CAMERON Heeps admits he can hardly bare to think about his National League heartache, but hopes to slay those demons in 2012.
The 16-year-old Australian was just half a wheel away from adding the league title to the Tigers’ Knockout Cup success in the last heat of the most extraordinary meeting ever witnessed at West Row.
Mildenhall were therefore narrowly denied a sensational comeback to clinch the double.
But they set off in pursuit of trophies again on Easter Sunday (4.45pm) with Heeps determined to lead them to more glory.
He said: “We lost the double by one point and I don’t like to think about it because I know if I had got one more point then we would have done it.
“But there is no reason why we can’t go one better this year.”
Heeps – tipped as a future world champion by Mildenhall co-promoter Michael Lee – has progressed on to the Premier League with Ipswich Witches since he last pulled on a Tigers vest.
But the teenager will double-up, riding for both sides, in what is sure to be a busy year for the race ace from Down Under.
With five meetings already under his belt for the Premier league outfit and a sixth today against Leicester (2.30pm), Heeps said: “There’s been a few meetings at Ipswich I’ve done really well on, but I need to sort it out a bit away from home.”
Despite his commitments at a higher level, Heeps reiterated his desire to do well for Mildenhall and cannot wait for Sunday’s season opener against the Dudley Heathens in the National League Shield.
“It should be good,” he said. “I’m keen as mustard to get out there and have a skid.”
Out on the track alongside him for three of his four heats will be good friend Joe Jacobs, who he spent the winter with in Australia.
“I hope we see the best of Joe for his sake, “ added Heeps.
“He didn’t have a good season last year, but out in Australia he beat me a few times.
“He looks a lot more comfortable on the bike and is much more relaxed with his riding.”
Meanwhile, co-promoter Lee is expecting Heeps to maintain his number one slot this season and challenge to be the National League’s best rider this season.
He said: “We shouldn’t have to worry about Cameron – he’s already rocking and rolling, and been doing really well at Ipswich.
“We are looking for him to be a strong number one and maybe Lewis Blackbird could challenge him.”