The National League KOC comes to Manchester this Thursday, June 20 when the 2017 title holders the Belle Vue Colts launch their title pursuit against the Kent Kings at the National Speedway Stadium.
The Cool Running Colts remain a dominant force in league competition and are hoping to bring the same level of consistency to the Knock-Out Cup in the Quarter Final clash with the Kings.
After being rained off against Mildenhall last Monday, the team will step out in their revamped riding order for the first time, with teenage sensation Jordan Palin taking the No.1 race jacket.
And supporters will get their first glimpse of new signing Connor Bailey, who made the round-the-world trip to the UK from Australia to pursue his dream of becoming world champion.
Both teams will be at full-strength for this dynamic meeting, with Drew Kemp spearheading the Kings side and the vastly experienced Rob Ledwith captaining the team at No.5.
Team boss Steve Williams said: “The KOC is an interesting competition; being contested over two legs, and tomorrow is only half-time for both teams so we need to really get stuck in at home.
“The bigger lead we can take down to Sittingbourne the better. Kent have got some strong riders and they are a force to be reckoned with at home, but that also applies to ourselves too.
“We’re excited to finally welcome Connor [Bailey] to the team and to see how the guys perform with the recent reshuffle. But I think the order we’ve got will work well, especially in support of Jordan.
“He couldn’t stay at reserve forever and he’s earned the right to be at No.1. But there’s no added pressure on the lads. We just need to stick to our game plan and, hopefully, come out with a win.”
The second leg of this aggregate clash comes on Monday, June 24 when the Cool Running Colts journey to Sittingbourne with high hopes of making the cut for the Semi-Final against Cradley.
The Rentruck Aces meanwhile finish June with two crucial away fixtures at King’s Lynn and Poole, before returning home on July 1 to take on the Pirates at the National Speedway Stadium.
Tickets for this Premiership home fixture are available at the stadium box office on race night, or in advance online at www.bellevue-speedway.com.
BELLE VUE V KENT – 7:30PM – THURSDAY, JUNE 20 [NL KOC]
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: Jordan Palin, Danny Phillips, Leon Flint, Ben Rathbone, Kyle Bickley (C), Connor Bailey, Ben Woodhull; TM: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin
Kent ‘Touch-Tec’ Kings: Drew Kemp, Alex Spooner, Anders Rowe, Jordan Jenkins, Rob Ledwith (C), Jacob Clouting, Nathan Ablitt; TM: Chris Hunt