HIS kids might not like the roar of the engines but Lismore driver Mark Robinson is raring to go ahead of the NSW V8 Dirt Modified Championship.

Robinson came second in the state title event last year but is the defending national champion.

Despite a mechanical issue last week, Robinson is going into the championship at Lucas Oil Lismore Speedway this weekend full of confidence.

"We had an issue with the brakes in Brisbane last weekend but we're on top of that now," Robinson said.

"It was disappointing but probably the only time we've been hampered in the past three seasons.

"It was a safety issue and I had to pull out after the first heat."

Robinson was edged out by Kevin Britten in the NSW championship last season.

He doesn't believe racing at home will give him an advantage in a quality field.

"Home track doesn't really matter much any more because everyone races the same number of events," Robinson said.

"We're definitely striving to win it this year and we'll go close.

"Whenever you come in with the "1" on your car everyone wants to go out there and beat you.

"We have the goods to hopefully go all the way again; it should be a really good event."

Robinson is the only driver in the championship who runs a car with a Ford engine.

"It's good to be different and we've always strived to be different to the other guys in the class," he said.

"Dad was a Ford lover and it just made sense to go ahead and build one.

"I stepped into it after Dad had raced in it for a year and it's definitely been worth it."

The V8 Dirt Modifieds will be supported over two nights of racing by Wingless Sprintcars, Four Cylinder Sedans, Litre Sprints, AMCA Sedans, SP Sedans, Street Stocks and Junior Sedans.

Gates open at 3pm both nights, with racing starting at 6pm.

All children aged 12 years and under will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult.



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