Elite Draft Reserve Joe Jacobs has vowed to conquer the early campaign gremlins that have left him trailing behind his fellow team mates and says he is “working hard to get back on track.”
The enthusiastic 22-year old has found life in the top flight a challenge after returning to the sport full-time following a 12-month absence, but he’s more determined than ever to kickstart his season.
With the Rentruck Aces set for their home debut on Wednesday against the Swindon Robins, the Ipswich-born racer has made every second of free track time count in the build up to the match.
He said: “It’s been a struggle because haven’t had many meetings. I’m only racing Elite League at the moment and of course what happened with our track has meant I’m still a little race rusty.
“In the same vein, having raced only away from home so far has added to my frustration because they’re meetings against some real quality clubs which I’ve found particularly challenging.
“But I came up to Manchester on Friday to take a few laps after the Colts’ meeting and I practiced again over the weekend. I really wanted to make the most of the track time ahead of Wednesday.
“It has helped tremendously, and hopefully a more consistent schedule will also help going forward. Having just one meeting every fortnight isn’t ideal but our calendar is starting to get much busier.
“More meetings is exactly what I need. I’m not going to read too far into my early season but I am working hard on the areas where I know I’m struggling. I know that I’m capable of much more.”
Tickets for tonight’s mouthwatering clash are as popular as ever and fans are being urged to take full advantage of the club’s handy BV Tickets@Home option to avoid the race night crowds
Jacobs knows he’s got a lot of work to do to shake off his winter cobwebs and catch up with his fellow Belle Vue Aces, but he states he is more than willing to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in.
He said: “I’m working my hardest to get myself back on track. The support I’ve had from the club and the fans has been great and I’m very thankful to everyone for all the encouragement.
“I’m really looking forward to racing Swindon on Wednesday. It’s going to be quite the meeting. It’s our first taste of life at the new stadium and one which we have every intention of winning.
“We’re fired up for this but I’m sure it’ll be tough with the track being an unknown quantity, but once we’ve got ourselves established and found what works I think we’ll be a very strong outfit at home.
“From what I’ve experienced of it, it’s fast and rides exceptionally well. It’s a shame we couldn’t get things going a bit earlier but I think people will find, once they get here, it was well worth the wait.”