Double Whammy Weekend

It’s a busy weekend for both Belle Vue teams, with the Rentruck Aces and Cool Running Colts heading south for their next round of Premiership and National League action away from home.
The Aces are bound for Leicester for the first time this season with a slightly modified field, owing to the absence of Max Fricke and Craig Cook who are both taking part in the GP Qualifier in Italy.
Knowing ahead of their international commitments, team boss Mark Lemon moved to secure the services of in-form Nick Morris and Josh Grajczonek, who needs no introduction as a former Ace.

Dan Bewley & Justin Sedgmen lead Michael Palm-Toft
Even without two of their heat leaders, Justin Sedgmen insists it’s not beyond his side to leave Beaumont Park with at least a point and added his support for his manager’s choice of substitutes.
He said: “Ideally we would have our full team make the journey to Leicester but Nick and Josh are two good guests. They’re professional and I’m sure Mark [Lemon] will get the best out of them.
“From our point of view, we’ll be treating this as we would any other meeting. We’ve got a fair bit of work to do this month so we need to crack on and hopefully produce the goods on Saturday night.
“Leicester have shown themselves to be a feisty opponent and we know they have the home advantage but it’s not beyond us to keep things close enough to get a point, or hopefully more.”
The Cool Running Colts meanwhile head further south to Eastbourne’s Arlington Stadium targeting a big performance against their closest rivals in the chase for National League glory.
Rob Shuttleworth and Lee Payne remain sidelined through injury while the senior team command priority over Dan Bewley and Jack Smith, who are in action for the Rentruck Aces at Leicester.
But even without their big guns, team boss Graham Goodwin is quick to point out that in similar situations in the past, his side has never failed to secure at least a point away from home.
He said: “It’s been a bit of a nightmare to patch the team up ahead of this fixture but we’re really happy with our choice of guests in Liam Carr, Dan Greenwood and Ben Hopwood.
“We’ll be running R/R for Lee Payne at No.2 which means everyone gets a ride, though I must say even with a full team, Eastbourne is always going to be tough; they’re our closest rivals.
“They have a strong, well-balanced team that’s always difficult to defeat at home but we’re not going down there to roll over. We’re ready to fight and hopefully we come away with the rewards.”
The best of British battle for glory in Manchester on June 19 when the Integro British Final comes to the National Speedway Stadium for the second year running.
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Leicester ‘Watling JCB’ Lions
Kim Nilsson, Erik Riss, Jason Garrity, Lasse Bjerre, Danny King (C), Josh Bates, Danny Ayres
Team Manager: Jim Lynch
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces

Nick Morris (G), Steve Worrall, Kenneth Bjerre, Justin Sedgmen, Josh Grajczonek (G), Dan Bewley, Jack Smith
Team Manager: Mark Lemon


Eastbourne ‘IT First’ Eagles
Tom Brennan, Mark Baseby, Georgie Wood, Matt Bates, Jake Knight, Taylor Hampshire, Charley Powell
Team Manager: Glenn Martin
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts
Ben Hopwood (G), Rob Shuttleworth R/R, Dan Greenwood (G), Kyle Bickley, Liam Carr (G), Andy Mellish, Luke Woodhull, Ben Woodhull (No.8)
Team Managers: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin

Photo - Ian Charles

Saturday 17th June 2017