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
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

2033

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

1902

 3

 David Reynolds

1646

 4

 Jamie Whincup

1630

 5

 Craig Lowndes

1602

 6

 Fabian Coulthard

1430

 7

 Scott Pye 

1384

 8

 Rick Kelly

1372

 9

 Chaz Mostert

1286

 10

 James Courtney

1236

 Full points table