A new riding order this week
Photo by Dave PayneWed 20 Aug 2014
The Comets will be using a new riding order this week plus the visit of Glasgow sees TWO of last year's Comets lining up for the Tigers!
The Comets will be taking to the track twice in two days as they continue their attempt to get their remaining seventeen Premier League fixtures raced ahead of the Sunday 14th September cut-off date for play-off qualification.
First up, tomorrow evening, Thursday 21st August, the Comets are in action at Ipswich's Foxhall Heath circuit where they will take on the very much in-form Ipswich Witches in what promises to be one of the toughest fixtures on the Comets long list of matches yet to be raced.
This fixture will see the Comets debut of new signing Joe Jacobs, at what is his local track, and the Ipswich-born Comet will no doubt be keen to put on a good show there.
After facing the Witches it will be a dash back up north to prepare for the Comets versus Glasgow Premier League fixture, which takes place at Derwent Park on Friday evening with the action getting underway at 7:30pm. There will also be a Northern Junior League fixture after the Comets versus Glasgow fixture, with the Workington Meteors taking on the Northside Stars in what has to be one of the closest local derbies in the sport!
The Comets v Tigers fixture at Derwent Park has all the makings of being a big reunion as the Comets side now contains three former Glasgow riders – Josh Grajczonek, Mason Campton and now Joe Jacobs, who rode for the Tigers last season.
Meanwhile the Glasgow side includes Testimonial man, and popular former Comet, Rusty Harrison – we are hoping to be able to agree a new date with Rusty for his re-arranged meeting very soon, with his original staging having been rained off back in April.
Additionally, Glasgow will be tracking their new signing, last year's Comet Tero Aarnio, who this week agreed to join the Tigers having sat out the 2014 British season so far. No doubt Tero will be keen to show Comets fans just what they have missed as well as aiming to impress his new club and their supporters.
The Comets will be tracking National League guests in place of the injured Simon Lambert in both fixtures, with James Sarjeant deputising at Ipswich on Thursday and Liam Carr once again filling in at Derwent Park on Friday evening.
Meanwhile, a change in the riding order for this week's two fixtures sees Ricky Wells move into the number two position, with the fit again Kyle Howarth now slotting into the number five race-jacket.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson explained the reasons for the change: “Basically, we are simply trying to find a combination that is more productive than our present line-up. Ricky has noticeably struggled somewhat since moving to the tough number five position so, having had a good chat with all of the riders, we are trying a swap with Ricky and Kyle to see if that combination can work better for us as a team overall. If a change in riding order can provide the team with a few extra points then it can mean the difference between reaching a top-six play-off position or not.”
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Last Updated : Wed 20 Aug 2014, 23:04 UK