Rusty's 'Didgeri Do' countdown is underway!
Photo by Dave PayneTue 07 Apr 2015
This Saturday, (11th April) sees Derwent Park take a break from Comets fixtures to host the Rusty Harrison Testimonial meeting, which gets underway with a parade from 6:30pm leading up to the first race at 7:00pm.
The meeting itself takes the form of a 16-rider, 20-heat individual meeting, with the top four point-scorers going into a Grand Final to decide the overall winner and Rusty has assembled a quality field for his well-deserved testimonial meeting and amongst the 16-rider line-up are plenty of faces that are familiar to Comets supporters.
Current Comets Kenneth Hansen, Kyle Howarth, Ricky Wells and Rusty himself will be joined by former Comets Josh Grajczonek (Somerset and Poole) and James Wright.
Additionally a host of Rusty's fellow-Aussies are taking part, including the in-form Elite League star Rory Schlein, who rides for King's Lynn, Aaron Summers, Nick Morris and Kozza Smith (all Glasgow), while up-and-coming Dane Lasse Bjerre (Redcar), French number one David Bellego (Sheffield) and Newcastle skipper (Ludvig Lindgren) are amongst the others taking part.
Joining the riders on parade will be local Team GB wheelchair racer Simon Lawson and Rusty's former team-mate and ex-Comet Garry Stead – both aboard motorcycles.
Additionally, the cream of Britain's 125cc Youth racers will be taking part in a series of races and a special edition, 24-page, full-colour, large format souvenir programme will be on sale for the event.
Afterwards there will be an after-meeting celebration at The Waverley Hotel in Workington, where various items of memorabilia will be auctioned off and in addition there will also be a raffle and various presentations taking place.
Rusty, who is currently in his tenth season in a Comets race-jacket since first appearing for the club back in 2001, is now second in the Comets all-time appearance table and is very much looking forward to his big night after having the misfortune to have his meeting postponed twice last season due to the weather.
Rusty said: “To organise one meeting is hard enough, but to have to do it three times is incredibly difficult given the schedules of speedway riders these days.
“Speaking on behalf of not just myself, but my hard-working Testimonial Committee too, we hope that everyone that comes along has a thoroughly enjoyable evening's entertainment and we get a good safe night of racing.
“I'd like to thank every single person that has contributed in any way towards getting us to where we are now, especially after the disappointments of last season's postponements, and hopefully we can all have a memorable and entertaining evening.”
Comets owner Laura Morgan added: “Rusty has been an excellent servant to British speedway, particularly Workington and I, along with everyone connected with the Comets, hope that he has a truly great testimonial meeting.”
Meanwhile, Comets co-promoter and team manager Tony Jackson said: “Rusty and his testimonial committee have put a lot of work into organising this event and I am sure that the fans will turn out in big numbers to support him. Although born in Australia; having lived in the town for many years he is now regarded as an adopted Cumbrian these days!”
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Last Updated : Wed 08 Apr 2015, 15:25 UK