Opening Gambit Triumph

Belle Vue kicked off their Premiership Supporters’ Cup in fine style after a 42-48 victory at the East of England Showground, with both Kenneth Bjerre and Max Fricke picking up maximums.

The visiting Aces started strongly with skipper Fricke breaking the East of England Showground track record in a phenomenal time of 57.9 seconds in his first appearance of the night.

Max Fricke (white) took charge early doors at the East of England Showground with a paid 14+1 maximum

Max Fricke (white) took charge early doors at the East of England Showground with a paid 14+1 maximum

They followed up with a stupendous 5-1 from the young reserves Jaimon Lidsey and Dimitri Bergé to put Belle Vue 6 points clear after just two races and leaving their hosts hot under the collar.

Although the Panthers managed a brief response, the Rentruck Aces continued to dominate into the final stages with Fricke and Bjerre taking the chequered flag in Heat 15.

Fricke completed his night with a paid 15-point maximum while Bjerre crossed the line to the tune of a full 15-point maximum and Jaimon Lidsey commenced his UK residency with 7+1.

Kenneth Bjerre (centre) scored a flawless 15-point maximum in his first Aces appearance in 2019

Kenneth Bjerre (centre) scored a flawless 15-point maximum in his first Aces appearance in 2019

On their first win of the season, Bjerre said: “It’s good to get the first one out of the way. Peterborough pushed us all the way, so we couldn’t get too comfortable, but it was good win.

“There was a good team spirit amongst the guys. Everyone was pitching in and helping out, and it was great to see so many of our supporters had travelled down for our first meeting.

“It’s a long season ahead and a few of the guys just need to get back into their routine. Obviously, Dan [Bewley] has been out for over 6 months so it’ll take us some time to break everybody in.

“We just need to be patient and I’m confident they can do what we need them to do. It’s a relief to go into our first home meeting with a win under our belt so here’s hoping for more of the same.

The Rentruck Aces return the compliment with a visit from Peterborough on Thursday, April 4 at the National Speedway Stadium. Tickets available online at www.bellevue-speedway.com

RESULT - BELLE VUE V PETERBOROUGH - MONDAY, APRIL 1

Peterborough ‘Crendon’ Panthers 42: Charles Wright 11+1, Rohan Tungate 9, Hans Andersen 7+3, Bradley Wilson-Dean 6+2, Aaron, Summers 5+2, Ben Barker 4, Lasse Bjerre 0

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 48: Kenneth Bjerre 15, Max Fricke 14+1 Jamien Lidsey 7+1, Dimitri Bergé 6, Steve Worrall 5+1, Dan Bewley 1+1, Ricky Wells 0