Belle Vue Aces press day 2018. PICTURED IS - Craig Cook

Craig Cook is targeting a big performance in the second leg of Belle Vue’s Charity Shield clash against Swindon after dusting off the cobwebs at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday.

The current British Champion was happy to come away from his first meeting as the Rentruck Aces’ new No.1 with 7+1 from his four programmes rides but insists there’s much more to come.

His side showed a great deal of potential in their season opener from which they take a 6-point advantage to the Abbey Stadium, where they hope to clinch their first silverware of 2018.

Cook said: “We have a very capable team with a lot of knowledge from one rider to another, and the Abbey Stadium is a place we all like to ride and have had some great meetings in the past.

“We’ve every chance of going there and hitting Swindon as hard as they hit us on Monday. It was an epic meeting and it’s not over yet, and I know the lads are as keen as I am to finish the job.

“I’m sure Rosco [Alun Rossiter] will make sure his boys are fired up for this one so we’re taking nothing for granted. We know we’re going to have to give it our all to get the result we want.”

There’s more speedway action at the National Speedway Stadium this week with Belle Vue’s 90th Anniversary Celebration, featuring the Peter Craven Memorial, on Saturday March 24.

Club favourites Steve Worrall and Craig Cook will face off against some of the biggest names in global speedway, including world champion Jason Doyle, Niels-Kristian Iversen and Matej Zagar.

In addition to the main meeting, a smorgasbord of other motorcycling disciplines will take to the track for a wide array of demonstration laps to honour the club’s landmark 90th year at the tapes.

Tickets are available now via the club’s official website at

Words: Hayley Bromley,Images: Eddie Garvey


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