Update on this weekend and fixtures!
Two away matches this weekend!
The Comets finally get their Championship campaign up and running tomorrow evening when they are in action at Alwalton (7:30pm start) to take on the much-fancied Peterborough Panthers.
Unfortunately both Rene Bach and Rasmus Jensen will be absent from the side due to travel difficulties in getting to their Danish Championship quarterfinals in good time, which take place the following day and, in accordance with the agreement with their federation (DMU), they are permitted to miss the day before a national championship event.
The Comets will utilise Lakeside and Swindon rider Adam Ellis as a guest for Rene Bach, and they have the rider replacement facility for Rasmus Jensen.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Of the available riders under Rene's average Adam was the best available and we are sure he will do a good job for us.
"He is in good form at the moment and when he visited Peterborough with Lakeside earlier in the season he scored 10 paid 12 so he has already proved that he can do well around there this season.”
With no home meeting this Saturday, the Comets other weekend track action is up at Glasgow in the re-arranged Championship Shield group fixture on Sunday afternoon.
That takes place at the slightly later time of 4:00pm; having initially been a 3:00pm start it has been put back one hour due to the big football match taking place at nearby Celtic Park and all the local traffic congestion that it will cause.
Rene and Rasmus will both be back to race for the Comets for that fixture, however on this occasion Nicolai Klindt will be absent due to this being a re-arranged fixture and his Polish league fixture having been in the original fixture list. The Comets will operate rider replacement for Nicolai Klindt.
Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “Obviously being without Nicolai is not ideal, but with him being second in our averages everyone is eligible for a rider replacement ride, which is not too much of a handicap as we have a solid top five.
"We picked up 10 points from his four RR rides at Berwick last Saturday so that shows it can work; and is quite probably better than a guest would have achieved due to the limited number of suitable guests available, which is again the case this Sunday.
“Not being able to field a full team is frustrating but there is pressure to complete these group matches as soon as possible as it is holding up the rest of the competition. Unfortunately, with two Friday tracks and two Saturday tracks in our group there has been very little room for anyone to manoeuvre once the weather impacted on everyone's fixtures.
“This was the only date available to us, just like June 2nd was the only available date we could agree on when Glasgow are due to re-visit us, and if this was to be postponed on Sunday then neither Glasgow nor us know where our next move would be!”
Meanwhile, there is still no confirmed date when the Comets will race at Edinburgh in that re-arranged Championship Shield fixture as the Monarchs are also struggling for dates.
Finally, to add to the fixture chaos, it has today been confirmed that a music event will go ahead at Derwent Park on Saturday 9th June – the day that the Comets were scheduled to entertain the Sheffield Tigers in a Championship fixture.
That means that there is now yet another fixture to re-arrange in what is becoming a very difficult and fragmented season for fixtures and rider availability from all clubs for many different reasons.
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Last Updated : Thu 10 May 2018, 20:24 UK