Hunter riders will be in title contention for this weekend's NSW Junior Track Championship on the Central Coast.
Hunter region riders Mackenzie Childs and Sam Laguzza, Jake Farnsworth from Penrith, Bailey Spencer from Coffs Harbour and Victorian Bryce Holmes will all have their last shot at a state junior title success.
Childs has been one of the standouts in this age bracket recently but like all of those soon headed in to the seniors will face tough opposition headed by another Hunter rider Billy Van Eerde and Brisbane rider Max Whale.
The entry list across all age groups, for the titles at Allen Park in Somersby is headed by riders with many national and state championship wins to their credit.
Competition rules allow for riders to stay in the junior ranks for the remainder of the calendar year in which they turn 16 and it is often the case that riders contest all the championship meetings before they step up in to senior competition.
This weekend’s title showdown has, as usual, attracted riders from all over the home state as well as strong representations from Queensland and Victoria.
Any success in championship meetings can help junior riders attract sponsors as well giving them confidence as they progress in to older age brackets.
Each championship class will be decided over a series of heats on Saturday with riders qualifying for finals on Sunday afternoon.
Those riders in the 13-16 years classes invariably take much of the spotlight as they are the riders who are closest to moving in to senior competition.