Rain win­ner in Aces’ bat­tle with Wolves

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - BY HAY­LEY BROM­LEY

THE el­e­ments once again won out over Manchester, bringing an abrupt end to Belle Vue’s hotly an­tic­i­pated top flight fi­nale with Wolver­hamp­ton after a mas­sive down­pour drowned the cir­cuit.

It was an in­tense bat­tle-in-the­mak­ing be­tween two of the Premier­ship’s fiercest ri­vals with the Par­rys In­ter­na­tional Wolves lead­ing by 10 going into the first heat, fol­low­ing a de­layed start.

Per­sis­tent down­pours through­out the day gave way to a fore­casted clear evening and the visitors picked up from where they had left off at Mon­more Green with a strong opening gam­bit.

The Ren­truck Aces then bit back with two huge 5-1s to close the ag­gre­gate gap to just six points, with Jack Smith the Heat 4 hero who gated like light­ing to launch the home team’s come­back.

But just as the hosts were poised to make fur­ther head­way, the weather once again closed in and launched an un­re­lent­ing as­sault on the track which ul­ti­mately track staff were un­able to sal­vage. As the meet­ing fell short of the re­quired Heat 10 min­i­mum to de­clare a re­sult, the ag­gre­gate scores re­set to 40-50 ahead of the re-stag­ing date now con­firmed for Mon­day.

The Aces’ Ken­neth Bjerre said: “After that last bit of rain, there was no way we could carry on. The track had been im­prov­ing be­fore that, but the con­di­tions were far from ideal and al­ready very chal­leng­ing.”

The Cool Run­ning Colts clash with Milden­hall on Oc­to­ber 13 in their KOC semi-fi­nal, while the ACU Bri­tish Side­car Speed­way Cham­pi­onship Fi­nal graces NSS shale on Oc­to­ber 14.

The club’s end of sea­son cel­e­bra­tion, ‘The Maugers’, takes place on Saturday, Oc­to­ber 21. Tick­ets for all up­com­ing events are avail­able at www.belle­vueaces.co and on race night.

For book­ings for ‘The Maugers’, con­tact 0161 711 0828, choos­ing Op­tion 2.

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