By MITCH RODD
CAMERON Waters has put his name into the Supercars history books after securing his maiden solo win over the weekend.
The 26-year-old from Mildura took the chequered flag in race three of the OTR SuperSprint at Tailem Bend, South Australia, his first victory since he and Richie Stanaway won the Sandown 500 in 2017.
It was a decisive first-corner move to take him past polesitter Scott McLaughlin that saw Waters rise to the top and remain there for the rest of the race.
The former Australian Formula Ford champion further entrenched himself in third place in the championship standings with just one round remaining, however the title has already been secured by McLaughlin, with Jamie Whincup currently second.
In the 12 races held at Townsville and Tailem Bend over recent weeks, Waters finished in the top five on 10 occasions, which includes the win and another five podium places.
The Tickford Racing star was pumped after returning to the pits post-race.
“The car was awesome, we made it a little bit better between the two races,” he said.
“I just needed to get a good start and I was away.
“The boys did a mega job in the pit stop, I couldn’t have done it without them and to reward all the hard work that they’ve put in is awesome. I’m absolutely pumped.
“I think the Sandown win was still pretty special being my first race win, but today was awesome to be back in the winner’s circle and on my own. I feel like it’s been a long time coming.
“I’ve had a lot of pace this year and a heap of podiums, but just haven’t been able to string it together so it’s good to get the monkey off the shoulders I suppose.”
Waters said there was “no way” he letting McLaughlin beat him to the opening corner of the race.
“I was giving it everything and I got off to an awesome start which really set me up,” he said.
“We had a really fast car and we just had to not make any mistakes from that point.”
The final race of the season is the iconic Bathurst 1000 on October 18, where Waters will team with Will Davison. The Mildura driver said he is full of confidence ahead fo the biggest race of the year.
“At least I know how to win a race again,” he said.
“I guess it’s been a while since last time but we’ve found a really nice spot with the car with set-ups and we’re going to Bathurst where we’re quite strong as well.
“I’m super pumped to go there, really confident and can’t wait to see what ‘Wilbur’ (Davison) and I can do together.”
“We’re third currently and I think there is still more to come from our car and our team.
“I think this off-season will be good for us to regroup and try to improve some of our things that we need to and we’ll come out swinging next year 100 percent.”