Pressure On The Panthers

Boosted by their 42-48 victory at the East of England Showground, Belle Vue are keen to pile the pressure on Peterborough when the two sides meet at the National Speedway Stadium on April 4.

Skipper Max Fricke and Kenneth Bjerre went through the card unbeaten by an opposing rider, while Rentruck Aces debutant Jaimon Lidsey wowed the Belle Vue supporters with a stupendous 7+1.

Jaimon Lidsey with team manager Mark Lemon during Monday’s 42-48 win at Peterborough

Jaimon Lidsey with team manager Mark Lemon during Monday’s 42-48 win at Peterborough

The Rentruck Aces want to maintain that momentum into their first home meeting of the season on Thursday, while the Panthers are out for redemption in the wake of their season-opening defeat.

At the forefront of their mission is brand-new club No.1 Rohan Tungate, a former Belle Vue Ace and 2018 Australian National Champion, and Hans Andersen, another familiar face in Manchester.

Team boss Mark Lemon said: “We didn’t know what to expect at Peterborough, but we have a good team and with Max and Kenneth banging out maximums we couldn’t have asked for a better result.

“To win away was fantastic for us and we’ll take every away win we can. It has helped settle the nerves ahead of Thursday but again, you don’t know how things are going to pan out on the night.

Dimitri Berge (white) and Jaimon Lidsey (yellow) lead the way for the Aces in Heat versus Peterborough

Dimitri Berge (white) and Jaimon Lidsey (yellow) lead the way for the Aces in Heat versus Peterborough

“Peterborough pushed us hard and made sure we worked for that win. We expect nothing less than the same at the National Speedway Stadium, especially with guys like Rohan and Hans in their team.

“We’re confident we can make it two out of two. It’d be nice to kick off our season at home with a win and I think with such dominant heat leaders we can believe we’re capable of more of the same.”

Tickets for belle Vue’s home fixture against the Peterborough Panthers are available online at www.bellevue-speedway.com and at the stadium box office on race night.

The Rentruck Aces then head to Swindon on April 11 and Ipswich on April 18, before resuming their home campaign on Easter Monday against Wolverhampton.

BELLE VUE V PETERBOROUGH – 7:30PM – THURSDAY, APRIL 4 [SGBP SC]

Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces: 1 Max Fricke (C), 2 Steve Worrall, 3 Dan Bewley, 4 Ricky Wells, 5 Kenneth Bjerre, 6 Dimitri Berge, 7 Jaimon Lidsey; Team Manager: Mark Lemon

Peterborough ‘Crendon’ Panthers: 1 Rohan Tungate, 2 Lasse Bjerre, 3 Bradley Wilson-Dean, 4 Charles Wright, 5 Hans Andersen (C), 6 Aaron Summers, 7 Ben Barker; Team Manager: Carl Johnson