Wa­ters hopes track fa­mil­iar­ity will breed suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - TRENT SLATTER

HE’S one of the youngest driv­ers in the Su­per­cars cham­pi­onship, but Cameron Wa­ters is bank­ing on his Reid Park ex­pe­ri­ence to in­spire a win­ning week­end for the Townsville 400.

The 22- year- old is in just his se­cond sea­son as a full- time Su­per­cars driver, but he’s no stranger to the Townsville street cir­cuit, hav­ing won the Dun­lop Se­ries round in 2015.

Wa­ters fin­ished first and se­cond across the week­end as part of an in- cred­i­ble seven- race win­ning streak that saw him take out the over­all crown and make the step up to Su­per­cars with Pro­drive Rac­ing Aus­tralia.

Reid Park presents a unique chal­lenge for even the most ex­pe­ri­enced driv­ers with its mix of street cir­cuit and ded­i­cated race­track, but Wa­ters said it was a huge boost al­ready know­ing what it takes to win at Townsville.

“I’ve raced Dun­lop Se­ries a few times here and won the round and won a few races. It’s quite unique to drive and set the car up as well,” Wa- ters said. “It helps to be able to go to a round and know the track, whereas last year I went to a few tracks which I didn’t re­ally have that much ex­pe­ri­ence on.

“It gets you up to speed in prac­tice a lit­tle bit quicker. I re­ally like the event here and I re­ally like the track.”

Wa­ters fin­ished 19th in the Su­per­cars cham­pi­onship in his rookie sea­son, but he’s worked his way up to ninth this year on the back of three straight top- 10 fin­ishes. He ad­mit­ted he still had work to do head­ing into Townsville, but felt he’s grown in leaps and bounds since his rookie year when he fin­ished in the top 10 just five times.

“I’ve been pretty happy with how this year’s gone. Last year was re­ally up and down as a rookie and this year we’ve found that con­sis­tency and found a lit­tle bit more speed as well,” Wa­ters said.

“We didn’t have the best week­end in Dar­win pace- wise, but we’ve found a few things since then so if we can get a bit of that back then we’ll have a good week­end.”

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