Home track knowledge will give Luke Wrigley an advantage when the Rotax Pro Tour Karting Series comes to Dubbo this weekend.
The 18-year-old will be among 130 competitors that descend on Lincoln County Raceway for the second round of the national series.
He is contesting one of the most competitive classes, the Rotax Light, and he has set himself a high goal.
“I’m really excited that the Rotax Pro Tour is coming back to Dubbo,” Wrigley said.
“It’s great for the club and will bring something different to the track. For me heading into this round, I’m aiming for a top-10 finish.
“If we could do that, I’d be really happy, anything better would be great.”
Wrigley will go up against 32 highly-rated racers but he has already been out on the track thios year to get ready
“I did a weekend of testing about a month ago with my team that includes my Dad and Greg Cusack, who make it possible for me to go racing.
“I feel as though we gained some valuable information about the J&A Kart Tuning-built motor and how it performs.”
The hometown hero’s Wrigley’s toughest competition will come from first round winner, Brodie Whitmore, from the Hawkesbury region, and current series leader, Joshua Rogers.
Victorian, Troy Woolston will be returning to Dubbo as the current World Champion in DD2 Masters.
Woolston won that title in Portugal at the end of last year and started his 2018 title defence in perfect fashion, going undefeated at the opening round in Melbourne.
The hotly contested DD2 Masters field will see Woolston taken on by Jason Pringle - who’s represented Australia on numerous occasions at World Finals and Matthew Wall, who is aiming to get his 2018 season on track.
Former Australian V8 Utes Champion, Kris Walton will also be making the trip to Dubbo to be part of the 16-kart field as will diminutive Victorian mother of two, Barbara Anagnostiadis and Australian captain from last year’s World Finals, Scott Howard.
Kiwi Ryan Wood leads the Junior Max Championship after winning the first round in Melbourne.
He is one of a strong New Zealand contingent with no less than six drivers from the Land of the Long White Cloud coming to the Central West.
He is expected to have Victorians James Wharton and Jaiden Pope breathing down his neck - both keen for redemption after round one which saw them score few points due to an on-track indiscretion.
Competition begins Friday with Practice, before Qualifying and heat racing Saturday with the event coming to a conclusion on Sunday.
Entry to the public at Lincoln County Raceway is free of charge and the track is located on the Newell Highway at Brocklehurst.
For those who can’t make it to the track, the event will be livestreamed on Sunday at www.facebook.com/rotaxprotour.