ENZED's Cam Waters kicks off his 2018 Virgin Australia Supercar Championship on the streets of Adelaide by contesting a pair of gruelling 78 laps races held over Saturday and Sunday of this coming weekend, March 2-4.
Waters will line up in his #6 Monster Energy Falcon driving for the newly named Tickford Racing - formerly Prodrive Racing Australia - and in doing so will commence his fifth consecutive year driving for the Melbourne-based former Ford factory backed squad. In 2014 and 15 Waters drove in the Dunlop Development Series with the outfit, finishing second in the points during his first year with the them, before clinching the Dunlop Series title the following year.
2016 saw a graduation to full-time championship racing, driving the Monster Energy Falcon with the support of long-time backers ENZED. Waters recording a brilliant fourth place on debut on the streets of Adelaide before recording his first career pole position in wet conditions at the fourth round in Western Australia. Bathurst saw Waters claiming another strong fourth place, missing out on a podium place by just 0.3s.
2017 witnessed the best year yet for the 23-year-old Mildura born driver, finishing the year as the youngest, and least experienced, driver in the top-10 championship points, scoring three podium finishes over the course of the year. A resounding and dominant September win at the time-honoured Sandown 500 event saw Waters entering his name into the history books as a Supercars race winner and, in 2018 he's looking to continue his strong 2017 form.
"I'm as well prepared as I've ever been and just can't wait to get stuck into it. My off-season has been great with driver training in the UK, a strong debut run at the Bathurst 12-hour and plenty of endurance training in the gym so I want to put all that to good use from the first event this weekend in Adelaide.
"I love the Adelaide Parklands circuit, which rewards consistent, pin-point accuracy combined with patient aggression and the notorious Turn 8 sweeper at the back of the circuit is one of the most challenging corners in Australia. The most damaging too.
"The key to the first weekend is to leave with as many points as possible because so many fancied championship challengers strike trouble from the outset, which is not to say you can just cruise around collecting points, but there is a balance.
"The track evolves over the course of the weekend and it will be a challenge to maximise the increasing grip, while the temperatures over the weekend can also prove to be difficult on a number of fronts, both in and out of the car, so there's a lot to contend with.
"Having finished in eighth place in last year's championship my goal for this year is to make every shootout (Waters missed just one in 2017), visit the podium more regularly and win more than one race and I know that will be tough. I have really competitive team mates and we just don't know if the new ZB Commodore is going to be really quick out of the box. It looked very impressive during testing recently and there are 14 of them out there to contend with, not to mention the might of Team Penske DJR who will be very strong.
"If I can tick all of the boxes I'm sure I can improve on my final points position from 2017 and heading into my third year at championship level I know I have to perform strongly at every single event ... here's to getting the ball rolling well from the word go."
This weekend's race schedule sees the Supercars on track as follows:
Friday, March 2
Practice 1: 9:45 (40-mins)
Practice 2: 11:50 (40-mins)
Qualifying, Race 1: 15:50 (20-mins)
Saturday, March 3
Practice 3: 9:50 (20-mins)
Top 10 Shootout Race 1: 11:55
Race 1: 15:20 (78 laps)
Sunday, March 4
Qualifying, Race 2: 9:40 (20-mins)
Top 10 Shootout Race 2: 11:40
Race 2: 15:20 (78 laps)
Times listed are in South Australia's time zone (ACDT).
Live timing can be found here: http://racing.natsoft.com.au/results/#1
Live Television on Fox Sports 506 (all four days) and Channel 10 (Friday through Sunday).