OXFORD Spires will welcome British speedway’s most successful team for the first time in 17 years tomorrow evening.

The world-famous Belle Vue Aces visit Sandy Lane, and as well as the two points for victory, there is also an aggregate bonus point at stake, after Belle Vue beat Spires 51-39 at the National Speedway Stadium last week.

Aces went top of the table after a victory over King’s Lynn Stars on Monday.

Belle Vue are the most successful team in British speedway history, having been top flight league champions on 11 occasions.

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Oxford have won five top flight championships of their own, and tomorrow night will be the first clash between the two clubs at Oxford Stadium since 2007.

Both sides are due to be unchanged from last Monday. Craig Cook will make his home debut for Spires, after impressive away performances at Sheffield Tigers and Belle Vue, while it will also be the first home meeting since Rohan Tungate moved to number one for Spires.

Belle Vue are led by British Grand Prix star Dan Bewley, who makes his first appearance at Sandy Lane.

Bewley won the 2022 British GP at Cardiff, and is currently sixth in the world standings after three rounds in 2024.

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Spires team manager Peter Schroeck said: “The boys go into the meeting knowing exactly what we need to do. It’s essential to win your home meetings, that’s the minimum, while we haven’t ruled out the aggregate bonus point by any means because I feel we’re more than capable of pulling back the 12 points.

“Our track is very different to Belle Vue, plus four of their side haven’t ridden around our track before. Our track is very fair and it’s a track that many visiting riders enjoy, but we’ll be looking to be firing from the off and pulling those points back.

“Belle Vue are currently flying high in the Premiership table and much of that is based on their 100 per cent record so far in picking up the aggregate points. It would be very nice to be the first team to take the bonus point off the Aces this season and I honestly think we’re capable of doing it.

“Belle Vue are a big club, full of speedway history, and the Aces haven’t been at Oxford for many years. It will be a fabulous occasion to have Dan Bewley and the rest of the Aces competing at Oxford Stadium, but we’re keen to send them back to Manchester with no league points to show for their efforts. It promises to be a fabulous evening.”