Not over till it is over: Waters nonetheless harbours title hopes
Cameron Waters nonetheless has one eye on profitable this 12 months’s championship after profitable two races on the WD-40 Townsville SuperSprint.
Waters received Race 17 and 19 on the Reid Park Avenue Circuit, headlined by a stirring efficiency to disclaim Shane van Gisbergen on Sunday.
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The Tickford Racing driver climbed from fifth to 3rd throughout the course of the weekend, and is 136 factors behind second-placed Jamie Whincup.
Nonetheless, after ending eleventh in Race 18, which was received by van Gisbergen, the hole to the collection lead is 412 factors.
Regardless, ought to Tickford Racing proceed to roll out a profitable package deal, Waters believes he’ll be within the battle till the very finish.
“I assume, final week we actually struggled,” he mentioned after the race.
“I simply instructed the boys, ‘Let’s throw a bit at it, as a result of we’re not going to maneuver ahead and we’re not going to win the factor if we maintain doing what we’re doing’.
“It’s an enormous credit score for them to offer me one thing to race with, which is superior.
“Clearly, we don’t need to discuss championship, it’s nonetheless early-ish, and Shane’s a great distance down the highway.
“So our focus was on getting a automobile that’s able to profitable, week in, week out.
“That’s what our focus needs to be and final 12 months; Jamie [Whincup] had a good bit of unhealthy luck at Bathurst and obtained me second, so the championship isn’t over till the very finish.
“However our focus is on a quick automobile in the intervening time.”
Waters alluded to Whincup’s race-ending accident finally 12 months’s Bathurst 1000, which helped the Tickford driver seal second within the standings.
After Purple Bull Ampol Racing dominated final weekend, Waters and Tickford returned with aplomb on the similar venue.
Waters and Tickford outsmarted Anton De Pasquale and Shell V-Energy Racing Group on Saturday, earlier than doing the identical to the #97 crew on Sunday.
He had a slice of luck, with Waters managing to beat the Security Automotive earlier than regaining the lead after his cease.
It arrange an exciting dash to the tip, with Waters repeating his Race 11 efforts at The Bend to carry out van Gisbergen.
“I don’t actually understand how I ended up in entrance of him after the pit cease,” he mentioned.
“I believe my guys pulled out a fairly good cease and unsure if he obtained caught behind the Security Automotive or not.
“However, simply to go lap after lap, head-to-head with Shane, we had a lot enjoyable doing that and fortuitously I got here out on high.”
It virtually amounted to nothing after van Gisbergen caught him napping at Flip 13 on lap 5.
Nonetheless, classes discovered ensured Waters wouldn’t be as accomodating within the closing laps as van Gisbergen tried to grab the lead away once more.
“I used to be a bit stunned by [the overtake],” he mentioned.
“In any other case, I’d have blocked a bit greater than I clearly did… I left the door huge open… however I assumed I had a large enough hole to him to not need to defend, and it caught me off-guard.
“However, the race wasn’t over from that time… I simply stored taking care of the tyre as I used to be doing, and obtained on with it.”