Mountain continues his climb to the summit

FINAL COUNTDOWN: Connor Mountain, who booked his place in next Thursday's British Under-21 Final
FINAL COUNTDOWN: Connor Mountain, who booked his place in next Thursday's British Under-21 Final
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Rising Fen Tigers star Connor Mountain booked his place in next Thursday’s British Under-21 Final with a classy performance to finish runner-up in the semi-finals at Kent.

After reeling off three highly impressive wins in his opening three rides, Mountain was unluckily excluded after coming down on the fourth bend following an incident with Ryan Kinsley.

He quickly regained his composure to finish the night with a fine second behind meeting winner and home track specialist James Shanes to secure a well deserved second place.

After his composed performance, Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly felt it was time Premier League clubs came knocking on the Norfolk based racers door.

“I know we hear a lot of negative press about speedway at the moment and some of it is deserved, but meetings like that show that we do have some real talent out there and I feel strongly it is time that the likes of Connor (Mountain) and James Shanes are given a proper opportunity to further their careers in the Premier League.

“You would be hard pressed to find a more professional pair than Connor and his father Andy, their equipment is always immaculate, Connor is extremely well organised and a polite and driven young man who should be challenging himself at the next level.

“We cannot afford to let our future stars spend too long in the National League where they can stagnate if they are not being challenged enough.

“I am sure it can only be a matter of time before he gets his opportunity.

“Along with Connor, both Alfie (Bowtell) and Luke (Ruddick) did themselves and Mildenhall speedway proud. With a little good fortune both may have joined Connor in the final and Alfie may yet get the chance as he is the meeting reserve for the final.

“We must remember that for all three it was only their second meeting of the season and that makes their performances all the more commendable”