The 26-year-old’s performance in Sunday’s finale also caught the attention of Murphy, who lauded Waters for playing the long game.
"It was interesting Cam knew early in the race he was under pressure, and he didn’t put up a massive fight for Shane early in the piece," Murphy explained.
"That’s where often people make the wrong decision, they fight, and it slows them down so much that it's detrimental to them later in the race.
"Shane is a master at looking after tyres, and a master at forcing people into mistakes, he’s relentless.
"It was so cool to see Cam in that position at the end of the race on Sunday, to be able to be defensive but still have the speed and capacity to wear down Shane, wear down number 97's tyres and control the race until the end.
"A stellar performance and proper car race.
"You could see Shane was thankful to be a part of that race and the dice that can still put a smile on his face, even though he didn’t win."