Opening Night Postponed due to Waterlogged Track
Photo by Dave PayneSat 28 Mar 2015
It is with great disappointment that tonight's opening home fixture of the 2015 season against Redcar has had to be postponed.
Heavy overnight and morning rain had left the Derwent Park circuit very soft. But, with further rain forecast, getting heavier in the early evening, the decision was taken to postpone the fixture.
This followed a joint track inspection by Co-promoter and Team Manager Tony Jackson, Track Curator Anthony Denham, Comet Rusty Harrison and meeting Referee Jim McGregor, who had been in the area fulfilling a social engagement. But, with everyone in agreement that the track had reached it's limit and could not cope with any further rain whatsoever, the decision to postpone the fixture was inevitable.
Afterwards Team manager Tony Jackson said: "After Thursday's great result away at Redcar it is obviously very disappointing and frustrating for everyone involved as after almost five months we will now have to wait a further week to see some competitive action around Derwent Park.
"The weather could not have been any different to last week's glorious day for press and practice but unfortunately it yet again proves that the biggest obstacle British Speedway faces is the British weather!
"At present we have no date to re-arrange the fixture but it is highly likely to be much later in the season as the scheduled competitive fixtures will obviously have to take priority once we get up and running."
The Comets next two fixtures are Home and Away clashes with the Newcastle Diamonds next weekend, which is of course Easter weekend, in the Ian Thomas Shield.
Workington host the Diamonds at 7:00pm next Saturday, 4th April at Derwent Park in the first leg, with the second leg taking place at Newcastle's Brough Park the following day, Easter Sunday, with a 6:30pm start.
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Last Updated : Sat 28 Mar 2015, 13:25 UK