Wednesday, 12 July 2017 11:38

Uncharted Waters: Prodrive’s rising star

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A gun in junior formulae, Mildura's Cameron Waters was brought back to earth last year with a tough rookie season in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. But he is making a giant leap forward in 2017, as we examine in issue #99.

Issue #99 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #99.

Without a moment's hesitation Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) boss Tim Edwards responds, "Absolutely!" We've just asked if his young charger Cameron Waters was a future Supercars champion.

The 22-year-old was a star in the junior formulae. The Mildura native took the Australian Formula Ford and Development Series by storm with dominant championship victories in 2011 and 2015 respectively.

Add to the tally multiple state and national karting championships, a win in the Shannons Supercar Showdown and becoming the youngest driver to tackle the Bathurst 1000 at just 17 in 2011 makes for an impressive resume.

So to see Waters' name 19th in the standings at the end of his rookie Supercars season last year may have taken some who've followed his career to date by surprise. But to make that judgement would be to misunderstand just how close the Supercars category is.

"As you know it's a tough category and he came in at a very competitive time," says Edwards.

"Every year we talk about how it's more competitive than the last year and no doubt last year was more competitive than the previous years. He came in at a tough time. It's one of those things as well, if some of the old guard think you're a bit vulnerable they will pounce on you.

"You've got to earn your respect in this category and I think drives like this season will get him that respect.

"To his credit, he has put his head down, done a lot of work over the summer with him personally and as a team."

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #99 to read the full feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 28-March 3
Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 October 25-27
Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

 Full points table