Track Work Starts Ahead of New Season in New Surroundings
The Comets track maintenance team commenced work ahead of the new season on Saturday (9th February) following the winter refurbishment works that have been undertaken at Derwent Park.
“The first task to be undertaken will be a full track re-grade,” said Comets team manager and co-promoter Tony Jackson.
“Naturally the track surface has been quite heavily trafficked over the past three months while the refurbishment works have taken place as it is the only access route around the perimeter of the rugby pitch. Obviously this, coupled with the wet weather we have experienced over the past few months has had an impact on the track surface, however a few dry days and a bit of work will get everything sorted out ahead of the new season.
“Similarly the pits area provided the only entrance into the ground for any construction vehicles during this period and when we visited on Saturday the contractors were in the process of clearing away all redundant materials and any equipment stored in the pit area ahead of the rugby clubs first home fixture of the season the following day.
“Once all the contractors items have been removed from the pit area we will commence our preparations for the new season, where we have a few changes planned, but Derwent Park certainly looks much improved with new seating in the grandstand, a new combined press and referees box, a refurbished back straight enclosure and a much improved bar area under the grandstand.
“Additionally works have been carried out to the floodlights and a new electronic scoreboard has been installed; and although these works have been carried out with the rugby league club in mind the speedway fans will of course also reap the benefit on race night, which should make their visits to support the Comets this season all the more enjoyable,” added Jackson.
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Last Updated : Mon 11 Feb 2013, 14:03 UK