Belle Vue’s final domestic league fixture before the Premiership play offs ended in a washout after the weather put paid to the action at the Abbey Stadium before a result could be declared.
The Rentruck Aces were leading by 11-25 after Heat 6 before a major downpour unleashed its wrath, bringing racing to a halt for over half an hour before the club had to admit defeat.
Craig Cook continued his rich vein of form being unbeaten in his first two rides with Dimitri Bergé flying high and leading with 7+2 from three rides and Steve Worrall adding an impressive 4+1.
Worrall said: “We’re disappointed not to have been able to get a result. We came out all guns blazing and built up a very healthy lead but unfortunately, just as we did, the rain came down.
“We tried to get a move on and get as far as we could in the meeting but it became apparent that conditions were only going to deteriorate and so the decision to postpone was the right one.
“The atmosphere in the pits was so relaxed. Everyone was calm, we were having a good laugh and just generally enjoying ourselves knowing that the job we needed to do had been done.
“If we can carry that feeling and momentum through into the play offs we’ll be a real force to be reckoned with. It’s our fourth consecutive shot at the title and we want to make 2018 our year.”
Meanwhile, the Cool Running Colts wrap up their domestic league fixtures at home against the Isle of Wight on Friday, September 7 with their play off ambitions now hanging in the balance.
A win would take them onto 30 points and up to third in the table ahead of their final away meeting at Kent, where they’re targeting a big performance to keep themselves in contention.
But the number of clubs hovering around fourth place is starting to build up, meaning their fate may be dictated by their rivals should results up and dow/n the country not swing in their favour.
They refuse to go down without a fight however, as club No.2 Ben Woodhull says: “We’ve done the best we can with the time we’ve had, but there’s still time left for us to make the difference.
“It’s a must-win match against the Isle of Wight. Most other teams have matches in hand over us and three points could be vital as we move forward, and that’s something we’re all aware of.
“It’s not the best feeling to know that some elements of our play offs hopes are out of our hands but we’re not prepared to sit back and accept anything until the final chequered flag falls.
“We’re confident in our abilities at home but we’re not underestimating the Warriors. They have some good riders who can do damage to our chances so we need to maintain our focus.”
RESULT - SWINDON V BELLE VUE - THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 [SGBP]
Belle Vue ‘Rentruck’ Aces 25: Dimitri Berge 7+2, Craig Cook 6, Steve Worrall 4+1, Todd Kurtz 4, Max Fricke 3, Rohan Tungate 1+1, Dan Bewley R/R
Swindon ‘CFS Filtration’ Robins 11: Tobiasz Musielak 5, Nick Morris 2, Adam Ellis 1+1, Troy Batchelor 1, David Bellego 1, Zach Wajtknecht 1, Jack Smith 0
Abandoned after Heat 6 (rain) – Result does not stand.
BELLE VUE V ISLE OF WIGHT - 7:30PM - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 [TPTNL]
Belle Vue ‘Cool Running’ Colts: Ben Wilson (G), Ben Woodhull, Tom Perry, Joe Lawlor, Jack Smith (C), Paul Bowen, Kean Dicken; TM: Steve Williams & Graham Goodwin
Isle of Wight ‘Wightlink’ Warriors: Danny Ayres (G), Danno Verge, Scott Campos (C), Chris Widman, Jason Edwards, Dale Lamb, Shaun Tedham; TM: Kevin Shepherd