KINGSTON’S BACK ON TRACK

TIGERS' RETURN: Jack Kingston
TIGERS' RETURN: Jack Kingston

Jack Kingston has revealed he has found his passion for speedway once again, just weeks after coming close to quitting the sport for good.

In a dramatic U-turn the 19-year-old ended his two-week hiatus on Sunday to take his place in the Mildenhall Fen Tigers line-up for their opening National League clash against the Kent Kings.

The teenager marked his return in perfect fashion, topping the scoring charts with 10 points, including three heat wins, to help the West Row outfit secure a 48-41 victory

“It feels good to be back,” he said. “There was a good morale in the team on Sunday and it is great to get back to winning ways.

“I spent a lot of time in the garage trying to find my passion for racing again as I was close to not coming back.

“However, I am glad I decided to come back as nothing beats the feeling of getting a double figure haul and top scoring.”

Reflecting back on his initial move to take a break Kingston, who is in his second season racing for the Fen Tigers, has cited there was no one over-riding factor which influenced his decision.

“I had a few family issues but really everything was getting to me, even going to the garage to clean the bikes was becoming a chore,” said Kingston.

“Kevin Jolly and Rob Henry summed it up that if my head was not in it I would end up hurting myself as you have got to be 110 per cent out there.

“It was only on the Monday night before the meeting that I got a spurt of motivation back when I was out cleaning the bikes with my girlfriend.

“I needed that time off as the fans deserve to see the best from me and nothing less.”

One change that Kingston believes has helped him turn a corner with immediate effect is the move to have an independent mechanic operating on his bikes in the pits, as opposed to a family member helping instruct him.

“No disrespect to any of my family but they don’t come from a speedway background,” he said.

“When they were helping me I was taking liberties with them and it was not productive. Having Shane (Henry) helping me in the pits has helped me have that bit more restraint as it is someone giving up their time willing to help, plus he comes from a speedway background.

“He kept me laughing all meeting long and once I got that first ride under my belt it got my nerves out of the way and allowed me to focus on the rest of the meeting.

“I am already looking forward to riding against Rye House on Sunday and the way I feel I could go do it now.”