The Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ number one will be making his debut in the event at Beaumont Park on Sunday (3pm) alongside team-mate, and fellow first timer, Jordan Jenkins.
Having impressed for the Fen Tigers and Championship side Ipswich Witches in recent weeks, Mountain is now hoping his good run of form can continue in his quest for the coveted title. “It’s a pretty strong line up and it will be another tough meeting. I have got as good a chance as anyone of getting on the podium,” said Mountain.
“Obviously getting to the final will be a total different ball game again as anything can happen. I have got to make sure I reach it and try and get the job done.
“I don’t think anyone will pick me out as winning it as they will be looking at Dan Bewley and people like that. I don’t mind that at all and I think it will help not having that pressure on me.”
Although the 20-year-old has not ridden around the circuit this season, he feels that will not hold him back as he aims to draw on his previous memorable visits to the track.
“The last time I rode there was in the National Trophy for Mildenhall and that was a few years ago,” said Mountain.
“I remember doing a Midland Development League riders championship there and I scored well in that as well.
“Obviously there are a few of the lads who will have ridden around it in the Premiership this year, but I think it is a pretty even track for everyone.”
n While the focus will be on Mountain and Jenkins during the second part of the weekend, Fen Tigers promoter Kevin Jolly has conceded defeat in the club’s efforts to reach the National League Play-Offs.
Four point away victories over the Plymouth Devils on Friday (7.15pm) and the Stoke Potters on Saturday (5pm) would move the West Row outfit, who lost 57-33 to the Eastbourne Eagles at Arlington on Saturday, into the fourth and final play-off spot.
Despite a top four finish still being within reach, Jolly feels the inability to fit in last weekend’s called off home clash against the Isle Of Wight before Sunday’s play-off cut off will prove to be costly.
“I’ve conceded that we are not going to get to the play-offs,” said Jolly.
“There are no dates available to get the Isle Of Wight meeting in before the cut-off point. We’ve been our own worst enemies. We should have, and could have won more.
“We have spent all season saying we’ve got meetings in hand but points in the bag are better.
“With the recent injuries we have had we have simply run out of steam.”