Shocked Mountain takes on number one jacket

PROMOTED: Connor Mountain will be lead rider for the Fen Tigers.
PROMOTED: Connor Mountain will be lead rider for the Fen Tigers.

Connor Mountain has admitted that he is both delighted and surprised to have been allotted the Mildenhall Fen Tigers number one race jacket for the first time in his career.

The 18-year-old will take over the coveted spot from Dan Halsey in the West Row outfit’s National League clash against Coventry Storms on Sunday (3.30pm) after seeing his average increase from 7.07 to 8.60 as a result of his flying start to the year. Mountain, who is in his third season at the club, is the only member of the Fen Tigers team to see his average increase during the recent changes with the remainder of the side seeing their figures either remain the same or suffer a small decrease.

“I am really happy to have the number one jacket as it was one of my goals for the year and the other was to get a Premier League spot,” said Mountain.

“I’ve started the season well and hopefully it will continue that way. It will be good to go out in heat one and race on a fresh track. Obviously Dan will want it back so I have got to keep up the scoring.

“I thought it might be later in the season that I might get it, so it has come earlier than I expected but now I have it I want to keep it.”

While enjoying his own piece of good fortune, the Fen Tigers gave their slow start to the season a much-needed boost at the weekend when claiming their first points in the National League with a 48-42 victory over the Belle Vue Colts.

“I had a bit of a dip in the meeting but it was good to get a win especially as we didn’t have Danny in the team,” added Mountain. “I think everyone had a reasonable meeting and everyone scored up to their average while it was good to have Jon (Armstrong) back after he missed both the Birmingham and Isle Of Wight meetings.

“It was good to see Connor Coles out in heat 15 again as he seemed dialled in and that will have done his confidence good.”

With the Fen Tigers’ first points of the season now on the board, Mountain is confident that they can back-up that victory with another home win against the Brandon-based outfit before taking on the Kent Kings at Sittingbourne on Monday (3pm).

“It was definitely a must-win meeting against Belle Vue and we couldn’t afford to have lost another meeting in the league this early on,” said Mountain.

“I think we have got every chance of getting all the points against Coventry on Sunday as they have not been as strong as they probably would have expected to be.

“The last time we raced Kent away in the National Trophy was pretty disastrous, but I think with a full team we will get a lot closer this time round.”