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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Race for each other, says Workington Comets new skipper Topinka

Workington Comets captain Tomas Topinka will be doing all he can to help the team achieve silverware this season.

Topinka, previously captain of King’s Lynn, is putting the team first to make sure he can get the best out of all the riders including himself.

The Czech was in Workington last week to talk with owner Keith Denham over who he thought would be best to ride at No7, with Denham saying he could have a deal for the new rider completed by today.

Topinka said: “One of the main aims this season is to gel the team together and make sure that we help each other out.

“I want to make sure we race as a team. All the boys want to ride for Workington so I don’t see why we can’t win some trophies.”

Topinka believes that one of the keys to a successful season is the need for the team to try and stay injury free.

He added: “The most important thing is to try and keep the team injury free and for everybody to improve their average which I think they can.

“It is good to have healthy competition but not if people race for themselves.

“The bonus points are the ones that sometimes win you meetings so you cannot afford to race against team-mates in heats.

“All the points count for the team and that is why you have seven riders and not just one or two.

“We just need to get the team together and have enough track time to get our set ups right for the start of the season.”

Meanwhile the Workington Speedway Supporters Club has already raised £524.

The committee were collecting payments for membership on Sunday and handed out 41 membership cards and took extra donations from fans.

The committee will be meeting in the Waverley Hotel, Workington, on Sunday, February 6, 4pm-6pm for anybody who could not attend last week.

The format for the Premier League Championship has also been revealed with each team racing each other once - home and away - before the league is split into two groups of seven with each team racing each other home and away in their group.

The split will see teams placed first, fourth, fifth, eighth, ninth, 12th and 14th in one group and the rest in another group.

The team that finishes top after the 38 meetings is crowned Premier League champions.

Although the fixtures have not yet been released, Denham has said that Comets’ season is likely to start on April 2, with the press and practice day a week before.

He has confirmed that there will be no challenge matches before the season starts and the team will go straight into the Premier League matches so every meeting is meaningful.

n See page 20 for feature on Topinka’s career.

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