Team JELD-WEN has announced Ford Performance Racing Dunlop Series driver Cameron Waters will join Jack Perkins for its Pirtek Enduro Cup campaign.
Waters has got his first season off to a strong start in the factory-prepared Team ENZED FPR Ford claiming pole and finishing second in the opening race as the team looks to take its first development series crown.
Waters finished 10th in last year’s Dunlop Series and is well-credentialed after claiming both the Australian Formula Ford title and the maiden season of the Shannons Supercar Showdown in 2011.
The factory-Ford newcomer also has experience in the V8 Supercars main game endurance race having already raced twice in the Bathurst 1000km Bathurst classic, debuting after winning the inaugural Shannons Supercar Showdown. He competed again the following year alongside 2012 Showdown winner Jesse Dixon.
Waters is excited about being given the opportunity to again compete at the Bathurst 1000.
“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
“2014 is proving to be a spectacular year! 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 is very happy to be partnered with the fast 19-year-old for his Pirtek Endurance Cup challenge.
“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. The fact that, at only 19 years of age, he has already raced in the Bathurst 1000 twice is fantastic,” said Perkins.
“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.
“Being able to secure Cam is a real boon for us at Team JELD-WEN. 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.