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Danish rider Hougaard joins Aces


Belle Vue have signed teenager Patrick Hougaard as a replacement for fellow Dane Jonas Raun.

Hougaard's debut is at Peterborough on Thursday and his first home appearance against Coventry on Monday.

Aces co-promoter Gordon Pairman told the Manchester Evening News: "Patrick was one of several riders our team manager Chris Morton had spoken to.

"Scout Alun Biggart said he was sold on joining the same side as Jason Crump and Charlie Gjedde."

Hougaard arrives on a four-point average which, after the new July official averages came into force, leaves the Aces with little scope for further changes.

The teenager said: "I have given myself two years to achieve my ambition of becoming a full-time professional rider. I want to see how I progress in that period and getting the chance to ride for Belle Vue will be a great experience for me."

The arrival of Hougaard signals the end of hopes of bringing German champion Martin Smolinski to Kirkmanshulme Lane.

see also
Crump claims British Grand Prix
29 Jun 08 |  Speedway
Crump inspire Aces to Witches win
24 Jun 08 |  Speedway
Aces snap up Croatian youngster
18 Jun 08 |  Speedway
Smolinski heads Aces wanted list
25 Jun 08 |  Speedway

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