JOE Jacobs is aiming to get that winning feeling back when taking to the track for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ opening National League clash after a below-par performance in this year’s British Under-21 Championship Final.
On Tuesday night, the 18 year old finished well down the field in final of this year’s competition held at Dudley’s, Monmore Green, won by Sheffield Tigers star Joe Haines.
Taking just five points all evening, the Fen Tigers’ number two had to settle for 11th in the competition, which saw team-mate Stefan Nielsen take seventh after plundering eight points.
“I always knew it was going to be hard as I was up against a lot of top lads from the Premier League,” said Jacobs.
“I don’t think it helped that I had not ridden for nearly two weeks where as some of those riding in the Premier League have already had around eight to 10 meetings, which is a big advantage.”
Despite only scoring five points, Jacobs is not too down heartened from his display and is now hoping to make amends during the Fen Tigers’ first National League clash of the season against the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday (4.30pm).
“It took me a bit of time to find the right set-up and by the time I did it was too late,” he added.
“I scored pretty consistently and I felt I was a bit unlucky as I should have had at least one heat win.
“The result was an improvement on last year and I still have time on my side to go even better next year.
“I am not too disappointed and I am not going to get upset about it. Hopefully I can make it right on Sunday.”
Having won both their home fixtures to date in the National Shield and National League Knockout Cup, the Tigers will be hoping for more of the same on Sunday when the Hitmen visit the West Row raceway.
Spearheading the Derbyshire outfit’s one to seven is highly-rated Australian Robert Brandford, a rider who Jacobs believes is key to the visitors’ chances of success.
“If all the boys are firing on all cylinders there is no reason why we can’t get the win,” said Jacobs.
“We know Robert is one of the best riders in the league, but he is beatable. Hopefully we can keep him quiet on the day.”
One of the early season success stories at the club to date this season has been the partnership struck up between Jacobs, and Fen Tigers number one Cameron Heeps.
Jacobs, who spent the winter back in Australia with Heeps, is confident the pair’s good form can continue throughout the campaign.
“I don’t feel that I have made a bad start to the season and things are looking good so far. The winter with Cam in Australia has really helped,” said Jacobs.
“Pairing up with Cam has been great. Hopefully we can continue this level of form and knock in plenty more 5-1s throughout the year.”