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What a signing for Workington Comets

WHEN Workington Comets commercial manager Mitch Graham promised big things for the coming speedway season at Derwent Park he meant it.

Not only do we have a competitive looking team we also have a new sound system along with promises of other exciting things to look forward to.

Now to add to that we have a genuine high class celebrity to appear at the opening meeting at Derwent Park.

Shane Lynch is the big name celebrity to be named to appear at Derwent Park and although I'm no expert on boy bands of the 90's I'm reliably informed that he was one fifth of the rather successful Irish group Boyzone.

To get a name of this stature to appear at Workington is a real coup and is sure to attract many people to the opening meeting against Redcar, including what I suspect will be a big posse of female admirers.

If it brings in the punters then this thing can only be good for the club and we can look forward to more of the same throughout the season.

Although track worker George Metcalf claimed he would fit the role of celebrity, and while in some ways that is true, I'm not sure it is quite on the same scale. Sorry George!

IN Britain we want to try and attract the biggest names in world speedway to our league.

Not only would it surely raise crowds it would no doubt improve the quality of racing.
But one of those top names that will not be appearing in the Elite league this season is Emil Sayfutdinov.

The Russian joined Coventry midway through last season and the influence he had by joining the league was huge as away fans travelled to Coventry to see the exciting Russian in action or flocked to their home track when Coventry were racing there swelling crowds nearly everywhere.

Although he seemed to be AWOL for half the time he has over here, similar to a certain Dane many Comets fans will be familiar with, he said he would have been happy to come back to Britain.

Sayfutdinov had already committed himself to the Russian league which involves marathon journeys but because the British Speedway Promoters Association annual meeting takes place in November it was too late to make a decision to ride in Britain.

Therefore he has penned a deal with Vetlanda in Sweden, when the majority of riders sign their contracts in October immediately after the season has finished.

By signing for Vetlanda he has formed a mouth watering partnership with Jason Crump and Jaroslaw Hampel in what must be the strongest top three in world speedway.

However, the episode has strengthened the argument for the BSPA to make their big decisions earlier in the year and hold their meeting as early as August or September.

IT was pleasing to see the Northside track named as one of the venues for the British Youth Championships this year.

Former Workington rider Craig Branney has done a terrific job to build the track up and make it as successful as it is at the moment with riders coming from all over the north to use it and it deserves to be included in the championship not least for the vast amount of hard work that has gone into it.

Branney hopes the track will one day produce a Workington Comets star of the future and it will be great to see the country's best young talent fight it out on June 17.

Hopefully as many people will get down to support the meeting and no doubt our own Comets mascot Kyle Bickley will be right up there among the front runners with definite home advantage, as he uses the track nearly every week.

By Paul Crute
Published: March 16, 2012

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