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Comets v Tigers & Rebels - Race-day Update
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 06 Sep 2014 by Comets Press Office
The Comets are the only one of the three sides at full strength tonight, although guests and rider replacement haven't weakened our opponents too much, in fact it may even have strengthened one of them!
The Comets go into this evening's double-header meeting (start time 6:30pm) at full-strength - a rare occurence this season following a succession of injuries to various team members along with various doubling-up and international commitments.

The riding order remains unchanged from last Saturday although each rider now has a new official average as the Green Sheet Averages for September are now in force.

The Comets line up for both matches as follows:

1 Josh Grajczonek 8.86
2 Ricky Wells 7.46
3 Rene Bach (captain) 7.93
4 Mason Campton 4.80
5 Kyle Howarth 6.19
6 Joe Jacobs 3.89
7 Simon Lambert 3.06
Team Manager: Tony Jackson

Meanwhile the Tigers yet again arrive at Derwent Park without their new young Swede Victor Palovaara who, on this occasion, is riding in the Swedish Under-21 Championship Final. In his absence Glasgow are operating Rider Replacement for Palovaara, who is number one in the Tigers averages by virtue of his 7.00 assessed average, which he was issued with upon his introduction to British speedway.

Additionally, French youngster Dimitri Berge is still sidelined with the broken arm he sustained in a French Longtrack meeting in mid-August and he is replaced by former Comet Chris Mills as a guest at reserve.

The introduction of Chris Mills means that exactly half of the six riders wearing a Tigers race-jacket this evening wore Comets colours last season as he joins permanent Tigers Rusty Harrison and recent recruit Tero Aarnio on track tonight.

1 Rider Replacement - Victor Palovaara 7.00
2 Theo Pijper (captain) 6.60
3 Kevin Wolbert 5.86
4 Tero Aarnio 5.71
5 Rusty Harrison 6.48
6 Kasper Lykke Nielsen 4.46
7 Chris Mills (3.73 Guest) 4.90
Team Manager: Stewart Dickson

The reigning league champions and current leaders of the Premier League; the Somerset Rebels arrive at Derwent Park with three of their regular side missing for a variety of reasons.

First season Australian sensation Brady Kurtz is ruled out due to a recently sustained broken upper left arm and the Rebels are operating Rider Replacement for him.

Additionally, Nick Morris is riding for his Elite League side Swindon at Leicester, and in his place the Rebels have astutely brought in former Comet Rusty Harrison as a guest. So, Rusty will now be riding in both of tonight's matches.

In a late change to tonight's Rebels they are now also without the services of Swede Pontus Aspgren, who sustained a knee injury in last night's Swedish Final. He will now be replaced by a late guest replacement; Glasgow's Dutch rider Theo Pijper who, like Rusty Harrison, will now also take part in both of this evening's matches.

Finally, a reminder that the Rebels side includes former Comet Charles Wright, who is still a Workington asset and enjoying his best ever season in the sport.

1 Olly Allen (captain) 8.64
2 Rider Replacement - Brady Kurtz 7.54
3 Charles Wright 6.92
4 Theo Pijper (6.60 Guest) 7.08
5 Rusty Harrison (6.48 Guest) 7.56
6 Todd Kurtz 5.81
7 Paul Starke 4.92
Team Manager: Garry May

The referee for both matches is Willie Dishington and the weather forecast is good, so everything is set for two cracking speedway fixtures, both of which are vitally important to the Comets play-off aspirations.
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