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All eyes on Belle Vue as the Speedway World Cup qualifiers come to town

Speedway of Nations at Belle Vue. Credit: ITV News

The National Speedway Stadium at Belle Vue in Manchester is the venue for the inaugural Speedway of Nations.

Seven countries are battling it out in a tournament that sees teammates from the Belle Vue Aces become rivals for the night.

Here's David Chisnall with the story:

National Speedway Stadium has great potential - say new owners of Belle Vue Aces

New chief executive of Belle Vue Aces, Adrian Smith, says fully utilising Manchester's National Speedway Stadium will help to keep the club financially secure.

Businessmen Tony Rice and Robin Southwell bought the Aces franchise last week ensuring the team will compete in the new British Speedway Premiership.

The club effectively went out of business last year after running into financial problems but Smith told ITV's Mike Hall that the future is now a bright one.

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Chances of Speedway Stadium being ready for Friday put at 50 - 50

The Belle Vue Aces say there is only a 50-50 chance the National Speedway Stadium will be ready in time for their first league meeting of the season on Friday.

There was bitter disappointment and some anger when the grand opening of the new £7 million pound stadium was abandoned on Saturday due to safety issues with the track.

Work has been continuing today to repair two of the corners which have become unrideable due to the recent winter weather.

Dave Gordon is Chief Executive of Belle Vue Speedway:

Construction starts on world class sports centre in Manchester

A computer generated image of the Belle Vue Sports Village Credit: Manchester City Council

Construction has started at the Belle Vue Sports Village.

The £11 million development will bring world class significant national centres for both speedway and basketball to Manchester – along with a new National Speedway Academy that will look to develop the next generation of riders.

The purpose built speedway venue – boasting a 1,842 seat grandstand –will be capable of hosting both national and international race meetings, attracting some of the world’s best riders to east Manchester.

We spoke to Cllr Jeff Smith from Manchester City Council:

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