THEY may only be in as a wildcard entry, but Malaysia's Thunder Asia Racing Team will be no pushovers in the GT300 class of the SuperGT International Series Malaysia at the Sepang Circuit this weekend.
Both drivers Fairuz Fauzy and Hiroki Noshida went through the paces in a shakedown of their Mosler MT900M on Thursday and confidence is oozing through the team's garage at the moment.
"We have the confidence this time around.
Fairuz is feeling good in the car and he's bringing a lot of positive vibes into the team," said team principal Raja Norzaini Raja Mohd Noor.
Fairuz, 30, is eager to get back into the business of racing and revealed his sense of pride as the factor behind his determination to do well this weekend.
"I don't think we've seen this before.
"The only one who is not Malaysian in the team is my co-driver Hiroki.
"Everyone else from the mechanics to the engineer and management of this team are Malaysian," said Fairuz.
"And we are racing at a very high level, so this gives me a real sense of pride and I really want to do well this weekend."
Fairuz said some minor glitches early in the shakedown runs on Thursday were swiftly sorted out by the team and plans have already been ironed out for the qualifying sessions today.
"There's a lot of potential in the car and we're confident of being able to place it in the top 10 of qualifying.
"There are 30 minute and 15 minute sessions and then the Mega Lap for qualifying," said Fairuz.
"If we do make the top 10, then I'll be doing the Mega Lap, if not then Hiroki will do it.
"What's interesting in this series now is that both drivers have to qualify, so it means both of us have to do a good job."