A GROUP of Fraser Coast kart drivers will head north for a crack at the SKAA Queensland Speedway Kart Titles this weekend.
The group will leave early Friday for the 1000km-plus trip to Ayr Motorcycle Club for the event, where they will compete against the best the Sunshine State has to offer on four wheels.
Blake Hancock is the brightest of local hopes, though Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller said at least one of the club's drivers should return with a podium.
"Blake is probably one of the favourites in the Standards,” Moller said.
"He was third at last year's titles and that was one of his first races. He'll be one of the ones to beat.”
Hancock has dominated the local scene, winning all before him to be the best driver at the Tinana track.
His son Jayden will also take to the track.
A relatively new driver, Moller said Jayden could be among the top five.
"He ran second up there last time but that was against drivers from North Queensland - this will be the best from across the state,” Moller said. "We're hopeful of a top five but it is his third race as a junior.”
Dirt Divas duo Ashleigh and Georgie Moller could also be among the top performers, Connor Hayhoe should perform well, while Bundaberg's Patrick Ray, a regular competitor at Maryborough Speedway, will test himself at the titles.
"Ashleigh should be a serious contender in the junior standards,” Moller said. "We're confident of a top three.
"Georgie, we'd be surprised if she didn't finish in the top three.”
Ayr Motorcycle Club boasts a larger track than Maryborough Speedway, and has a different surface. Drivers will compete on Saturday.