Wolves Crowned 2016 EL Champs

Despite a valiant comeback effort, the Belle Vue Aces’ Elite League title dreams were crushed once and for all on Wednesday as the Wolverhampton Wolves were crowned 2016 champions.

The Rentruck Aces were faced with the steepest of tasks ahead of proceedings after going down 54-36 at Monmore Green on Monday, meaning they had an 18-point deficit to somehow overcome.

The evening started with plenty of promise for the home team after they took early control of the meeting, but their opponents weren’t about to surrender the emphatic lead they’d built up so easily.

Five heats in and the Belle Vue boys had cut that lead down to just 10 points, and one race later had already forced the visiting Wolves into tactical territory. Tai Woffinden was their man of choice.

Aces No.6 Richie Worrall rode the race of his life to keep the double World Champion at bay and inspire his team to continue believing that a recovery from such a heavy deficit was still possible.

Richie Worrall leads Tai Woffinden  (IC)

But in the end their efforts were in vain, and though the 50-42 win on the night went the way of the home team, it was the aggregate score of 96-86 which swung in favour of Wolverhampton.

Team manager Mark Lemon, though visibly disappointed to miss out on the Elite League title for a second year on the bounce, was full of praise for the year-long efforts put in by his Belle Vue Aces.

He said: “I’m gutted for the boys because of the effort they put in, not just on Wednesday but all year. But deep down I think we knew from the start that 18 points was going to be a tough ask.

“We never gave up though. We never lost belief, but some things panned out a little differently to how we would want them to which then affected the situation we found ourselves in. It was tough.

“That’s racing though. Someone had to lose in the end and we’re of course disappointed. When you look at where we are to where we’ve come from, as a club, it’s quite a journey we’ve had.

“Overall it’s been a pretty successful year, we’re just gutted we couldn’t finish the job. We win as a team and lose as a team, and everyone over the course of the season has done their job.

“Losing the championship is a bitter pill to swallow but to make the grand final is not a bad thing in front of a packed house. We tried our best and gave it everything but sadly it wasn’t enough.

“This team has been tremendous to work with. They’re a great bunch of guys who deserve to be successful and even though we lost the title, we still topped the table. So I guess that’s something.”

The Belle Vue Aces


Belle Vue ’Rentruck’ Aces 50

Matej Zagar 10+1, Max Fricke 9, Joe Jacobs 9+3, Craig Cook 8+1, Richie Worrall 7, Steve Worrall 4, Scott Nicholls 3+1

Wolverhampton ‘Parrys International’ Wolves 42
Freddie Lindgen 14, Tai Woffinden 11, Peter Karlsson 8, Sam Masters 3+1, Kyle Howarth 3, Jacob Thorssell 2, Max Clegg 1+1

Wolverhampton win 96-86 on aggregate and are crowned 2016 Elite League Champions

Wednesday 5th October 2016