Comets versus Newcastle at Derwent Park, at 7:30pm this Friday!
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All set for Saturday's season-opener!
Wed 28 Mar 2018 by Comets Press Office
The new speedway season roars into life at Derwent Park this coming Saturday, 31st March, at 7:00pm when Workington Speedway stages its prestigious Cumberland Open Championship.
This sees 16 riders racing over 20 heats to claim first prize; and this year's line-up is arguably the best ever assembled for the event, which is sure to provide a great evening of entertainment for all the family.

In addition to the seven 2018 Comets, including the two new West Cumbrian-born team members Dan Bewley from Maryport and Kyle Bickley from Workington, there are an additional nine visiting riders; including seven-times British Champion and former Grand Prix rider Scott Nicholls, who will all be desperate to stop a home rider carrying off the spoils. In amongst those nine visitors there are five former Comets aiming to make their previous knowledge of the fast Derwent Park circuit count as they come up against their rivals.

Club owner Laura Morgan said: “As the opening night gets ever closer I am getting more and more excited by the mouth-watering line-up that will be on show.

“Every time I try to pick a winner I find another rider that I can make a good case for winning the meeting and change my mind!

“In the end I have decided that the best thing is simply to wait until Saturday and see what happens where it counts - out on the track – and I would urge as many fans as possible, from all clubs, to come along and do the same!

“This meeting has all the ingredients necessary to get the new season off to a fantastic start and promises to be an evening not to be missed.”

As previously announced; Season Ticket holders from ALL clubs (including Workington) can gain entry for just £10, with £5 of that reduced entry fee going to the Speedway Riders' Benevolent Fund, in a laudable effort by the club to support a very worthy cause after the recent early season Ben Fund meeting at Peterborough had to be postponed. There will also be collection buckets by the turnstiles for any additional donations; and all money donated on the night by way of the reduced admission offer and the collection buckets will be added to the £325 that was collected as donations at last Saturday's Official Press & Practice Day.

There will also be free Easter Eggs for kids on entry and, for those that want to take part, there will be a Decorated Egg and Easter Bonnet competition taking place, which will be judged by the riders.

The full 16-rider line-up consists of:
Rene Bach, Nicolai Klindt, Ty Proctor, Rasmus Jensen, Dan Bewley, Mason Campton and Kyle Bickley (all Workington). They are joined by former Comets: Josh Grajczonek (Poole), Kyle Howarth (Sheffield), Ricky Wells (Edinburgh), Ulrich Ostergaard (Peterborough) and Simon Lambert (Peterborough), along with former British Champion Scott Nicholls (Peterborough), the all-action Ben Barker (Redcar), Australian star Rory Schlein (Ipswich) and the highly-rated 19 year-old Aussie who is new to the UK this year, Jordan Stewart (Redcar).
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Last Updated :  Wed 28 Mar 2018, 17:29 UK
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