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A Double Finnish at Scunthorpe on Friday!
Photo by Dave Payne
Tue 15 May 2018 by Comets Press Office
Comets once again have to call on guests this week!
The Comets head to Scunthorpe's Eddie Wright Raceway on Friday for their second away Championship fixture, this time against the strongly-fancied Scunthorpe Scorpions.

However, they go there with two key personnel absent from the line-up that performed so well over last weekend - with Dan Bewley and Bradley Wilson-Dean both absent.

Both riders have been called up to ride at Slangerup in Denmark in the Grand Prix qualifying round.

Coming in at reserve to replace Bradley is former Comet, and current Newcastle Diamond, Tero Aarnio. He rode at Scunthorpe last Friday as a member of his own Newcastle side and scored 15 paid 17 points.

Meanwhile, coming in to replace Dan is another Finn and another former Scunthorpe rider; Peterborough's Nike Lunna.

Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: "This is a situation we could not have foreseen as for Dan to get a call up to take part in the GP qualifiers this year could not have been predicted when the fixtures were put together in early January, while obviously Bradley was not in our team at that point.

"But, with Dan's current form - in both leagues, it is a well deserved call-up, while for Bradley, as current New Zealand champion it is fully merited too.

"Both riders will be en-route to Denmark on Friday with their vans and equipment ready for practice on Saturday morning.

"Despite posting big scores over the weekend the current averages of Dan (5.90) and Bradley (5.61) don't reflect that situation, so we didn't have a lot of choice of riders that were available.

"But we are grateful to our former rider Tero for agreeing to help us out and, after his performance there with Newcastle last week he was the obvious choice. He even changed his travel arrangements to his GP qualifier at Lonigo in order to do so, which we are very grateful for.

"Meanwhile, current Peterborough rider Nike is an all action rider who still knows his way around his former home track, and hopefully he will put that experience to good use for us on Friday."
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