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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Clipsal 500 Adelaide

2-5 March

Tyrepower Tasmania Super Sprint 

7-9 April

WD-40 Phillip Island 500  21-23 April 

Perth Super Sprint  

5-7 May 

Winton Super Sprint 

19-21 May 

CrownBet Triple Crown Darwin

16-18 June

Watpac Townsville 400

7-9 July

Coates Hire Ipswich Super Sprint

28-30 July

Red Rooster Sydney Super Sprint

18-20 August

Wilson Security Sandown 500

15-17 September

Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000

5-8 October

Vodafone Gold Coast 600

20-22 October

ITM Auckland Super Sprint

3-5 November

Coates Hire Newcastle 500

24-26 November

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Jamie Whincup

2850

 2

 Scott McLaughlin

2820

 3

 Fabian Coulthard

2674

 4

 Chaz Mostert

2586

 5

 Shane van Gisbergen

2574

 6

 Craig Lowndes

2160

 7

 Cameron Waters

2071

 8

 Mark Winterbottom

2058

 9

 Garth Tander

2028

 10

David Reynolds 

1956

 Full points table