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2015 Press Day Review
Photo by Dave Payne
Sat 21 Mar 2015 by Comets Press Office
The sun shone brightly on the Comets as their 2015 season got underway with a successful Press and Practice at Derwent Park.
All seven 2015 Comets took the opportunity to get plenty of laps under their belt and get back into the groove ahead of the Comets first fixtures next week.

Last season's team members; skipper Rene Bach, Kyle Howarth and Ricky Wells took no time at all getting re-aquainted with their home track while for the returning Comet Rusty Harrison it was like slipping on a comfortable pair of shoes as he eased himself back into business on the track where he has completed more laps than any other in his career.

For Kenneth Hansen (making his first visit to the track since 2007) it was a case of getting used to the track once again, which he did very quickly indeed.

Kenneth commented how it had changed since his previous stint as a Comet; after which the home straight was widened and of course the air fence has also been added.

Nicki Barrett made sure he got plenty of laps in, having only made a limited number of appearances there in the past; however that was more than youngster Nathan Greaves, who had never even been to Workington before - let alone ridden the track!

Nevertheless, despite young Nathan hitting the deck twice - first after lifting as he exited turn four and then as he rode a wide line on turn two he admitted to "loving the place" right away. Naturally Nathan was tentative to begin with but by the end the improvement was there for all to see as he got more and more laps under his belt and got the feel of the place, aided by plenty of advice from his more experienced team-mates.

The rivalry between close friends Rene Bach and Kenneth Hansen was plain to see while Kyle Howarth summed it up perfectly when he said: "you forget just how big and fast this place is!"

Afterwards team manager Tony Jackson said: "All the boys had a good workout today and, while you can never tell how things are going to go from a day like this, it was good to see everyone mucking in together and passing on advice to the newer team members.

"Unlike last year we may not start as the title favourites, but on this showing the potential for improvement in this side is tremendous and I think a few members of the 2015 side could be set for a breakthrough year in their careers."

The Comets take to the track for the first time as a team this coming Thursday (26th March) at Redcar in the first leg of the A66 Challenge Trophy, with the return fixture set to open the Comets home campaign at Derwent Park next Saturday, 28th March, at 7:00pm.
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Last Updated :  Sat 21 Mar 2015, 20:16 UK
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