Relative rookie Ray ready for Ayr
HE MIGHT be only 11-years-old but Patrick Ray knows his way around a race track.
The Bundaberg boy is a regular at Maryborough Speedway's karts events.
He finished second in the track's SKAA Karts Winter Nationals series, which included a feature race win during the third round, and will travel to Ayr on Saturday for the SKAA Queensland Speedway Kart Titles.
Patrick will complete the long trip to Ayr with dad Gavin from Friday morning.
"It's more of a test to see where he's at," Gavin said of the state title trip.
Patrick has raced for about a year.
"It was actually through a friend that we heard about karting, and he suggested we try speedway," Gavin said.
"He's barely driven for a year.
"We didn't expect him to be anywhere near where he is now it (at the start) but through commitment and listening to what others have had to say he's learned quickly."
He has developed into a solid driver with help from Maryborough Speedway president Wayne Moller and gun standards driver Blake Hancock, and has moved towards the front half of the field with every race.
"The whole experience has been above and beyond what we expected," Gavin said of Patrick's time racing.
The state titles will be held at Ayr Motorcycle Club.