1986 is when David first took to the shale sport aged 9 and riding a 90cc bike on the Eastbourne mini track riding for Schoolboy Speedway Club. The following year 1987 aged 10 riding again for Schoolboy Speedway Club on a 90cc whilst also progressing to a 100cc gaining a second place in the Sussex Youth Championship and winning the Riders Choice Trophy. David also took the track record and was voted the most improved rider.
1988 saw David ride the 90cc class for the last time riding for the Schoolboy Speedway Club. Taking 3rd place in the Sussex Championship and winning the Under 12’s Championship on a 125cc are the highlights whilst aged 11.
1989 with David on a 125cc at 12 years of age, saw him placed 6th (after a mechanical failure) in the British Open Schoolboy Speedway Championship, 4th (after mechanical failure) in the Andrew Nichol Australian Trophy as well as a very successful nine day tour of Denmark and Sweden, racing in junior and senior events and receiving an invitation to return the following year.
1990 aged 13 with no contract David rode as a private individual and as a temporary member of several clubs on a 200cc machine. He took part in joint Anglo/Danish meeting partnering Kristian Anderson finishing 2nd overall. Tours to Denmark and Sweden on 80cc bikes as well as being mascot for the Eastbourne ‘Eagles’ filled his year.
1991 Riding a 200cc bike David won the Hackney Riders Championship whilst aged 14. David also match raced 500cc bikes at Eastbourne, Rye House, Hackney and Arena Essex. David went on a northern tour with Milton Keynes Speedway Club. Every track event he entered during 1991 he won, there was even time for demonstration rides on concrete at the G Max Centre in Manchester.
1992 David was placed 3rd in an individual event at Iwade on a 500cc bike aged 15.
1993 Aged 16 David was runner up in the Eddie James Trophy he also made his first official debut for Eastbourne ‘Eaglets’ scoring 3 out of a possible 9 points. He made his second appearance scoring 4 of of a possible 6 points.
1994 David signed for Kent Crusaders aged 17 riding 500cc bikes his first meeting he scored maximum points, his second he scored 8 points and his third he scored 12 points. David went on a Scottish tour with the Kent Crusaders finishing overall top scorer and top scorer at Linlithgow.
1995 saw David add to the trophy cabinet, whilst still only 18 he won Track Staff Trophy, Eddie James Trophy and the Academy Grand Prix all at Sittingbourne as well as British Grand Prix and Four Team Tournament both at Mildenhall. He was 3rd in the Pride of Kent Trophy at Sittingbourne and also won the track record their as well as Mr Entertainer (1995). He was voted Rider of the Year (out of 200 riders) in the Academy League as well as being top points scorer. David also had six outings in the Premier League, Swindon, Arena Essex (twice), Poole (twice) and Oxford and was reserve for the World Under 21 Quarter Final at Arena Essex.
1996 David took the track records at Mildenhall, Arena Essex and Sittingbourne, he was 4th in the British Under 21 Final, 3rd in the JT Commercials ‘Battle of Britian’ and won The Arena Essex Championship Chase 1996 Trophy (out of 32 riders) whilst only 19 years old. Add to this the top British Conference League rider out of 120 riders with an average of around 11.37, 4th in the Conference League Championship, and the highest number of maximum points in the British Conference League. David signed for the London Lions (Hackney) in the Premier League and was loaned out to Sittingbourne.
1997 David signed for Arena Essex in the Premier League starting at reserve number 6 progressing to second string number 4. He finished with an average around the 4 point mark, qualified for the British Under 21 Final at King’s Lynn and then qualified for the World Under 21 Quarter Finals at Prelog in Croatia and finally qualifying for the World Under 21 Semi-Final as reserve.
1998 David signed as a second string riding at number 2 to partner Craig Watson with the Newport ‘Wasps’, he increased his average to over 5 points but had to make way for Lawrence Hare to be fitted into the team in June. This brought about a return to Arena Essex for the remainder of the season averaging just under 5 points a meeting.
1999 Swindon stepped in to gain David’s signature where he only managed six meetings before retiring from the sport at the beginning of April as he had lost interest in the sport because of the way he had been treated in the past. David came out of retirement late September early October for Rye House in the Conference League and finished with around a 10.5 average. He scored around six maximums in the process, won the Bronze Helmet. This is the period in David’s career when things started to change for him.
2000 The start of the new millennium with Rye House the new home for David Mason . . . .
The rest of David’s racing history is covered in the archive news pages . . . . . .