Connor Coles’ ability to handle difficult track conditions was rewarded on Sunday with a place in the final of the British Under-21 Championship.
In a meeting plagued by falls on a testing track, the 20-year-old was the sole member of the Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ trio to contest the event at West Row to make it through to the final at Coventry on Tuesday after finishing fifth behind meeting winner Max Clegg.
Although grabbing one of the nine qualifying spots on offer the second season Fen Tigers star, who finished with 10 points, including two race victories, was disappointed he failed to secure a place on the podium pinning his misfortune on an incident on his fifth and final ride.
“I should have been on the podium,” said Coles.
“Although I came second in my first two rides they were slow. I should have won my last race but I hit a rut on third bend and that took me out while I was in the lead which was pretty gutting. That cost me a place in the top three.
Looking ahead to the final Coles is optimistic he can better the three points he scored in last year’s championship decider at Monmore Green when taking to the Brandon raceway.
“I don’t mind the track at Coventry. It will take me a few laps to get use to it again but after that I should be there or thereabouts,” said Coles.
“I know that the meeting will be tough as there a lot of good riders in it but they are all beatable. Although I am riding for myself it would be great if I could win it while riding for the Fen Tigers.”
Contrasting circumstances greeted the Fen Tigers two other representatives Connor Mountain. and Jack Kingston.
While the meeting was largely forgettable for Kingston who scored just the one point from his four rides after withdrawing from his final outing, Mountain could count himself unlucky after finishing in 10th.
Ending on a tied six points with Josh Bailey the 17 year old missed out on the final qualifying spot on countback rules after completing one less ride after receiving an exclusion for touching the tapes in his penultimate outing and failing to finish in his last ride.
“Obviously I am disappointed as I would have liked to have qualified but it is not the end of the world as I still have a few years left in this competition,” said Mountain.
“The most disappointing thing is that I had a really good meeting at Rye House the night before then I come to home track and don’t do so well. The last two races put a downer on my day as up until then I had a satisfying meeting.”