AS THE Australian Kart Championship heads to Emerald for the first time, the battle for the championships are set to heat up.
With the penultimate round of the 2017 title chase being held at a venue that many of the contenders have never seen, let alone raced at, before it sets the scene for a scintillating challenge.
The 1005-metre circuit will be one of the fastest that the competitors visit in the 2017 schedule and with it being up to 10 metres wide in places it is bound to provide some great racing across all classes.
Courtesy of early championship leader Troy Loeskow from Bundaberg having a disastrous round in South Australia, the KZ2 standings are extremely tight.
Canberra teenager Joshua Fife leads the way by four points over Loeskow with South Australian Daniel Price one point further adrift.
Queensland Broc Feeney is one of the few drivers who is in contention for a championship that has experience at the Emerald circuit. He will be hoping to use this experience as he aims to reduce the deficit to fellow Gold Coaster Lochie Hughes who currently sits at the top of the KA2 standings.
Tasmanian Tate Frost made his mark on the previous round and could certainly mix it with the leading duo in Emerald.
In the junior ranks Cooper Webster is leading the way in KA4 Junior as he chases back-to-back titles. However, only five points separate him and fellow Victorian Jay Hanson in the standings with reigning Cadet 12 Champion Kai Allen only 11 points further back.
In the KA1 class, Blackwater's John Martin will be making is return to the karting circuit where a three-way race for the James Courtney Perpetual Trophy is engaged.
Ricciardo Kart racer Jace Matthews leads the way in the standings over defending champion Scott Sorensen and last round winner Kyle Henry-Smith.
In the cadet 9 class Ryan Tomsett and Harry Arnett are engaged in a tight battle in the standings while James Wharton has an almost insurmountable lead in Cadet 12.
Brendan Nelson's consistency also has him well clear in the TaG 125 standings while KA3 Senior and X30 look set to go down to the wire in Melbourne at the final round.