Witches looking to sign ‘next Billy Sanders’
SPEEDWAY: Ipswich Witches are looking to the future and keeping tabs on 15-year-old Australian super kid Cameron Heeps.
Former Witches promoter John Berry lives in Perth Western Australia and has recommended the youngster to current promoter John Louis.
Fourth in the Australia 2010 junior championship, Heeps is not 16 until October. and there are hopes that he will sign for Ipswich and become the new Billy Sanders another Aussie who arrived at Foxhall Stadium as soon as he left school.
He showed his determination to make it big in the shale sport by spending a number of months riding junior speedway in Denmark last year and his intention is to ride in the English leagues.
“The last time I recommended a rider was when I saw Jason Crump and Ryan Sullivan as 14-year-olds,” said Berry, who first spotted Heeps three years ago.
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“I’m not known for sticking my neck out.
“You can never be sure when you are dealing with young lads as you never know if they will maintain the interest.
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“Cameron looks to me like someone who has the ability and most of all the enthusiasm and desire to go right on with it.”
Former Witch Nigel Flatman also lives in Perth and he recommended Tai Woffinden to his former club a few years ago.
He is also impressed with Heeps and said: “Cameron is at the same level as Tai was when he was 15.
“Cameron has been riding for a number of years and all he wants to do is to ride speedway.
“He’s a great kid and over the next month he’s riding in the 350cc championship and the 125cc championship.
“His mum and dad go everywhere with him and they are a lovely family.”
Western Australian junior champion Heeps rode in a 80cc event before last year’s speedway Grand Prix in Copenhagen and said:
“When I turn 16 I want to blast on to the international speedway scene and become one of the most successful Western Australian riders in history.
“My ultimate goal is to become the youngest world champion.”
Heeps rode in individual and team races for Fjelsted in Denmark and came sixth in the World Youth Gold Trophy final.
On his way home he stopped off in England and practised on two tracks – one of them Foxhall where he is expected back during the English 2011 summer.