Ollie has the tools to reach the top
IF Suffolk schoolboy Ollie Rayson makes it to the top of the speedway charts he will surely look back and thank Draper Tools.The 15-year-old from Troston has just become the proud recipient of a brand new bike.
IF Suffolk schoolboy Ollie Rayson makes it to the top of the speedway charts he will surely look back and thank Draper Tools.
The 15-year-old from Troston has just become the proud recipient of a brand new bike.
And this is courtesy of Draper Tools - and devoted Ipswich Evening Star Witches fan David Woods - a postman from Colchester.
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Woods was the winner of the Speedway Star magazine Fantasy Speedway League competition based on positions at midnight on September 1.
This gave him the right to select a Conference League rider of his choice to receive a brand new Jawa bike, courtesy of sponsors Draper Tools.
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And Woods, the 1999 Fantasy League champion, plumped for Rayson, who has been making a name for himself with Boston this season as well doing laps at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday nights.
“I will need a new bike for next season, and they cost around £3,000,” said Rayson, who is already on Ipswich's books.
“This has come as a real bonus and I could not be more grateful to David Woods and Draper Tools.”
Rayson's riding hero is former Witch Scott Nicholls, and a number of experts are tipping the talented youngster to follow in the tyre tracks of the Team Great Britain captain.
Woods, who is married to Nathalie and has a two-year-old daughter Erin, explained why he picked out Rayson to benefit from his success in the Fantasy League.
“I noticed he'd started to ride for Boston and he was getting better, so hopefully he'll be an Ipswich rider of the future.
“I was born in Ipswich and my dad first took me to speedway in the late seventies and eighties, the heyday of the Ipswich team really.
“Then we drifted away for a bit but we came back again in 1998 when we had the Gollob, Rickardsson and Louis team and I've been ever-present since.
“It's nice to have a local lad like Ollie who can hopefully come through into the Ipswich team eventually because over the last few years we seem to have had Polish riders all the time.
“Ollie has got to the stage of his career where he wants to push on a bit and this has got to help him. It's a really nice prize to give away.”
Woods' own prize for being top of the FSL table was a stunning toolkit from Draper Tools, worth £1,200.
He joked: “I've been trying to find a space in the shed for it. It is fairly big, to say the least, but I might use it as a Christmas present for the wife!”