WORKINGTON COMETS v REDCAR BEARS
Saturday 6th April at 7:00pm, Derwent Park, Workington
The Comets get their 2013 season underway for real on Saturday evening at Derwent Park
with their first official fixture of the season when they take on the Redcar Bears, who are
team managed by former Comet (1976 to 1979 inclusive) Brian Havelock, who is also the
Workington welcome Tero Aarnio back into the side after he missed last Sunday's Ian
Thomas Shield 2nd leg visit to Newcastle having picked up muscle and ligament damage to
his shoulder following a spill in his fourth ride in the home leg last Saturday.
Also, with Australian signing Mason Campton still stuck in Australia owing to delays in sorting
out his visa the Comets have had to make an emergency signing to fill the reserve berth that
was intended for Mason – and coming into the side is 30-year-old Essex-based Chris Mills
(4.87 average) to bring the side back up to its full complement of seven riders as they start
out their League Cup campaign. This gives the Comets a combined team average of 42.48 –
the highest in the Premier League and just two-hundredths of a point below the pre-season
42.50 team building ceiling.
Mills, who ironically spent much of last season with Mason's old club Glasgow, will naturally
take a few meetings to get back up to full racing speed having been sat on the sidelines,
while his new team-mates have got at least two meetings under their belts already but he will
bring strength and experience to the side.
Since last weekend both Richard Lawson and Kyle Howarth will each have got two Elite
League matches under their belts. Richard riding for Lakeside at Swindon (Thursday) and at
Lakeside (Friday) while Kyle rode for parent club Poole on Wednesday then as a guest for
Swindon (against Lakeside) the following evening. This will certainly have improved their
Meanwhile, this will be the second outing of the season for Redcar after getting their 2013
campaign underway at home on Thursday evening with a disappointing 38 – 57 home defeat
against Newcastle in the first leg of the Tyne-Tees Trophy. However, they are sure to arrive
at Derwent park with a determination to turn things around immediately and it promises to be
another entertaining clash.
Leading the Bears at number one is former Comets favourite from 2007, the all-action Dane
Dane Ulrich Ostergaard (7.83), while his chief support comes from Australian Aaron
Summers (7.76) who is also the Bears captain.
Czech Republic rider Matej Kus (6.85), a former Czech GP wild-card, occupies the Bears
third heat leader position while their second strings are Australian Hugh Skidmore (6.13), a
winter capture from Sheffield and Boston-born Carl Wilkinson (4.66), a rider that made
several guest appearances for the Comets last season.
At reserve their strong reserve pairing of Australian Micky Dyer (4.54) and German Max
Dilger (4.12) may not take to the track as planned because Dilger suffered an ankle injury in
a heat 14 crash at the South Tees Motorpark last night. If he is ruled out of action on
Saturday evening then his place will be taken by a NL guest.
Following on from the 15-heat League Cup fixture there will be a four-race Northern Junior
League Cup match between the Workington Meteors and the Redcar Bear Cubs; with the
Meteors featuring up and coming riders who have shown plenty of promise at the nearby
Northside Training Track under the watchful eye of former Comet Craig Branney.
The action gets underway at 7:00pm, with turnstiles opening at 6:00pm. Additionally, there will
be the return of centre-green announcer Michael Max to keep proceedings flowing – and with
the weather forecast to be dry and warmer than last week – which would not be too hard, it
promises to be another entertaining evening at Derwent Park.
WORKINGTON ‘THOMAS ARMSTRONG' COMETS
1 Richard Lawson, 2 Tero Aarnio, 3 Rusty Harrison, 4 Kyle Howarth, 5 Rene Bach,
6 Ashley Morris, 7 Chris Mills.
REDCAR ‘ECCO FINISHING SUPPLIES' BEARS
1 Ulrich Ostergaard, 2 Hugh Skidmore, 3 Aaron Summers, 4 Carl Wilkinson, 5 Matej
Kus, 6 Max Dilger (depending on fitness), 7 Micky Dyer.
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