Workington Comets was a speedway club based in Workington, Cumbria. Their track was at Derwent Park Stadium, which they shared with Workington Town Rugby League Football Club.[3] The club's most notable rider was Carl Stonehewer, who still holds the record for the most Comets appearances and remains the only Premier League rider to qualify for the Speedway Grand Prix series.

History

At the end of the 2007 season, the club was sold by founding promoter Tony Mole to Workington businessman Keith Denham.[4][5] Some of the rider assets have not been purchased; these were transferred to the Birmingham Brummies retained list. Riders James Wright, Rusty Harrison, Mattia Carpanese, , Charlie Venegas, and James Mann, the latter six riders having retired from British speedway, were not included in the sale.[6]

In October 2018, the Comets won the SGB Championship for the first time in their history.[7] In the same month, the Comets made it a treble win with Knockout Cup and Championship Shield victories.[8] The Comets have won the Premier League Four-Team Championship four times, in 2001, 2004, 2006[9] and 2008. The club also won the Young Shield in 2008.[10] The Derwent Park track record is 60.9 seconds, set by Craig Cook on 12 August 2017.

In January 2019 the Comets announced their withdrawal from the SGB Championship and from racing in the 2019 season.[1][2]

Honours

SGB Championship

Winners: 2018

Young Shield

Winners: 2008, 2009, 2010

Premier League Four-Team Championship

Winners: 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009

Premier League Pairs Championship

References

  1. ^ a b "COMETS WITHDRAWN FROM CHAMPIONSHIP!". workingtoncomets.co. 14 January 2019. Archived from the original on 1 April 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "WORKINGTON WITHDRAW - British Speedway Official Website". speedwaygb.co.uk. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  3. ^ Bamford, R & Jarvis J.(2001). Homes of British Speedway. ISBN 0-7524-2210-3
  4. ^ "My Plans for the Comets". News and Star. 1 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  5. ^ "I'll rev up the Comets". News and Star. 31 October 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Wrighty may ride off to the Elite". News and Star. 2 November 2007. Archived from the original on 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2 November 2007.
  7. ^ https://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/news.php?extend.35792
  8. ^ https://www.speedwaygb.co.uk/news.php?extend.35798
  9. ^ Bamford, Robert (1 March 2007). Tempus Speedway Yearbook 2007. NPI Media Group. ISBN 0-7524-4250-3.
  10. ^ "Workington Comets beat Berwick to win speedway's Young Shield". News and Star. 30 October 2008. Archived from the original on 17 September 2009. Retrieved 30 October 2008.

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