King's Lynn rider grateful for fans' support
Hometown rider Connor Mountain is grateful for King’s Lynn Stars fans’ support during his debut season in British speedway’s top flight.
The Lynn-born Rising Star reserve enjoyed his best-ever Premiership display by top-scoring with 13+2 points at Belle Vue on September 13.
The 24-year-old said: “It’s obviously not been a great year for King’s Lynn but personally I was just really happy to get the call-up.
“It’s my local club and it’s always a place I wanted to ride so I was happy to be part of it. It’s obviously not gone the way we wanted to but I think we’ve got to take the positives out of it.
“We have had some good results on the road and we’ve done a good meeting here against Belle Vue.”
The former Mildenhall, Leicester, Ipswich, Sheffield and Coventry racer said it was important that local riders like himself and Dersingham’s Lewis Kerr are involved.
“Massive. It’s great to see your local fans. When you’re out and around King’s Lynn and you bump into some people, it’s always nice to be with your local club so it’s cool to be part of it.”
He revealed West Norfolk fans are very supportive with no-one wary to approach him simply because results have not gone Lynn’s way during 2021, which saw a bottom of the table finish.
Mountain replied: “No, I’ve never had anything like that. I think people just say hi or whatever when you see them.
“It’s nice to see local faces around, you know, and at the stadium. I’ve never had any negative reaction.”
Of finally appearing for his local team midway through 2021, the son of Lynn-born rider Andy Mountain said: “Definitely it’s a dream. I’ve been coming here since I was a kid watching and when I got the opportunity I took it with both hands.
“I’d love to come back. Like I said, it’s a dream place to ride being my home town and stuff. I think I have another year left on my Rising Star so yeah, if I could fit in there that would be great.
“It’s my first full year in the Premiership and I’ve had a decent year in the Championship with Newcastle and both clubs haven’t made the playoffs this year which is unfortunate but I’ve been in that position before.
“If we could look to 2022, whichever clubs I’m at, and push for the playoffs that’s obviously the goal.”
Mountain admitted he tapped the knowledge of his Lynn skipper Kerr who is an ex-Newcastle rider.
“When Lewi was up there I went with him a few times, sussed the place out. I’ve had a decent year up there, I’ve been pretty pleased with how it’s gone,” he revealed.
“Like I said, we haven’t made the playoffs but personally I’ve been in a heat leader position all season and I’ve pushed on quite a bit in the Championship this year.”