Flying Frenchman David Bellego put in a spectacular performance to lead Sheffield to a 50-40 win over Redcar at Owlerton last night.
The middle order man was unbeaten by an opposing rider until the final race of the night as he put in a fine display to ensure the play-off bound Tigers overcame a spirited Bears side to end their regular season home programme with a win.
Looking to build on their magnificent triumph over Edinburgh last week, Jack Lee’s side got off to a nightmare start as they conceded back to back 5-1s in the opening two races.
However, the classy Bellego settled their nerves as he blasted around Matej Kus to win heat three before Jason Garrity and Josh Bates delivered a comfortable 5-1.
They still trailed at the halfway stage before Bellego sensationally rounded Kus and Matthew Wethers to hit the front alongside Nicolai Klindt in heat nine and swing the tide in their favour.
With the meeting still hanging in the balance after the interval, Bellego and Bates quelled any doubts as they romped clear in heat 12.
Bates - who bounced back from a last place in his opening ride to enjoy another tremendous evening - was involved in another 5-1 in the penultimate race as Danish racer Klindt notched a second successive win to wrap up victory for the Tigers before Bellego narrowly missed out on what would have been a well-deserved maximum in heat 15.
Despite somewhat stuttering early on, it was another professional performance from Jack Lee’s side, who will have a new look for the play-offs with the return of Andre Compton and the addition of Robin Aspegren taking effect next week.
Bellego’s heroics were backed up by another stunning Owlerton display from Bates, whilst Garrity and Klindt also added some important points in what was another solid team performance.
Sheffield will face a swift return to action as they travel to Redcar for the return fixture tonight (7.30) before a trip to local rivals Scunthorpe with a new-look side in their final meeting before the play-offs on Monday.
SHEFFIELD 50: David Bellego 12+2, Josh Bates 12+2, Jason Garrity 8+2, Brady Kurtz 8, Nicolai Klindt 6+1, Paco Castagna 2+1, Zack Wajtknecht 2.
REDCAR 40: Ricky Wells 12+1, Jonas Andersen 7+2, Dimitri Berge 7+1, Matthew Wethers 6, Matej Kus 5, Jan Graversen 3+2, Stuart Robson r/r.