Tom Bacon conceded starring in a win for the Mildenhall Fen Tigers against the Coventry Storm would give him a great sense of personal satisfaction .
Despite living just a few miles away from the Warwickshire club’s Brandon raceway, the 22 year-old was overlooked by club officials in their team building process over the winter.
With that in mind Bacon, who will switch to the number four jacket for the meeting tomorrow, following a reshuffle due to the absence of Jack Kingston, hopes he can show those in charge of the club just what they missed out on.
“The Coventry Storm meeting is a big one for me,” said Bacon.
“It was where I grew up watching speedway racing. I am really looking forward to getting to compete in a meeting round there.
“I will probably have a lot of my family and friends there and Brandon is a pretty special place to go racing around.
“It would mean a lot to me if we could win there. Hopefully I can show them why they should have picked up that phone over the winter to me.”
Although the Fen Tigers form in recent weeks has been less than inspiring, the West Row outfit will head into the National League clash on the back of a win after defeating the Kent Kings 34-26 in a National Trophy fixture that was abandoned due to rain after 10 heats on Sunday.
While action on the track was cut short, Bacon was one of the few to get four rides scoring a paid eight total including an impressive lights-to-tapes win in heat one which saw him inflict a defeat on visiting skipper Ben Morley.
“All the riders have been working hard over the past few meetings and we have all been putting in 100 per cent and on Sunday we got our reward,” added Bacon.
“I feel confident around West Row. I know that if make the start I can beat most people around there. Beating a rider like Ben Morley is great for me as it shows how much progress I have made.
“All the boys have been getting on well all season but we have not really had the same group of lads racing for two weeks in a row and that makes a big difference.
“As we now understand how each other ride it would be great for the fans if we can finish the season on a high.”
The Fen Tigers face a hectic Bank Holiday weekend with them set to take in three meetings in as many days weather permitting.
Following their trip to Coventry (8.30pm) the West Row outfit will face back-to-back National League fixtures taking on the Eastbourne Eagles at Arlington on Saturday (7.30pm), before entertaining the Buxton Hitmen on Sunday (3.30pm).
They will then make the journey down to Sittingbourne, home of the Kent Kings, to participate in the Kent County Fours alongside the hosts, Eastbourne Eagles and Stoke Potters.