Belle Vue insist it’s only half-time in their play-off semi-final against King’s Lynn and go into the second leg in Norfolk without any pressure, but great enthusiasm to keep their title chase alive.
A late comeback by the Stars saw the Rentruck Aces fall behind by 8 points at the conclusion of leg one at the National Speedway Stadium, after leading by 10 themselves at the half-way point.
But an encouraging victory at Swindon on Thursday has boosted their confidence ahead of the journey to the Adrian Flux Arena, in particular the performances of some of their big guns.
It has been confirmed however that Craig Cook will not be among them due to ongoing problems with the wrist injury he sustained at the German GP and will sit out of their semi-final decider.
Swindon’s Tobiasz Musielak will guest for injury victim Dan Bewley at No.5 and Coty Garcia comes in at No.7 in place of Mark Riss, with Rider Replacement remaining in play at No.2 for Cook.
Skipper Max Fricke said: “We’ve definitely missed both Dan and Craig the last few weeks but I think it’s credit to the rest that we’ve gotten as far as we have, and we’re not out of it yet!
“We felt really good early doors last week. We were strong and it showed through the lead we managed to build up. But as the track started to get some dirt, it came to them at the end.
“It does leave us with work to do on Monday but nothing is guaranteed. As far as I’m concerned, the pressure’s off us. We go there with nothing to lose and everything to gain from this next leg.
“They have the advantage but we’ve still got gas in the tank and everything to play for, and we’re going to throw absolutely everything at this to pull it back and give them a run for their money.”
Belle Vue will celebrate their end of season with The Maugers 2018 on October 20, where will recognise the excellence of both the Rentruck Aces and Cool Running Colts this season.
Tickets will be on sale from next week. Go to www.bellevueaces.co for more information.
KING’S LYNN V BELLE VUE - 7:30PM - MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: Max Fricke, Craig Cook R/R, Steve Worrall, Rohan Tungate, Tobiasz Musielak (G), Dimitri Bergé, Coty Garcia (G); TM: Mark Lemon
King’s Lynn ‘Tru Plant’ Stars: Robert Lambert (C), Erik Riss, Ty Proctor, Thomas Jorgensen, Niels-Kristian Iversen, Michael Palm Toft, Simon Lambert; TM: Dale Allitt