Life's not all white-knuckle for Scott
SPEEDWAY: Scott Nicholls, fresh from a bungee jump and white water rafting in Australia, lines up in the Brighton indoor speedway meeting tomorrow .But it has not all been all white knuckle time for the daredevil 24-year-old Ipswich Evening Star Witches star since he finished on the rostrum at the Australian Grand Prix in October.
By Elvin King
SCOTT Nicholls, fresh from a bungee jump and white water rafting in Australia, lines up in the Brighton indoor speedway meeting tomorrow .
But it has not all been all white knuckle time for the daredevil 24-year-old Ipswich Evening Star Witches star since he finished on the rostrum at the Australian Grand Prix in October.
He is currently in the middle of an 8am to 5pm existence.
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Nicholls is working for one of his sponsors, Nuway Fixings in Great Blakenham helping with orders and distribution.
For the British champion of one of the country's top spectator sports it is a sad reflection that Nicholls has to find work during the close season.
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But he said: "It is only partly financial. I would probably be sitting about and it is nice to have something to do.
"I was asked by a sponsor to help out until Christmas, and I am pleased to do so. I am not pleading poverty but it means I now have money to spend on Christmas and living expenses without having to revert to my speedway earnings.
"It has been a job getting up at 6.45am, but I am gradually getting used to it. I will make a decision on whether to continue working after Christmas when the time comes."
Nicholls and partner Anna spent several weeks in Australia after the GP and also travelled to New Zealand.
"White water rafting was fun in temperatures just above freezing, but I don't think I will ever bungee jump again. It was scary down a ravine with a small river at the foot," added Nicholls, who is treating his rides at Brighton as a bit of fun.
"Organiser Jon Cook said that a fair percentage of the crowd come from Ipswich so it will be nice to have some support. I rode on the indoor shale in the first Brighton meeting, and am looking forward to it again."
Stowmarket-based Mark Loram has been forced to pull out of the indoor event. He is still struggling with injuries sustained in the British Final two-months ago and has been replaced by Martin Dugard who will come out of retirement for the occasion.
Brighton Bonanza line-up: Dugard, Norris, P Karlsson, Howe, E Kennett, Werner, Zetterstrom, Kasprzak, Nicholls, Lemon, Allen, Gjedde, Schwartz, McConnell, Stephens, Cunningham.