Teen star Drew Kemp has Ipswich Witches in his sights as he continues to learn at Mildenhall Fen Tigers
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Hot-shot teen speedway star Drew Kemp is already pulling up the trees in the sport and one day dreams of racing for Ipswich Witches.
The 15-year-old Claydon High School pupil, from Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, is turning heads and racking up the points with Mildenhall Fen Tigers at West Row in the National League.
The current U16 British Youth champion, Kemp clearly has the talent to make big strides in the sport and that includes one day racing for his boyhood club on Foxhall Heath.
He’s on a high after notching up a paid 14 points on his home debut for Mildenhall against Cradley on Sunday – he would have scored more but for an engine failure in one of his heats.
“It was a good meeting for me and I really enjoyed it,” Kemp said.
“I was making the starts and that was a big help. I really enjoyed it.
“I have so much help at Mildenhall and the fans are great, many of them actually go to Ipswich as well.”
Fen Tigers owner Kevin Jolly, a former Witches rider himself had nothing but praise for Kemp: “The boy is a talent,” he said.
“He’s single-minded, has a great family behind him and he is very driven.
“He’s a 15-year-old but he works as hard as a 20-year-old. He knows what he wants.
“We put no pressure on him at Mildenhall, he’s a good kid.”
However, while the Fen Tigers continue to aid Kemp’s development (he will be racing for them in 2018 as well), his longer-term goal he would like to be with the Witches.
“Hopefully I will ride for them one day,” he said.
“I know the track well. They are the club I have always supported as a boy.
“I do second halves when I get the chance to at Ipswich.
“Next year I will ride for Mildenhall and then maybe the year after that I can ride for both Mildenhall and a Championship team, perhaps Ipswich.”
Kemp has a sensible head on his shoulders and school is still very relevant. Next year he takes his GCSE’s.
He knows the importance of exams, but is determined to become a speedway rider.
“A few of the teachers ask me how my speedway is going but I don’t like to talk about it too much,” he said.
“I know speedway won’t go on for ever, so I need to pass exams and fall back on them when my speedway is over. Hopefully I’ll do okay in them.”