It couldn’t have come at a better time, with Tickford to test at Winton on Tuesday; a circuit van Gisbergen hasn’t won at since 2017.
“I’m just thinking about what makes our car faster across a race distance,” Waters said.
“I can qualify already; if you’re fast in the races, that really sets up your weekends.
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“You can be up the front fighting for wins week in week out.
“If we’re doing that, then the championship will look after itself.”
Waters’ involvement in the Race 10 skirmish, which also claimed the scalp of fellow title hopeful Chaz Mostert, saw the #6 Monster Energy Mustang pilot shed 86 points to van Gisbergen in one race alone.
The 2017 Sandown 500 winner also suffered a power steering drama in the Mt Panorama 500 opener, dropping from the lead and coming home 20th.
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Van Gisbergen won the race, his first of six in a row, and gained 105 points over Waters.
In total, across the two races, Waters dropped 191 points, leaving a meagre 73 points left over from van Gisbergen’s current margin.
“We’ve had a little bit of bad luck; Shane hasn’t had much yet,” Waters said.
“Hopefully he has a little bit.
“At the same time, it’s cool to have days like today when you can go head-to head with him and have a really good battle.”
Van Gisbergen brought home the most points across the three Tailem Bend races, despite going winless at the South Australian circuit.
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He hasn’t won in five races, yet heads to his bogey track at Winton 190 points ahead of his closest rival in the standings.