33/18 News has leant the sad news that former Hethersett Hawks rider Nick Bray has died. Mel Perkins MBE has sent in this tribute:

“It is with great shock and sadness that cycle speedway has heard the tragic news that Nick Bray was killed in a motorcycle accident at the young age of 40.

“Nick started racing at Hethersett in 1990 and, over a few different spells, raced 166 times for the Club up to 2006. His major achievements were winning the British Under-16 Individual Championship at Thurrock with a 20-point maximum in 1996, a feat he repeated at Horspath in the 1999 British Under-19 Individual Championship while in the colours of Eaton.

“Despite his individual brilliance, Nick was very much a team player always having fun, all with the support of his loving parents Mike and Wendy. His achievements were also remarkable given that he was acutely diabetic.

“Hethersett will miss his annual hints at another comeback and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Everyone at 33/18 News would like to add their condolences to his family and friends at this time