We need to focus on our own performance, and our performance alone if we want to come away with a favourable result but if the lads ride to their potential, I believe this will be more than enough.
“Most other teams are starting to catch up to us now so we need to consolidate our position in the table while keeping the pressure on those who still require points to make the play offs.”
Meanwhile the Rentruck Aces face one of the most crucial fixtures of their season the same night when they journey down to Somerset in the second of three very important Premiership clashes.
The Rentruck Aces were far from satisfied with their performance at Leicester and know that to keep their top-flight title ambitions alive, nothing less than a win at the Oaktree Arena will do.
Team boss Mark Lemon said: “It’s hard to understand why we’ve not been as successful on the road this season, and because we’re so used to success it makes it a bitter pill to swallow.
“But we’re not done yet. There are still meetings to complete and points to be won. I’ve laid out my expectations to the boys and they’re all prepared to put everything into this final push.
“Somerset is not an easy place to go and to have even an outside chance of the top four we can’t settle for anything less than a win, so this will be, by far, our most crucial meeting of the year.”
The Rentruck Aces next head to Swindon in the Premiership on Thursday, August 16 while the Cool Running Colts journey south to Mildenhall in the National League on Sunday, August 19.
Then, it's the turn of the Leicester Lions to make their way to Manchester on Monday, August 20 for round two in the top flight at the National Speedway Stadium.
Tickets for the home meeting are on sale now atwww.bellevueaces.co and at the stadium box office on race night.
BELLE VUE V KENT – 7:30PM – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 [TPTNL]
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: Jack Smith (C), Ben Woodhull, Kyle Bickley, Joe Lawlor, Tom Perry, Paul Bowen, Kean Dicken; TM: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin
Kent Kings: Paul Hurry, Taylor Hampshire, Nathan Stoneman, Anders Rowe, Jack Thomas (C), Jamie Couzins, Alex Spooner; TM: Chris Hunt
SOMERSET V BELLE VUE – 7:30PM – WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15 [SGBP]
Somerset ‘Cases’ Rebels: Jason Doyle (C), Aaron Summers, Nico Covatti, Richard Lawson, Jack Holder, Jake Allen, Bradley Wilson-Dean; TM: Garry May
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: Craig Cook, Steve Worrall, Dan Bewley, Rohan Tungate, Max Fricke (C), Mark Riss, Dimitri Bergé; TM: Mark Lemon