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Water focused on his own performance

Dan McCarthy

Supercar championship candidate Cameron Waters continues to focus on his own work for the next round in the Hidden Valley as he seeks to close the margin with leader Shane Bangisbergen.

Tickford Racing driver Waters is gaining momentum in Darwin after winning the latest race at Bend Motorsports Park in South Australia.

Hidden Valley was neither Vanguisbergen nor the best circuit of Triple Eight Race Engineering. Both were inconsistent northward, so Kiwi’s final victory will be the 2016 Championship victory season.

But Waters said he’s focusing on his packaging rather than the form of rivals approaching the first race of the supercar five weeks after Bend Motorsport Park.

“I haven’t seen much about how well the competition on a particular track works,” Waters told Auto Action.

“For us, it’s about focusing on our car and what we have to do to maximize it.”

Like Waters, the new Dick Johnson Racing rookie Anton Depasquale won his first win of the season at Bend. Tickford Racing drivers believe Depasquale and former teammate Wildavison will carry their good shape throughout the rest of the season.

“100% DJR is faster there,” Waters said. “They are always pretty strong traditionally in Darwin.

“They will definitely be there, it will be a tough year I think, as they are all year round, but it will be fun.”

Waters showed a strong pace in the second Darwin round last year and was unlucky to miss only one podium after contacting him in the final race with the Jamie Win Cup.

“We had a pretty good round in Darwin 2 last year,” he recalled. “We need to look back on what we did there (last year) and connect it with what we have learned since then.”

Waters has continued its front-running form since last year, establishing a solid position as a serious title candidate. He believes this comes from the team’s 100+ day journey during the COVID period.

“Last year, leaving the road allowed us to work more closely, knuckle down and dig deeper into what we really need,” he said.

“Last year, there were some improvements. It’s not just one, it’s a lot of small things.

“We have a better understanding of our car, what we like and what we want, so we can go to different racetracks and be more consistent.”

With its debut in Winton, Dunlop Super Soft Tires are expected to race for the first time in Darwin Heat, adding even more spice to the event.

“The debut of Supersoft is so hot that it could be like a baptism by fire,” Waters believes.

“I’m looking forward to that aspect of it as it should provide a really good race, a little more focus on strategy and how to play the tires over the weekend.”

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