ENZED Sponsored young gun Cameron Waters has finished his second season in the Supercars category 8th in points. In a season which included career first podiums and a race win at Sandown, Waters established himself as a consistent top 10 finisher, and at times a genuine race winning threat in Australia’s toughest racing series.
The season started off with a bang for Waters who matched his career best solo finish of 4th in race 1 at the Clipsal 500. He would then go on to back this up with an impressive 8th position in race 2 to leave the round placed 5th in the standings. Round 2 took place on a wet and wintery weekend at Symmons Plains in Tasmania, where Waters was able to avoid the carnage to finish both races inside the top 10 and leave the apple isle with an undamaged car. Waters earned more than a few fans over the weekend as he took it to veteran Craig Lowndes on the tight circuit. Phillip Island was next and after a disappointing Race 1 in which his race was hampered by a flat tyre, Waters was able to rebound for an impressive 6th in race 2.
Perth was a tough weekend for Waters, who struggled to find a suitable setup for the tight Barbagallo Raceway. Back to Victoria and a 4th place in race 2 saw Waters leave the event placed 10th in the championship points standings, a huge improvement from the 19th he finished in at the end of the 2016 season. The series headed north for the following three rounds where Waters was able to snag four top 10 finishes throughout the 6 races including a strong 5th place in Townsville. Sydney Motorsport Park marked the only DNF Waters would encounter all season long when another tyre blow out put an end to any hopes he had of a strong finish.
The Enduro Cup was undoubtedly the high point of Waters’ season, who pairing up with Kiwi Richie Stanaway took 3rd across the three race series within a series. Starting with a bang, the duo were able to take pole and race victory at the Sandown 500, leading almost all laps from start to finish and holding off a hard charging Scott McLaughlin for a memorable win. The duo once again led from the front in Bathurst, leading many of the first 100 laps before contact with Garth Tander and Chaz Mostert ensured an ill-timed pitstop left the team to finish a disappointing 16th. The team rebounded with a 2nd place finish behind teammates Chaz Mostert and Steve Owen in race 1 on the Gold Coast before an incident with Paul Dumbrell left the team with a 21st place finish in race 2. The Enduro campaign saw a shift in attitude towards Waters, who went from being known as a consistent top 10 finisher to a consistent race winning threat.
The Supercars circus crossed the Tasman for the Auckland Supersprint where Waters was able to record pole position as a result of his fast practice times after qualifying was cancelled as a result of the horrendous weather. 9th was the best he could manage in race 1, however a career first individual podium was the result of a fantastic drive in race 2. The season wrapped up at the picturesque Newcastle street circuit, however it was a weekend to forget for Waters and who came away with 13th and 23rd place finishes.
It was a season to remember for the 23 year old, who will only improve as his experience grows. At ENZED we can’t wait to see what the future holds and are counting down the days until the Adelaide 500 in March.