Waters secures new multi-year Prodrive deal
- By Stefan Bartholomaeus
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
Cameron Waters has secured a new multi-year deal to remain at Prodrive Racing Australia in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The Melbourne-based Ford team has confirmed a new two-year contract, plus an option, for the 23-year-old.
Waters first joined Prodrive in 2014, winning the Dunlop Super2 Series with the squad the following season before stepping up to the main series last year.
After a rough 2016 that netted just 19th in points, Waters has upped his game this season, currently sitting 10th in the standings after a string of top five results.
“I am really pumped to re-sign with the team,” said Waters.
“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.
“I am also working really well with my engineer Brad (Wischusen). Our relationship is strengthening and we are gradually getting the car to where I need it to be. He has been a key part of my step forward and I am excited to see where we can get to.
“It has also been great to work with Monster Energy. They came onboard when I stepped up and I’ve loved working with them. We went through the tough times last year and now we are getting better results I want to continue working with them well into the future.”
Prodrive’s faith in the youngster has seen it re-sign the driver before locking in a new deal with Monster, which is among a number of sponsors up for renewal.
Team principal Tim Edwards says being able to continue its journey with Waters is a satisfying outcome.
“Cam is another graduate of our very successful Super2 series driver program and seeing him succeed validates what we are doing and encourages us to continue fostering new talent next year and beyond,” he said.
“Like Chaz, 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.”
Prodrive remains yet to announce an extension for Chaz Mostert as it works through its commercial deals, but is also expected to retain the 2014 Bathurst winner.
The team also has Waters’ co-driver, Richie Stanaway on its books. The Kiwi declaring his intention to graduate to a full-time drive next season regardless of whether a seat is available at Prodrive.