Mildenhall’s Jack Kingston is hoping he can make full use of home track advantage in the British Under-21 semi-final on Sunday (3.30pm).
The 19-year-old, together with Mildenhall Fen Tigers’ team-mates Connor Coles and Connor Mountain, will battle it out at West Row at the weekend for one of the nine qualifying spots up for grabs in this year’s final —to be held at Coventry on April 14.
Last year, the former Kent Kings rider successfully made it through the semi-final stage before going on to score five points in the final at Monmore, which was won by his then team-mate Josh Bates.
“I know the quickest way around the track and that goes in my favour, but that is the same for both Connors (Coles and Mountain),” said Kingston.
“Although the track caught us out a bit on the press and practice day I feel pretty quick and felt that I got the best out of the track and the day.
“I went into last year’s semi-final open minded and ended up coming second, so anything can happen. “
Although Kingston will be expected to qualify he will have his work cut out with the field containing several National League big hitters, including Cradley Heathen aces Max Clegg and Nathan Greaves and Kent Kings’ number one Ben Morley.
With Sunday’s Palmer Trophy falling victim to the weather, it means Kingston, Coles and Mountain will head into the semi-final without any race laps around their home track under their belt.
While not ideal, the trio will be given the chance to get rid of any race rustiness 24 hours before the semi-final with the Fen Tigers set to start the defence of their National Trophy title at Hoddesdon against the Rye House Raiders (7pm).
“While Rye House isn’t the greatest of tracks it should help me get me back on my game ready for Sunday,” said Kingston, who pinpointed Rob Branford as the biggest worry to their defence on Saturday.