Kyle and Ricky are ready for the PL Pairs tomorrow
Photo by Adrian RandallThu 02 Jul 2015
COMETS AIM FOR PAIRS SUCCESS THIS WEEKEND
There is no speedway action this weekend for the Comets as all eyes will be on the British Speedway Grand Prix at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium this Saturday at 5pm, which features two former Comets; Peter Kildemand and West Cumbria's very own Craig Cook, in the 16-rider line-up for the big event.
However, there will be some current Comets riders in action tomorrow evening (Friday 3rd July) at Somerset's Oak Tree Arena when Kyle Howarth and Ricky Wells represent Workington in the prestigious Premier League Pairs event, which gets underway at 7:00pm.
This features pairs from ten of the Premier League's thirteen clubs battling it out over 23 heats to be crowned Premier League Pairs Champions for 2015.
Of all the teams taking part in this year's event the Comets have the best record with six titles to their name since 1999, with the most of those recent being in 2012; when current Comets skipper Rene Bach partnered Barrow-born Adam Roynon to glory.
The ten clubs are split into two qualifying groups where each club races every other one in its group and the top two point scoring clubs progress to the semi-final stage.
The Comets are joined in their group by Glasgow, Somerset, Redcar and Berwick, and with former Comets Richard Lawson (Glasgow), Josh Grajczonek (Somerset) and Kevin Doolan (Berwick) in the same group there will be plenty to interest Comets fans. Meanwhile another former Comet, Ulrich Ostergaard, represents Peterborough in the other qualifying group.
The Comets pairing of Kyle Howarth and Ricky Wells both warmed up for tomorrow evening by posting impressive scores in tonight's Swindon v Wolverhampton Elite League fixture. Kyle scored 10+1 for Swindon while Ricky top-scored with 13+1 for Wolves, which included a victory when on a tactical ride and another race win in the nominated heat 15.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “This is the first time that either Kyle or Ricky have represented the Comets in this competition, but hopefully they can continue our recent record of at least reaching the semi-final stge. However, there are no easy races in this competition as every race is like a heat 15, but if you can avoid last places then you have every chance of getting out of your group and into the semi-finals; after which anything can happen on the night!”
Following last Saturday's 57-36 home league victory over Scunthorpe at Derwent Park, which was the Comets biggest win of the season so far, they are next on track next weekend (Saturday 11th July), when they host their closest rivals, the Newcastle Diamonds, at Derwent Park in a Premier League fixture before travelling up to Scotland to face the Glasgow Tigers the following afternoon in another league match.
PREMIER LEAGUE PAIRS GROUPS:
EDINBURGH: Sam Masters/Kevin Wolbert
IPSWICH: Danny King/Rohan Tungate
RYE HOUSE: Edward Kennett/Nikolaj B Jakobsen
PETERBOROUGH: Ulrich Ostergaard/Michael Palm Toft
NEWCASTLE: Lewis Kerr/Steve Worrall
GLASGOW: Nick Morris/Richard Lawson
SOMERSET: Brady Kurtz/Josh Grajczonek
WORKINGTON: Kyle Howarth/Ricky Wells
REDCAR: Lasse Bjerre/Stuart Robson
BERWICK: Thomas Jorgensen/Kevin Doolan
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Last Updated : Thu 02 Jul 2015, 22:37 UK