Comets v Peterborough Race Day Update
Photo by Dave PayneSat 25 Jul 2015
Tonight (Saturday) sees the Comets face arguably their toughest test so far this season with the visit of third placed Peterborough Panthers.
Although hit by injuries, the Panthers side contains plenty of riders with Derwent Park experience as both of the guest riders they have brought in were members of the Comets side last season.
Coming in to replace the injured Robert Lambert (hip injury) is last year's number one, Josh Grajczonek, while replacing their injured former Comet Simon Lambert (shoulder injury) at reserve is Ashley Morris, whose 2014 campaign with the Comets was curtailed following a head injury sustained at King's Lynn in June.
Although Josh rides for Somerset and Ashley is currently at Ipswich, both will be fighting the Panthers cause this evening, along with their number one, another former Comet; Ulrich Ostergaard, who is always a popular visitor and an effective scorer when returning to Derwent Park.
Also in the Panthers side is Michael Palm Toft - a rider that signed for the Comets last winter before pulling out of the deal and claiming that he would not be racing in the UK this season. However, having answered the Panthers SOS call when they lost the services of another ex-Comet, Adam Roynon, in their first home meeting, he has remained with the club. Only four weeks ago Palm Toft collected 15+1 when making a guest appearance at Derwent Park for Scunthorpe.
The Panthers are operating Rider Replacement for the injured (back injury) Lewis Blackbird while making his first Derwent Park appearance is their new signing - young Dane, Emil Grondal, who is riding in this season's World under-21 Championship Finals.
Completing their line-up is Polish rider Rafal Konopka, who began the season with Redcar before joining the Panthers and, last Saturday, he collected 7 points from the reserve berth when making a guest appearance for Newcastle.
The Comets go into the meeting at full-strength and will be looking to take the points from a side that has a very good away record so far this season, so an excellent speedway meeting is certainly in prospect.
The weather forecast for today is good and the 'Kids for a Quid' promotion is now in operation throughout the school holidays - where accompanied children can gain entry for just a pound.
All the action gets underway at Derwent Park at 7:00pm this evening.
Workington 'Thomas Armstrong' Comets
1 Kyle Howarth, 2 Rusty Harrison, 3 Rene Bach (captain), 4 Kenneth Hansen, 5 Ricky Wells, 6 Matt Williamson, 7 Matthew Wethers.
Peterborough 'Readypower' Panthers
1 Ulrich Ostergaard (captain), 2 Josh Grajczonek (guest for the injured Robert Lambert), 3 Rider Replacement for the injured Lewis Blackbird, 4 Emil Grondal, 5 Michael Palm Toft, 6 Ashley Morris (guest for the injured Simon Lambert), 7 Rafal Konopka.
Tonight's referee is Graham Flint.
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Last Updated : Sat 25 Jul 2015, 08:13 UK