Prodrive Racing Australia’s Cameron Waters hit the track at Winton Motor Raceway today for his final rookie test of the year.
The test was postponed yesterday due to wet weather, but went ahead smoothly today. Waters said it was the perfect day, approximately 30 degrees with no clouds in the sky.
The 22-year-old racer said it was good to be back on-track cutting some more laps.
While learning new things and gaining feedback from the team was valuable, Waters emphasised having to rediscover new things next year at the pre-season test on the new tyre construction.
“We got a direction but will probably have to do it all again next year when the new tyre comes on but it was still good to get feedback and for me to do more laps, “Waters told Supercars.com.
“It’s really hard to know what will and what won’t work with the new tyre until we run on it and we will soon work it out.
“I was really happy with how it all went. We just tried a few things we haven’t really had the chance to try and worked on things we have been lacking on through the year”.
Waters mentioned he did not run a cool suit for the test, despite it being a hot summer day.
“It’s good to do a day like that, I guess you could say you’re getting race fit but you’re going in for a three-month holiday anyway,” Waters said.
“I was just absolutely buggered by the end of it.”
The 2016 Mike Kable Young Gun recipient highlighted his final run for the year in his #6 Monster Energy Falcon to be helpful in building improvement for 2017.
“We learnt a lot about our problems this year and how we can fix them and we can take that into next year, put the new tyre on and see where we are”.
Waters emphasised the rookie tests are necessary and extremely helpful for rookie drivers in learning and development.
Teams are permitted three additional test days for the sole purpose of testing and practice for a rookie driver.
Today marked the final “rookie” test for Waters as he embarks on 2017 with a year of main game experience behind him.
The young racer finished the championship in 19th position and says he will take what he’s learnt and build on it next year.