Belle Vue continued their surge up the Elite league table on Saturday night after bagging another three crucial league points in their 43-47 triumph at the Leicester Lion’s Beaumont Park Stadium.
The win ensures the Rentruck Aces continue to pile the pressure on their Play Off rivals as they move joint third with Swindon on 25 points, three short of leaders Lakeside and Wolverhampton.
Early doors the northern powerhouse appeared to be struggling with track conditions as the home guard swiftly forged ahead, gaining a 6-point advantage over the visitors after just two heats.
But true to their unique style and ever-improving away form, the Belle Vue boys were equally quick to bite back and regain control of proceedings with two subsequent race advantages of their own.
The rest was history as the Lions fought valiantly to recover the lead they desperately craved only for the Rentruck Aces to counter their every attempt, though it was by no means an easy feat.
Captain Scott Nicholls lead by example with a superb 14+1 from six rides closely followed by British No.2 Craig Cook with 12+1, who also set a new blistering track record of 60.63 seconds.
After their initial victory at the Jordan Road Surfacing Stadium in April the expectation for a repeat was strong, though the spoils were not merely handed to them says team manager Mark Lemon.
He continued: “It was a pretty tough night to be honest. The Lions presented a really strong home front which exploited the fact that some of our guys didn’t have the the most successful of nights.
“The track conditions weren’t perfect to boot, given the amount of rain they’ve had down here and that certainly threw a spanner into the works for everyone, but I feel we were the better team.
“Obviously it would’ve been nice to get the four points in the bag but we’re very happy to take the three nonetheless. It’s a credit to the boys’ overall performance as a team that we earned them.
“As I’ve said before, having to use Rider Replacement at No.2 is not the most ideal of situations because you are seriously limited on which of your riders you can bring in to cover the rides.
“But it is what is and everyone chipped in and did their job. Bomber was a star guest, dropping just the one point all evening and it was great to see Scott back up there scoring the double figures.
“There’s still work to be done yet though. We head down to Wolverhampton on Monday where we should be back to full strength and we know already to expect a stiff challenge from the Wolves.”
RESULT – SATURDAY JUNE 18TH
Leicester ‘Paul Chapman & Sons’ Lions 43
Josh Auty 12+1, Patrick Hougaard 12, Ludvig Lindgren 8+2, Aaron Summers 6+1, Nicolai Klindt 3, Jason Garrity 1+1, Paul Starke 1
Belle Vue ’Rentruck’ Aces 47
Scott Nicholls 14+1, Craig Cook 12+1, Chris Harris 9+2, Richie Worrall 9+1, Steve Worrall 2, Joe Jacobs 1, Max Fricke R/R