Waters signs as co-driver at Team Jeld-Wen

Jack Perkins will be joined by Cameron Waters in the Pirtek Endurance Cup races

Jack Perkins will be joined by Cameron Waters in the Pirtek Endurance Cup races

Emerging Dunlop Series talent Cameron Waters will combine with Jack Perkins in the suite of Pirtek Endurance Cup races later this year.

Waters has joined FPR this year in its return to the Dunlop Series having competed in the class with Kelly Racing and Minda Motorsport over the last two years.

The 19-year-old made an impressive start to his FPR career on Friday, taking pole and finishing second in Race 1.

This year’s Bathurst will mark the youngster’s third start in the Great Race at Mount Panorama.

The 2011 Australian Formula Ford champion made his V8 Supercars debut after winning the inaugural Shannons Supercar Showdown in the same year.

“What a weekend. I’ve made my debut for FPR in the Development Series, taking pole position and a podium, and to then be announcing that I’ll be racing alongside Jack Perkins in the Team Jeld–Wen Ford is unbelievable,” Waters said.

“It’s so great to be able to lock this in early in the year, so I can maximise my time in co-driver sessions and test days.

 “Now I’m going to focus on doing my best in the DVS, getting plenty of miles under my belt and being at my absolute best at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast 600 for Team JELD-WEN.”

Perkins, who is returning to a full-time drive this season after a long absence, has welcomed the partnership with the 19-year-old.

“Cam is a great young guy, and has already proven at Clipsal this weekend that he’s one of the fastest guys in the DVS,” Perkins said.

“The fact that, at only 19 years of age, he has already raced in the Bathurst 1000 twice is fantastic. He knows what the race is about, and understands what is required to get to the finish line.

 “I was only just making my debut at Bathurst at his age, so he’s got some great experience. I’m looking forward to working with him throughout the year, and honing our partnership ahead of the start of the endurance series at Sandown in September.”

 Team Jeld-Wen owner Charlie Schwerkolt expressed his pleasure at signing the talented youngster.

 “Cam and Jack have struck up a great friendship, and have a very similar driving style, so we’re really looking forward to some great results in the endurance races later this year,” Schwerkolt said.

Waters completes FPR’s endurance line-up, with the team expected to field Mark Winterbottom/Steve Owen, Chaz Mostert/Paul Morris and David Reynolds/Dean Canto in its three other entries.

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