|Monday, July 3, 2023||7:30 pm||Sports Insure Premiership R2||2023|
BELLE VUE’s lead at the top of the Sports Insure Premiership is up to nine points after an emphatic 57-33 win over Wolverhampton at the National Speedway Stadium.
The Aces raced clear in the second half of the meeting, limiting the second-placed team to just three race wins in a dominant performance.
Skipper Brady Kurtz (13+1) and Dan Bewley (11+1) led the way, whilst Jack Smith stepped in as a guest in the Rising Star berth with Jake Mulford injured and was involved in a big 5-1 in Heat 8 with Norick Blodorn.
Wolves skipper Sam Masters won two races and finished on ten points, but the Midlands side suffered their heaviest defeat of the season.
Kurtz said: “Track conditions maybe caught us out a bit early on but I think we got dialled in as usual and got another great result so things have been going good for us.
“It’s a shame about Jake because he was really starting to show some good progress which was great to see, but Jack did a great job for us and stepped up when we needed him to.
“Wolves have always been a bit of a bogey team for us so to win so emphatically was very impressive from all the boys and we’ve put ourselves in a great position for next week.”
Wolves boss Peter Adams said: “Not enough heat winners and too many passengers, it was as simple as that here. Take nothing away from Belle Vue though, they were very good and they look set fair for the play-offs.
“There were three 5-1s in four heats in the middle part of the match and that has happened to us so many times over the recent years.
“But they were just in irresistible form and you’ve just got to say that we were beaten by the much better team on the day.”
SPORTS INSURE PREMIERSHIP R2
BELLE VUE 57: Brady Kurtz 13+1, Dan Bewley 11+1, Norick Blodorn 9+1, Jaimon Lidsey 8, Charles Wright 7+2, Tom Brennan 7+2, Jack Smith 2+1.
WOLVERHAMPTON 33: Sam Masters 10, Ryan Douglas 8+1, Rory Schlein 6+3, Leon Flint 4+1, Steve Worrall 3, Zach Cook 2, Luke Becker r/r.
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Photo credit: IAN CHARLES