Wa­ters lead­ing the way

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMPSON

DUN­LOP Se­ries leader Cameron Wa­ters is on track to con­tinue his 2015 dom­i­na­tion in Townsville af­ter fin­ish­ing fastest in both prac­tice ses­sions yesterday.

The Team Enzed Pra driver clocked 1: 14.489 sec in his sec­ond prac­tice ses­sion at Reid Park yesterday af­ter­noon, fin­ish­ing well clear of sec­ond placeget­ter Paul Dum­brell ( Eg­gle­ston Motorsport), Chris Pither ( Ice Break Rac­ing) and Ant Ped­er­sen ( Eg­gle­ston Motorsport).

Wa­ters ( pic­tured above) holds a 118- point lead on the se­ries ta­ble af­ter three rounds, win­ning seven of eight races.

The day was a bit harder for a hand­ful of the com­pe­ti­tion’s rook­ies, in­clud­ing Dun­lop young gun Re­nee Gra­cie.

The Fu­jitsu Rac­ing new­comer sits 17th in the 30- car com­pe­ti­tion and is hope­ful of get­ting near the top 10 in com­ing rounds, but some teething car prob­lems need to be fixed come qual­i­fy­ing this morn­ing.

“We didn’t do as well in that ( sec­ond prac­tice) ses­sion and we had a few prob­lems with the steer­ing line be­ing out and stuff like that, so we’ll fix a few things, get ready for to­mor­row and see how we go,” Gra­cie said.

Gra­cie, 20, is one of the pinup driv­ers of this year’s V8 Su­per­cars and she hopes to break into the top cat­e­gory in com­ing sea­sons.

She proved her abil­ity as a com­peti­tor in last year’s Porsche Car­rera Cup Aus­tralia, where she achieved five top- 10 race re­sults and a 100 per cent race fin­ish­ing record matched only by five- time se­ries cham­pion Craig Baird.

But there is no chance of Gra­cie get­ting ahead of her­self.

“It’s been a re­ally hard se­ries be­cause a lot of these guys have been here for so long, and there’s a few rook­ies in here who are re­ally good as well,” she said.

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