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Cameron Waters currently leads the Dunlop Series and has been announced as the co-driver for Chaz Mostert in the Pepsi Max Falcon. Waters has said all year that this is the time for him to show that he is ready to take the next step, and Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) has not let him down, with a car on the pace, and the young driver over the past two race weekend not putting a foot wrong. Waters told Supercar Magazine that he has been ticking all the boxes on what is required of him in 2015, “The last two rounds have been really great I haven’t made any mistakes and I am getting the most out of myself and the car.”


Waters has particularly improved his overall performance which was marred in 2014 by some elementary mistakes, over the past two rounds he is unbeaten, explaining where some of the improvement has occurred, “one area which I think I’ve struggled is my starts and this weekend [at Winton] I have been able to beat Andrew Jones off this line each time.”


Going to Bathurst is a daunting task for any young driver, Waters knows and understands this challenge perhaps better than anyone, having been the youngest driver in the history of the event, when he joined TV Racer Grant Denyer following his reality TV show success on the Shannons Supercar Showdown in 2011. This year when he heads to the mountain it will be with no less pressure, joining the front running young gun but this year he is joining Chaz Mostert, who will be defending his Bathurst crown, “I’ll just get in the car, do my stints and give it back to him in one piece, Yes it is a bit of pressure being the Bathurst champs but I’ll just do what I can do and hopefully that’ll be enough”.


Waters tested the FG-X at Winton ahead of the recent round, and believes that this new Falcon now reflects the feel of previous generation Falcon, which Waters runs in the Dunlop Series “it’s a lot closer than it was last year, I think the aero on these cars is back to where it should be.”  This proved to make the transition for Waters a lot easier, “I was able to get in it [the FG-X]and be competitive straight away, so that’s always property promising. I’m looking forward to getting back in the car familiarise myself more with the car as well.”


For the young driver, Friday practice in Darwin, could allow him some more seat time, before the next Dunlop Series round in Townsville “I’m not sure about that, I’ll have to speak to the team.” Another challenge for Waters is the lack of good quality tyres in the PRA bank which will change the handling of the car when he gets new rubber at Sandown, “It’s obviously an issue, tyres are tighten and the talking point of V8 SuperCars at the moment, but you can only go out there and driver with what you’ve got on the car, so you just go out there in drive accordingly, it is in issue but nothing I can do about it.”


Waters has stated that this year is the year for him to show that he can make the transition to the main game, and he believes that so far he is ticking all the boxes required to ensure he is in the silly season mix, “I feel like I am driving better we are moving the car forward so it’s good to make the car better but it’s good to make itself better as well as I said before one thing I was lacking was my starts so that’s encouraging to be getting better.”


But still Waters understands the business of V8 SuperCars, “I’d like to think it’s close but you never really known till you’ve got a contract in front of you, so I can only keep doing what I’m doing in the Dunlop series, keep winning race and see how it pans out at the end of the year.”


Waters knows it tough because there is only four cars at Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) and only 3 available to Australian Drivers, (Super Black Racing’s car is reserved for a New Zealand Driver.) So it means one of the current drivers will have to be let go before he can have a seat with the team he is currently contracted to, but there has also been speculation that PRA might loan him out to another team, “it’s not really my decision, I just want to be in a car driving, I’ll let the bosses make those decisions and we will see what happens from there.”

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