Elite League Speedyway: Aces trump Panthers; Wolves sting Bees
Belle Vue Aces maintained their upturn in form with a 54-39 demolition of Peterborough Panthers on Monday night.
Last Updated: 16/04/13 6:45pm
The Aces made home advantage count at Kirkmanshulme Lane to speed away with the points and move into the play-off places, while the out-of-sorts Panthers are still searching for their first win on the road.
Peterborough made the worst possible start when Ryan Fisher was disqualified from the opening race for jumping the tape and Matej Zagar and Kevin Wolbert capitalised with what was to be the first of three 5+1s for the home side in the opening four heats.
Panthers captain Kenneth Bjerre hit back with double points from the productive Gate 4 to reduce the deficit to 21-12, but the imperious Zagar responded in heat six before Artur Mroczka scored his second win of the evening.
Former Belle Vue rider Patrick Hougaard was having a night to forget but led Kenni Larsen home in Heat 9 for the Panthers' first 5+1, but Zagar pipped Linus Sundstrom on the line in a dramatic Heat 10 for an instant 5+1 reply and another maximum haul killed off any hopes of a comeback from the visitors.
Jason Attwood, the Rentruck Aces team manager, said: "Zagar is really looking the part at No 1 and I am sure he will only get stronger as he gets more and more meetings under his belt.
"But it's no good having a good No 1 if the rest of the team aren't giving him the right support. And we have managed to do that for the second week in a row following our win over Coventry last week."
In Monday night's other Elite League meeting, Wolverhampton Wolves claimed bragging rights in the Midlands derby with a 56-36 victory over the Coventry Bees.
Star duo Tai Woffinden (14+1) and Freddie Lindgren (12) once again took centre stage for the Wolves, who leapfrog Kings Lynn Stars into second-place with the win.
Bottom of the table Coventry were again poor and once more their top two of Scott Nicholls and Krzysztof Kasprzak were well off the pace.