[T]he Workington Comets 2017 season gets underway at Derwent Park this coming Saturday (25th March) at 7:00pm with the staging of the long-running Cumberland Open Championship.
This twenty heat, sixteen rider individual event will feature all seven of the 2017 Comets plus nine visiting riders – five of whom have been Comets riders in previous seasons; including last year’s skipper Ricky Wells.
The Cumberland Open Championship was first staged back in 1970 when the sport first came to Derwent Park and was last held in 2013, but with no previous winners in the line-up a new name is guaranteed to be added to the roll of honour on this occasion.
Joining the 2017 Comets – Craig Cook, Thomas Jorgensen, Ty Proctor, Adam Roynon, Mason Campton, Matt Williamson and Rob Shuttleworth are a host of former Comets and top-line riders in what promises to be an excellent way to get the Comets nineteenth successive season under way.
Former Comets Ricky Wells (now with Edinburgh), Charles Wright (Redcar), Ulrich Ostergaard (Peterborough), Tero Aarnio (unattached) and Nathan Greaves (Wolverhampton)are joined by Ben Barker (Redcar), Nicolai Klindt (Leicester), Josh Auty (Scunthorpe) and Nick Morris (Swindon) and all will be out to get their season off to a winning start and prevent a Comet from claiming this prestigious title.
Club owner Laura Morgan said: “I am really looking forward to the new season and this has all the makings of a fantastic evening to get the new campaign off to an exciting start and I am sure that the supporters will enjoy the racing that these sixteen riders will provide.
“Trying to pick the winner of an event like this is never easy and it only takes one mistake and there will be another rider ready to capitalise on it immediately, so anything can happen and it should be a great night for speedway supporters from anywhere to come along and see some great racing and support their particular favourite!”
In addition to the twenty heats of the Cumberland Open Championship there are to be four ‘Demonstration Races’ taking place throughout the evening from the ‘Team GB Youth Riders’ with Ben Woodhull, Luke Woodhull, and local rider James Hitchen lining up with Workington youngster Kyle Bickley, who only last week was named as being the first rider on the Comets 2018 team sheet after it was announced that a ‘Deal in Principle’ had been agreed for him to wear a Comets race-jacket next season.
The 2017 Cumberland Open Championship is sponsored by Maintenance Network, who provide managed building and maintenance solutions and are one of the Comets ‘Key Partners’ for the forthcoming season.