A QUEENSLANDER could try to make up for Wednesday night's State of Origin loss by frustrating Taree riders Hayden Nelson, Will Bisley and Thoren Openshaw in their bid to win a title at the NSW Junior Dirt Track Championships to be hosted by Taree Motorcycle Club at the Old Bar Roadside Circuit this weekend.
Glenn Nelson from Queensland returns to track racing for the titles after recent outings at road racing.
He looms as the main opposition to the Taree trio in the highly competitive 11 to 13 class.
Kurri riders Cameron Ducker and Thomas Bullen will also be in the mix.
Riders from 44 clubs from throughout NSW and Queensland will contest the two day championship, where 11 classes will be decided.
Officials expect some top class riding.
"Don't be put off by the fact this is a junior meeting,'' bike racing correspondent Peter Baker said.
"The quality of racing is invariably as good as the seniors turn on. With the juniors riding smaller capacity machines, the racing will be close and hard fought.''
He added the majority of riders already boast plenty of track experience.
"Many have impressive credentials with numerous titles to their credit,'' Baker said.
The Queenslanders could have a strong say in the proceedings.
Viv Muddle will probably be the rider to beat in the 7 to under 9 years while Seth Qualischefski (13-16 years) will also be a contender against favourite Ryan Smith from Singleton.
Mitch Bisley and Hayden Lennon from Taree along with Jarred Loveday, Tyler O'Donnell and MacKenzie Booth from Kempsey all have claims.
One of the most anticipated clashes will be between Kempsey's Jayden Holder and Beau Bailey from Forbes in the 9 to under 13 division.
"There's never much between them,'' Baker said.
Taree officials worked at the track last Sunday and some fast racing should be the order this weekend if conditions are favourable.
Gates will be open at 8am on both days.
It'll be a varied weekend for motor sport in the area, with Manning Kart Club to host the second round of the NSW Sprint Series at the Wingham Sporting Complex track.