RAIN or shine Mick Anderson has confidence in his driver Declan Fraser to adapt to whatever conditions are thrown his way for this week's Super 3 action at Mount Panorama.
The Bathurst team owner and his young Queensland-based driver have enjoyed a smooth run of testing in preparation for the Mount, where they have strong podium ambitions.
In a year disrupted by calendar changes and cancellations it's a great feeling for Anderson and his crew to finally have more racing action to look forward to.
Anderson has a lot of faith that Fraser can be right in the mix during the biggest pressure test of the season.
Fraser made a big statement when he finished second back in July's Sydney Motorsport Park Super 3 round and Anderson said with the way Fraser has been dialled in behind the wheel and with the strong performance of the team's Falcon there's big ambitions for the Bathurst week.
"The first aim is to be consistent, avoid damage and stay clear of accidents and from there we're definitely out here looking for the win," Anderson said.
"We think we've got the right setup to make that happen. I think we can definitely get onto the podium.
"Declan's been down here since last Wednesday and had a great weekend with the car where we were doing a lot of different stuff with it, and getting some training in. It's really been a nice, relaxed week leading up to this for him."
Recent testing backed up Anderson's positive outlook for Mount Panorama.
"We had a test day last week at Eastern Creek. Declan came down for that and we had a great shakedown before the event and at the moment everything's looking good," he said.
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"We had a procedure we wanted to go through with our Bathurst setup, because it's quite different from the other tracks around, and it was productive. Testing went perfect and Declan did everything we wanted of him.
"There's nothing that compares to Bathurst so there's no track you can pre-run at. It's just a different beast altogether."
Testing can only help to a certain extent - especially when the Mount decides to throw challenging weather your way.
Anderson's garage and everyone else down pit lane will staring at the heavens quite often through the week as rain is predicted to fall in patches leading up to the weekend.
"The weather looks like it's going to be okay. There's not much we can do about it though," Anderson said.
"I think the Thursday and Friday sessions should be okay, it's just the Saturday which is looking a bit iffy right now. But it is what it is and everyone's going to be in the same boat no matter what happens.
"We've just got to be prepared for whatever comes our way."
The Super 2 and Super 3 categories will be maintaining the combined grid they used earlier in the season, with the first practice session set to get underway from Thursday at 11.20am.
Driver's will get a second chance to move up the grid should Friday's opening race not go their way. A second qualifying session will take place before Saturday's second and final race of the round.