Waters having 'crazy fun' in Sprint Car development

  • Repco Supercars Championship
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  • 29/04/2021
  • By Charlie Bullis

Tickford Racing driver Cameron Waters has opened up on the benefits of his Sprint Car racing efforts, admitting the dirt-track discipline might see him compete overseas.

Waters returned to speedway racing in January 2021, and has completed nine races in between Repco Supercars Championship events.

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In April, Waters recorded his career-best results in his hometown of Mildura, qualifying sixth and finishing second and seventh in two heat races.

Speaking about his reasons for crossing disciplines, Waters told Supercars.com: "I’m having so much fun doing it, part of it is doing it for fun and the other part is to learn a new discipline.

“I thought they weren’t going to be as hard as they were. They are quite challenging to drive, but I’m picking it up relatively quickly.

“Every time you go on the track it's different; the grip is in a different spot, so you’ve got to drive it in a different way and you’ve got to adapt so fast.

“It makes you think outside the square that’s why I’m loving it so much at the moment. Any time you get to drive an 800-horsepower race car, it’s going to be a fun time.”

The Monster Energy Mustang driver, who claimed his maiden solo Supercars win last year at The Bend, is already a national speedway title winner.

In 2017, Waters took out the National Modified Sedan Title at Horsham in regional Victoria in a 400bhp Ford Falcon BA.

Enjoying learning a new area of motorsport, Waters admitted there are many skills he can use when stepping back into his Mustang Supercar.

“Sprint Cars are so raw and violent and you have to be so smooth to go fast,” he said.

“I think if you can be smooth in a Sprint Car, which is throwing you around so violently, it’s only going to help you be smoother in a Supercar.

“It’s crazy how much fun I’m having doing it; I’ve done other forms of speedway but it’s a different way of learning and the challenge is really cool.

“I’m enjoying having the challenge of learning a new car. I’ve done eight or nine races now and starting to make A-Mains now which is cool.”

Waters on track in Mildura. Pic: Ray Ritter Photography

Reaping the rewards of cross-discipline racing, Waters joins other Supercar stars stepping into different vehicles to hone their skills.

Championship leader Shane van Gisbergen competes in a wide range of machinery from GT and production cars to racing open-wheelers in New Zealand.

Admitting the new experience is "crazy fun", Waters didn’t rule out competing overseas in the future.

“It’s something I will continue doing for the next few years and you never know, maybe go to America and go racing over there,” he said.

“The Sprint Car is a good opportunity to race over there, but my focus right now is on Supercars.

“I’m trying to win a championship here and keep the Sprint Car stuff ticking over in the background.”

WATCH: WATERS TAKES TO THE DIRT

Waters heads to next weekend’s OTR SuperSprint 202 points adrift of championship leader van Gisbergen.

The Ford driver has recorded three podium finishes and three pole positions across the Mount Panorama, Sandown and Tasmania events.

The Repco Supercars Championship field will return to The Bend Motorsport Park for the OTR SuperSprint across May 7-9. Tickets are on sale now.

The event will be broadcast live on Foxtel and will be streamed on Kayo with highlights on 7 and 7 Plus.

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