Rookie contenders will be out in force, as the Australian Formula Ford Championship hits the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this weekend in support of the V8 Supercar Championship.
A high profile addition to the field is David Sera, who recently made his state level Formula Ford debut, following on from a stellar go karting career which featured 12 national and 44 state titles.
Sera has made no secret of his ambitions to use Formula Ford as a launching pad to a career in V8 Supercars, with the Phillip Island round the next step in his progression.
"I had only one test day at Phillip Island before the state round, so I had only ever done a few laps in the car," Sera said.
"We had a few electrical problems early in the weekend, but we came through and finish third in the final race.
"Still, I need to keep improving, and the racing in the national series is a step up again.
"The biggest thing I've found is the race craft, driving on a bigger track with a bigger car takes a bit of getting used to after years in go karts. The technical side of things is also a change, but there are some good people in Minda Motorsport helping me out.
"My plan for the meeting is to continue to improve, and hopefully be in the top-five by the end of the weekend."
The field will also be boosted by the entry of another former go karting champion, Anton de Pasquale, aboard a Sonic Motor Racing Services Mygale.
The 16 year old has Formula Ford points on the board in the Victorian State Series, with front running form in the opening two rounds, which included a pole and podiums at the recent Phillip Island round.
Currently leading the Australian Championship Rookie of the Year standings is South Australian Sam Power, who has impressed aboard his new Synergy Motorsport Spectrum 014 this season.
For the 2011 Victorian State Champion, the Phillip Island round presents his best opportunity to step up, with recent testing putting him in good stead.
"With my past racing experience at Phillip Island in various categories, it's one of the tracks on the schedule that I don't have to worry about learning the circuit," Power said.
"To date this year I think I have done a pretty good job, considering we have had a few little niggling problems with the car, I've still been able to race well.
"Following on from Symmons Plains we've gotten to the bottom of the issues, and recent testing has put everyone very close together lap time wise.
"With the draft in play at Phillip Island it's very hard to break away from the field, so it will be very interesting to see how the racing pans out."
Power will be joined in the Synergy stable this weekend by Scott Andrews, who returns to the series after missing Symmons Plains, and Mathew Hart, who currently sits second in the standings.
After claiming his maiden race and round wins in Tasmania, Garry Jacobson currently leads Hart by only two points, with opening round winner Jack le Brocq a further five points adrift in third.
The Formula Fords will be in action twice on all three days of the Phillip Island schedule, with three races spread over Saturday and Sunday.
Round 3 of 8, Australian Formula Ford Championship
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, May 18-20
TRACK GUIDE: PHILIP ISLAND
Track Length: 4.445km
Track Direction: Anti-Clockwise
Top Speed: 230km/h
WEEKEND SCHEDULE (All times in AEDT)
Friday May 18
Practice 1- 9:35am - 9:55am
Practice 2- 12:20pm - 12:40pm
Saturday May 19
Qualifying- 9:40am 10:00am
Race 1- 12:55pm 13:15pm
Sunday May 20
Race 2- 9:35am 9:55am
Race 3- 2:05pm 2:30pm
CHAMPIONSHIP POINTSCORE AFTER ROUND 2 OF 8
1. Garry Jacobson (VIC) 97 points
2. Matthew Hart (ACT) 95
3. Jack Le Brocq (VIC) 90
4. Shae Davies (QLD) 48
5. Jonathon Venter (NSW) 38
6. Liam Sager (QLD) 37
7. Sam Power (SA) 34
8. Tom Goess (SA) 32
9. Simon Hodge (SA) 20
10. Jake Fouracre (VIC) 12