April 13, 2024
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Big names sign up for Belle Vue’s Peter Craven Memorial season opener!

BELLE Vue are starting big with their plans for the 2024 Peter Craven Memorial, with four big names having given their seal of approval to appearing at the National Speedway Stadium on March 18.

Reigning British Champion Dan Bewley, World No.2 Freddie Lindgren, Grand Prix star Max Fricke and American international Luke Becker are first to join the field of the club’s season opener.

Bewley, who picked up back-to-back victories in the British Final in 2023, completed his first full Grand Prix campaign to rank an overall seventh in the world.

A past winner of the Peter Craven Memorial, the ATPI Aces top gun will be looking to bag victory number two when the Speedway season kicks off in Manchester next month.

Lindgren, who came to within a whisker of his first world title in 2023, is also hoping to make Peter Craven history by becoming the first Swedish winner of the event.

And likewise, both Fricke and Becker will be targeting their first win in the prestigious Belle Vue opener, with Becker hoping to emulate the likes of Billy Hamill, Greg Hancock and Shawn and Kelly Moran.

The Americans dominated the competition throughout the late 80s and early 90s, and a win would make Becker the first USA racer to reign victorious in 22 years!

Belle Vue CEO Mark Lemon is already delighted with how the field is shaping up and is confident the line-up will do justice to Peter Craven’s ongoing legend.

He said: “We don’t do anything by halves at Belle Vue. It’s go big or go home, and I’m very excited about the field we have put together for this year’s Peter Craven Memorial.

“Each of the four riders we have announced today are more than just big names in the sport. They have skills and talent befitting their international reputation.

“We are privileged at Belle Vue to enjoy such world class racing each week from our ATPI Aces, and it only makes sense that we start off by welcoming some of the best riders in the world to this track.

“Dan [Bewley] knows what it’s like to win this meeting and he is a powerful force at home, but nothing is set in stone and in the past there have been many dark horses in this event.

“I’m sure supporters will be extremely happy with these guys to kick things off and we can’t wait to share the rest of the field.”

Tickets for the 2024 Peter Craven Memorial are now available to book online via our official online portal at BELLEVUE-SPEEDWAY.COM/EVENTS.

Words: Hayley Bromley – Images: Ian Charles

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