Prodrive Racing Australia has confirmed that Steve Owen will pilot its #6 Pepsi Max Ford Falcon FG X at the V8 Supercars Championship’s season-ending Sydney 500 round at Homebush Bay.

Owen – who has served as a co-driver to championship leader Mark Winterbottom in the sister #5 entry for the past two seasons – will take over from stand-in driver Cameron Waters, who has covered for the injured Chaz Mostert since the Gold Coast 600.

Waters is himself performing double duties, trying to defend his championship lead in the feeder Dunlop Series, which he leads by 149 points with the final races at Homebush Bay to go.

Prodrive has therefore elected to give Waters the best opportunity to concentrate on his title fight. and appointed Owen in his place to support Mark Winterbottom’s quest to a maiden championship title.

“We always wanted to give Cam the best chance possible at taking home his first Dunlop Series Championship and with Steve already being affiliated with the blue cars it was a good fit,” Prodrive Racing Australia team principal Tim Edwards said.

“He has been with the team for a little while now and he knows the cars and how the team operates. He did a fantastic job at Sandown and Bathurst and even at the Gold Coast alongside Frosty. He did exactly what we needed him to do which was keep the car clean so we know we can be consistent and competitive at Homebush as well.”

Owen has tasted victory already this year, sharing driving duties with Winterbottom en route to winning the Sandown 500 endurance race in September.

“It’s great to be able to help out the team at the Sydney 500,” Owen said of his call-up.

“I know the cars and I know the team well which always helps. I worked with the guys on the other side of the garage in the endurance races, so working with Adam (De Borre) and the car six crew will be a little bit different but also a great experience

“The track is a tricky one, you’ve really got to keep the car clean there because the walls aren’t forgiving but I’ll give it my best go and hopefully get these guys the team’s championship.”

It is expected that Waters will make his full-time V8 Supercars Championship debut in 2016, taking over the #55 Rod Nash Racing-owned Ford Falcon FG X which will be vacated by David Reynolds who is heading to Erebus Motorsport.

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