THE ‘Cases’ Somerset Rebels will create another small piece of club history tomorrow, when the world famous Belle Vue Aces make their first-ever appearance at the Oaktree Arena to face the Rebels in an SGB Premiership fixture, writes Ian Belcher.

Despite 2017 being Somerset’s first season in the top flight of British Speedway, they have met all the other teams in the Premiership in official fixtures, with Belle Vue being the only exception.

Belle Vue have had a good start to their league campaign, having only failed to secure league points on just one occasion this season, that being when Somerset pulled off a sensational win at the Aces’ National Speedway Stadium home at the beginning of May.

The Aces track a potentially formidable line-up, with Max Fricke, the current Under-21s World Champion, among their ranks, while their captain, Craig Cook, is the holder of the Oaktree Arena track record, and in Dane Kenneth Bjerre they have a previous holder of the Somerset track record.

With Somerset’s Bank Holiday Monday clash at Swindon falling foul of the weather, it means it will have been nigh on two weeks since the team rode together as a unit, but team manager Garry May does not see that as too much of an issue.

He said: “In an ideal world it might have been good if our recent new signings had got some more laps of the Oaktree Arena under their belt but, in saying that, they’ve all ridden here on many occasions in the past.

“I don’t think there will be any race rustiness.”