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Written by John Walsh   
Thursday, 30 March 2017

Cook open win.jpgFollowing last weekend’s successful opening meeting of the 2017 season all eyes turn to the season’s official fixtures this weekend as the 2017 Comets take to the track for the first time as a team.

Comets skipper Craig Cook become a very deserving winner of the Cumberland Open Championship with five stunning race wins in the opening meeting at Derwent Park.

Now he’s concentrating on leading the Comets on Saturday and Sunday against their closest rivals, the Newcastle Diamonds, in the first round of the SGB Championship Knockout Cup.

The first leg takes place at Workington’s Derwent Park on Saturday evening at 7:00pm, with the second leg at Newcastle’s Brough Park the next day; with a 6:30pm start.

Obviously both sides will be keen to avoid being knocked out of the cup at such an early stage of the season and two very keenly contested fixtures are anticipated.

In addition to progressing to the next round of the cup, the aggregate winners will also become the holders of the Ian Thomas Shield for 2017. This is traditionally raced for in the opening weeks of the season but, with the teams having been drawn together in the first round of the cup, it made perfect sense to use the cup-tie to determine the winners of the shield for this season.

Looking ahead to the weekend, club owner Laura Morgan cannot hide her enthusiasm for the new season: “It will be fantastic to finally get back into team action this weekend and with two really exciting matches against Newcastle in prospect.

“Last weekend saw an excellent opening meeting with some very entertaining racing and a good-sized crowd in attendance and we hope that all the fans will return this weekend to support the Comets against the Diamonds.

“It is always exciting at this stage of the year to see how the team performs as a unit but they all showed plenty of promise last Saturday and hopefully any niggling mechanical issues that occurred last weekend have been addressed.

“They promises to be two hard-fought encounters which can very easily make the difference between winning and losing on aggregate!”

The Comets v Diamonds clashes will also see two members of last summer’s World Cup Silver medal winning Team GB side going head to head; with the Comets number one Craig Cook facing rising young GB star Robert Lambert, his opposite number in the Newcastle side.

The Newcastle line-up also contains a former Comet in Ashley Morris, who rode for Workington from 2012 to 2014, before his season was curtailed through injury.

Following this Saturday’s meeting against Newcastle at Derwent Park the newly-formed Workington Speedway Trust will be holding a ‘Meet the Riders’ event in the bar under the grandstand, which will also be used as a fund-raising photo opportunity for supporters.

Comets supporters are reminded that, as this is a Knockout Cup meeting, season tickets are not valid for this Saturday’s meeting with Newcastle. This year’s season tickets are only valid for league fixtures and for occasional publicised additional offers.

First three in the Cumberland Open are pictured at the top - left to right: Charles Wright (2nd), Craig Cook (winner) and Ben Barker (3rd).


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