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Waters closing in on Tickford drought-breaker

CAM Waters’ sustained form has him on the verge of a significant feat for Tickford Racing.

Not since 2016 has Tickford had the top Ford driver in the end-of-year championship standings, on that occasion being Mark Winterbottom in sixth.

While the Campbellfield squad took a slight step back, DJR Team Penske/Dick Johnson Racing has spent the past half-decade leading the Blue Oval charge.

But with two rounds remaining, including this weekend’s Gold Coast 500, Waters is 210 points clear of DJR’s Anton De Pasquale in the battle for second in the championship behind runaway leader Shane van Gisbergen.

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After a poor start to the season for the entire Tickford fleet, Waters has established himself as van Gisbergen’s biggest threat during a 21-race run that has netted 13 podiums.

It’s somewhat reminiscent of the prolonged period where Triple Eight Race Engineering and Tickford (under its various guises) were archenemies.

Tickford fielded the top Ford driver every season from 2011 to 2016.

Mark Winterbottom was the highest placed Ford driver in 2016

“I guess it hasn’t really been something I have thought about to be honest, being the top Ford driver,” Waters, also the 2020 championship runner-up, told V8 Sleuth.

“Obviously it’s what you want to do, you want to be the top Ford team and driver up there and that has been good but at the end of the day it’s still second behind another driver.”

Waters is adamant his team and its #6 Monster Energy crew can do the Ford faithful proud on any given weekend.

“I think we can fly the Ford flag just as good as DJR can,” he said.

“Obviously since 2015 (when Winterbottom won the championship) the team went into a bit of a lull but we have been digging our way out of that.

“The last few years we have been racing for race wins and podiums most races so that has been great.

“I don’t think there is any other Ford team that is a massive amount better than us, if at all.”

The Gold Coast 500 begins today with a pair of practice sessions for the Repco Supercars Championship, the first of which starts at 12:35pm local time (1:35pm AEDT).

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