Cam Waters will remain with Prodrive Racing Australia until at least the end of the 2019 Australian Supercars Championship season after signing a two-year contract extension with the championship-winning outfit.
A protégé of Prodrive’s development pathway, the 23-year-old won the feeder Super2 Championship title with Prodrive in 2015. He had already served as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver for Prodrive in 2014 and graduated to solo driving duties as a temporary replacement for Chaz Mostert after he was injured in qualifying at the Bathurst 1000.
He earned a full-time race seat with Prodrive in 2016, claiming pole position at Barbagallo Raceway, but good results proved scarce and he finished 19th overall in the Drivers’ Championship standings.
His sophomore season has proven to be much more successful. Currently sitting tenth in the championship standings, he has ten top-ten finishes to his credit in the 18 races to-date.
It was this improved form that triggered his contract renewal, according Prodrive Racing team principal Tim Edwards.
“Cam is another graduate of our very successful Super2 series driver programme and seeing him succeed validates what we are doing and encourages us to continue fostering new talent next year and beyond,” Edwards said.
“Like Chaz [Mostert], he has grown up with the team and while he suffered a tough rookie year last year, that only served to motivate him further. The work he has put in, in and out of the car since has been a real credit to him and ultimately has led to the new deal.
“He is a much more polished athlete all round this year and it is largely down to Cam realising the areas he needed to improve and going out and working with the right people to help him make the necessary improvements.
“We expect Cam to continue to make inroads in all areas of being a professional racing driver. He has a great sponsor in Monster Energy, a strong support network and everyone at the team really enjoys working with him so we are looking forward to a very bright future together.”
“I am really pumped to re-sign with the team,” Waters added.
“In the last four years we’ve won a title together, stepped up to the main series, and although it was tough last year, we’ve made the most of it this year and built a platform for the years ahead.
“It is also good to get the deal done nice and early and lock it away. It shows the strength of the relationship. The new deal confirms the team like how I am performing and we all plan to keep moving forward together and getting a few wins is definitely on the cards.”
The four-car Prodrive Racing stable has three of its seats confirmed for the 2018 championship, with Waters set to partner teammate Mark Winterbottom for a third season. Mostert is reportedly under contract to drive the team’s #55 Ford Falcon raced under Rod Nash Racing’s entry, while the driver of its fourth car – operated and driven by series veteran Jason Bright – is yet to be confirmed.
The team is also actively pursuing options to secure a full-time drive for former Formula 1 hopeful Richie Stanaway. Having impressed as a Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver with the Prodrive-run Super Black Racing team last year, the New Zealander strengthened his credentials for a solo berth with an impressive win on his Super2 debut at Sydney Motorsport Park last weekend.
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