Photo by Ian Charles: Dan Bewley (Red) leads Charles Wright (Yellow) and Dimitri Berge (Blue) Belle Vue Aces v Peterborough Panthers, National Speedway Stadium, Manchester, Wednesday, 10, April, 2019

They couldn’t have opened their home campaign in finer style, but Belle Vue delivered and then some against Peterborough after triumphing 50-40 in Wednesday’s Premiership Supporters’ Cup in Manchester.

Not even former Rentruck Aces rider Rohan Tungate could inspire his side to respond to such a powerful performance, with skipper Max Fricke and Steve Worrall making the first waves in Heat 1.

Their opening 5-1 would bolster the teams’ confidence and set the tone for the remainder of the night as the Rentruck Aces continued to go from strength to strength with each race.

But the visitors had plenty of fight in them and kept up the pressure on the home side until another sensational heat advantage from Dan Bewley and Jaimon Lidsey in Heat 11 put them 10 points up.

It left the Panthers with plenty of work to do as the Rentruck Aces continued to dominate and made it two victories from their first two meetings, and skipper Fricke couldn’t hide his delight.

He said: “It was great to see all the boys on fire tonight. There were a couple of struggles but all in all it was a great meeting, the track was fantastic, and the result was just what we wanted.

“Fair play to Peterborough, they pushed us hard and raced really well. We’ve had two good meetings and to get a win both at home and away early doors has been great for our confidence.

“To be honest, I don’t know what we expected from our first few outings given the amount of injuries some of our guys are coming back from, but it’s fair to say it’s been a brilliant start.

“The team is gelling so well. Everyone is working together, there was a great atmosphere in the pits and, hopefully, we can keep building on that and bring out the best in everyone as we go forward.”

Words: Hayley Bromley
Images: Ian Charles

The Rentruck Aces take a break from home racing next week, journeying to Ipswich on April 18 before heading back to Manchester for their traditional Easter Monday clash against Wolverhampton on April 22.

Tickets for the home fixture are available online at and at the stadium box office on race day. Tapes up at 12pm on Easter Monday.


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