FIM Speedway of Nations winner Tom Brennan returns to Manchester after securing a second season with Belle Vue in 2022.

The 20-year-old played a key role in Great Britain landing their first world team title since 1989, when he served as their under-21 rider at the SON Final in October, scoring seven points and going unbeaten by an opponent on the National Speedway Stadium shale.

Brennan was signed by the Aces as their rising star for 2021 and, after learning his trade on the tight and technical Eastbourne track, he was pleased to adapt to the fast and furious Manchester circuit.

Now he’s targeting a place in the Aces top five next year. He said: “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to come back to Belle Vue for the 2022 season. I learned so much from my time with the club last year. Everyone from the management to the lads I was on track with gave me a lot of help and encouragement.

“I was, admittedly, a little nervous about the National Speedway Stadium because it was so different to what I’m used to, but towards the end of the year things really stated to click.

“It’s amazing to see all the supporters commenting on Facebook that they wanted to see me back at the club and that is a big relief for me, to be honest.

“The Belle Vue fans have been very welcoming to me. It’s always nice to get along with the fans and to have their backing is very important.

“I want to prove that the faith everyone has in me hasn’t been misplaced, and I would love to prove myself capable by moving out of reserve and into the main body of the team next season. I made a lot of progress in 2021. I want to be a more well-rounded rider and I feel I’m ready to challenge for one of the spots in the main one-to-five.”

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