Workington Comets have announced Australian rider Ty Proctor as their fourth signing for next season and the second member of last season’s side to be returning in 2018.
The 30-year-old from Longwarry in Victoria proved to be a very popular addition to the Comets line-up in 2017 and club owner Laura Morgan is delighted to secure his services for a second successive campaign.
“When Ty joined us last season, a year later than we had all originally planned, he was determined to make up for lost time having missed out on almost two years of British racing,” she said.
“Obviously after his time away it took him a little while to get fully back into the swing of things but once he did he was soon picking up good scores both home and away and understandably became stronger as the season progressed. So, with that in mind we are very happy that we have been able to agree terms with him to remain a Comet in 2018, where we feel he can only build on his comeback season and increase his average.
“Ty fitted in well with everyone at the club and was popular with the supporters; proven by the fact that he won the Rider of the Year award.
“He has great equipment and a lot of experience and he is always on hand to help out his team-mates if they are having problems. On several occasions last season he was still in the pits long after the meeting helping and encouraging the younger riders if they had machine problems, which is great for the team and something that we like to see.
“He comes into the side on a 7.15 average, which in our opinion is a bargain figure for such a rider of his ability and experience and his signing has given everyone connected with the club a great lift just before Christmas.”
Ty (7.15) now joins Nicolai Klindt (7.51), Dan Bewley (5.80) and Mason Campton (5.73) on the Comets 2018 team sheet making a total of 26.19 points used so far and leaving 16.31 points available for the final three team members in order to come within the 42.50 maximum team building limit.