By Henry Chard
All the details ahead of our Sports Insure Premiership R2 fixture with Belle Vue.
WHEN & WHERE
The Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches travel to Manchester to face Belle Vue at the National Speedway Stadium on Monday 17th July in a Sports Insure Premiership R2 fixture that starts at 7.30pm.
BELLE VUE: 1. Dan Bewley 8.28 2. Norick Blödorn 5.69 3. Jaimon Lidsey 7.25 4. Charles Wright 6.67 5. Brady Kurtz 8.28 © 6. Tom Brennan 5.66 7. Connor Bailey (RS). Team Manager: Mark Lemon
IPSWICH: 1. Emil Sayfutdinov 9.80 2. Keynan Rew 4.00 3. Danny King 6.73 © 4. Erik Riss 5.93 5. Jason Doyle 9.66 6. Danyon Hume 3.92 7. Dan Thompson (RS). Team Manager: Chris Louis
REFEREE: S. Perkin
SPORTS INSURE PREMIERSHIP TABLE
Tickets can be purchased on the gate and online in advance here.
The Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches are back in Sports Insure Premiership action again on Monday as they head to Manchester to take on the Belle Vue Aces. The Witches were beaten by the Aces at Foxhall on Thursday, a result that leaves them needing a mountain to climb to make the top four. A trip to the National Speedway Stadium is a daunting one for most with the Manchester side flying high at the top of the table but Ipswich know they must produce a result on the road urgently to keep any outside play-off ambitions alive.
The Witches were beaten by 20 points on their last visit to Belle Vue earlier in the season with only Emil Sayfutdinov hitting double figures. The away team are at full strength and field the same riding order as on Thursday. Promoter Chris Louis will be team manager for the night with Ritchie Hawkins unavailable due to work commitments.
FROM THE PROMOTER
Ipswich ‘Tru Mix’ Witches promoter Chris Louis gives us his pre-match thoughts…
“We have got to go there and ask the riders as individuals to give 100% and look for solutions to their own problems. We have got to work with what we have got and get the best out of what we have got. I do feel for Jason and Emil, it’s not just the fact that they are scoring big points, it is the effort they are putting in, it is huge, and they just want to win. It is very disappointing for them when we are not winning, and I would like to see us put in a team performance. Realistically we can’t expect to win at Belle Vue, but I want us to put in a decent performance.
“For this country it is a one-off track, it is more like a continental track, it is more like being in Poland or Sweden and I think the home riders are all riders that know and enjoy the track and conditions. They are dialled into it; they’ve got good engines and plenty of speed and they know exactly what to do. It is a difficult track to go to for all teams but then you get teams like Wolverhampton who go there and always put in a decent performance and they have been beaten at home, they are not invincible by any means. For us right now of course it is a tough place to go to, they are flying high at the top of the table.”
Belle Vue have all but confirmed their place in the play-offs already as they look to retain their title. The Aces hold a 10-point lead at the top of the table although they have raced more fixtures than their nearest rivals. Mark Lemon’s side will be full of confidence after victory in Suffolk and will be hoping to add another three points to their tally having put themselves in pole position for the aggregate bonus point.
Captain Brady Kurtz secured their victory in heat 15 at Foxhall and he and Dan Bewley will be hard men to pass in Manchester if they hit the front. Tom Brennan is a powerful reserve and showed that at Foxhall, hitting 11+2 from number six.
For more information about the club head to Belle Vue’s official website.
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