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Next 3 riders announced for Cumberland Open!
Photo by Dave Payne
Thu 15 Mar 2018 by Comets Press Office
The next three visiting riders are now announced for the Cumberland Open!
With the season-opening Cumberland Open Championship now only two weeks away; on Saturday 31st March at 7:00pm, the Comets promotion can now name the next three visiting riders to join the Comets septet and the previously named trio of former Comets; Josh Grajczonek, Ricky Wells and Kyle Howarth.

The first of this batch of three is seven-time British Champion, and former Grand Prix rider, Scott Nicholls; for what will be his second visit to Derwent Park after first appearing at the 2013 opening meeting, which was the first ever meeting held under current owner Laura Morgan's promotion.

This season will see the 39 year-old Ipswich-born rider appear in the Championship after a turbulent close-season where it looked as if he would be unable to double-up with his Premiership side Rye House. However, eventually the situation was resolved and 2018 will see him line-up in the colours of Peterborough where he is expected to be one of the top men in the Championship this season.

The next name to be announced is a fourth former Comet in the line-up; the popular hard-riding Odense-born Dane Ulrich Ostergaard, who joined the Comets mid-way through 2007 as a replacement for the injured Carl Stonehewer.

Like Nicholls, Ostergaard will wear the colours of parent club Peterborough this season, for what will be his fifth successive season with the Panthers in this most recent spell with the club, having first ridden for them back in 2006. The intervening years saw the 36 year-old spend his time predominantly with Redcar and also Belle Vue in the top league and, in his second season back with Peterborough, in 2015, he was crowned Premier League Riders' Champion.

This meeting will also see a young rider making his Derwent Park debut; 19 year-old Australian Jordan Stewart, who hails from Mildura in the state of Victoria. Having attracted a lot of attention from British clubs, Jordan has agreed a deal to ride for the Redcar Bears in 2018, for his first ever British campaign.

Back in January he had been strongly-fancied to take the Australian under-21 title on his home Olympic Park circuit in Mildura. However, having finished as second top qualifier with 13 points to reach the A Final; he was then excluded after falling on the first turn. Prior to that he had finished eighth overall in the Australian Championship series.

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “I am quite excited by the line-up we have put together so far and hopefully our supporters are too; it certainly promises to be a great way to get the season underway.

“With our own riders plus four former Comets, the emerging talent of Jordan Stewart and a visit from multiple British Champion Scott Nicholls announced so far the field is shaping up very nicely and the competition is sure to be fierce to claim top spot on the podium.”

The identity of the final three riders taking part in the Cumberland Open Championship will be announced shortly.
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