DREW KEMP admits it was a “special moment” to win the race to clinch the KO Cup for Scunthorpe. 

The Great Britain youngster delivered two trump card performances at reserve over the two legs to dump Poole.

But his paid 12 at Wimborne Road was a real gamechanger and he held off Zach Cook to wrap up the cup in Heat 14. 

He said: “Obviously to win any meeting is a great feeling but to win the race to win the KO Cup for Scunthorpe was a special moment. 

“At the start of the year, when I didn’t have a UK club, I didn’t expect to end the season with a medal. 

“I’ve always known I’m capable of going a good job for any team. I’ve let myself down a bit with my riding at times or doing stupid things. But obviously it does show I can score points. 

“Last year I didn’t finish the season too well but that was something I wanted to correct. 

“I wanted to finish the season strong and put myself in the shop window for next year.”

Kemp won the league and cup double with the Pirates a year ago but was surprisingly left out in the cold from British speedway at the start of the campaign. 

The Scorpions snapped him up and he was delighted to play a vital part in the KO Cup success. 

He continued:  “It’s nice for Rob and Gail Godfrey to win silverware after 11 years and it was good to sign for Scunthorpe after not having a club at the start of the season. 

“It was a bit chaotic at that time. I was riding in Poland but not enough. But in the end it was just good to finish the year with a great result.

“I am my own worst critic and probably too hard on myself. “Consistency is an easy thing to say you want to achieve. But, for me, it’s about consistency with my high scores. 

“I’ve shown I’m capable of scoring double figures. Then the week after I’d go and score four points. 

“In the KO Cup I got paid 11 in the first leg and paid 12 in the second leg. That’s what I want to be doing all season.” 


Words by Holeshot Media. 

Images by Taylor Lanning.