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Waters still gunning for Supercars title

A QUARTER of the way through what was tipped to be the most open Supercars title race yet, Cam Waters is 388 points off the series lead.

But the Tickford Racing star has not lost hope just yet.

With Shane van Gisbergen joining Scott McLaughlin in chasing the American dream, and Brodie Kostecki initially sidelined, many had tipped Waters and his streamlined Tickford team to pounce.

What has followed? A challenging Bathurst season-opener, and then strong pace undone by poor luck at Albert Park and Taupō.

So, Waters is 15th in the standings entering this weekend’s Perth SuperSprint, but still optimistic of pulling himself back into championship contention.

“I look back to when Shane won some of those years and he had massive points gains, over me that one year,” he explained via the latest episode of Scott Pye’s Apex Hunters United podcast.

“It’s been a pretty average start and I’m a fair way behind but we’ve got one-lap speed and we’re trying a fair few things and I feel like we’re so close to unlocking a bit of car speed.”

While there’s yet to be confirmation of a mooted NASCAR Cup Series debut with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, Waters disclosed a desire to one day move Stateside on a full-time basis – but not necessarily right now.

“I’d love to go over there full-time, but at the same time I’m kind of liking what I’m doing now, like doing the Supercars and then doing the odd race over there and a bit of sprintcar stuff, it’s a cool balance,” he said.

“It’s actually helping me come home refreshed.”

Waters’ NASCAR experience thus far amounts to a pair of recent Truck Series races.

Those have come with ThorSport Racing, whose Ohio facility blew Waters away – despite them only competing in the third-tier Truck Series.

“Tickford is probably one of the biggest Supercar facilities, and ThorSport would probably be four times the size of Tickford,” said the Mildura product.

Wanneroo Raceway, the site of this weekend’s Supercars action, was where Waters broke through for his maiden main game pole position in 2016.

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