Scott Campos fulfils childhood ambition and is backing Ipswich Witches to fly in Premier League Play-offs
- Credit: Picture: Steve Waller
Ipswich boy Scott Campos fulfilled a childhood dream by pulling on Ipswich Witches kevlars and has now backed his home-town club for Premier League play-off success.
The 27-year-old was an 11th-hour guest for Ipswich last Thursday as Ritchie Hawkins’ team clinched their spot in the end-of-season showdown.
The Witches will now face the Edinburgh Monarchs in a two-legged play-off quarter final, the first meeting being at Foxhall Stadium on Thursday night.
Quizzed about the Witches’ chances of going all the way, Campos said: “If you had asked me that question three weeks ago I wouldn’t have been so sure, but everyone seems to have clicked together recently.
“They have definitely got a shout of going through and they (riders) all want it (Premier League title), which is something we have probably not seen all season.”
King’s Lynn Young Stars rider Campos answered director of speedway Chris Louis’ call to replace the injured Danyon Hume after the original guest, Ellis Perks, pulled out through illness.
“It’s always been an ambition of mine to represent the Witches, absolutely, ever since I was a mascot at Foxhall when I was 12 or 13,” he explained.
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“My career has obviously gone down a different path but it was something special.
“I got the call (from Chris Louis) at about 3.30pm, I was at work, so I called me dad to ask him to sort my bike out for me. It was a pretty manic few hours.”
Campos was unable to score any points from his three races, despite being in a good position during his first race – the guest rider falling on the last lap whilst in second position in heat two.
“I was in as good position in heat two and it was more my fault than anything else,” admitted Campos, who scored paid 13 for King’s Lynn against Mildenhall on Sunday.
“I was a bit disappointed with that one but I gave my all and I will always be ready to race for the Witches if they need me again.
“It does not matter where it is, Chris (Louis) has got my number.”