Waters, Stanaway eyeing redemption at Gold Coast

Waters, Stanaway eyeing redemption at Gold Coast
October 17, 2017 | 6:19 pm | Author: Steven Wright

The Monster Energy-backed drivers Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway are aiming to redeem themselves after a very disappointing Bathurst result, with victories at the beachfront circuit this weekend.

For the second consecutive round, the Waters/Stanaway pairing looked to be set for a certain victory until late-race strategy put them deep in the field before the collision between Mostert and Tander saw Waters being involved.

Waters and Stanaway saw them to pit to repair rear-damage and finish 16th, 2 laps down.

“We’ve had pretty good pace at the past few races, so we’ll look to keep that up,” Waters said.

“We’re also second in the Enduro Cup, so we’ll go in and give it a red hot crack and see if we can win that. The Gold Coast track is challenging, there’s no room for mistakes so it’s very much risk versus reward, but I think Richie and I have nailed those situations pretty well, so if we can keep it straight we’ll be in for a good result.”

With weather expecting in Surfers Paradise this weekend, which will see a high chance of wet-weather racing for another endurance race.

“It looks like it might rain as well, which would make a tough track even tougher, but we’ve been strong in the wet at Sandown and Bathurst, so either way it should be a good event for us,” he added.

Stanaway was disappointed with the result he got at Bathurst after leading the majority of the race, but knows he has a strong chance collecting the Pirtek Endurance Cup this weekend.

“With the way things turned out at Bathurst, I’m glad we have another race to get over the disappointment,” Stanaway said.

“We’ve still got a shot at the Enduro Cup, so there’s plenty to play for. Gold Coast is tricky because of all the kerbs and tight streets.”

“There’s no runoff and hardly any time to rest, so we’ll be full on all weekend, but we should be really competitive again, so we’ll go for it and see if we can get another top result.”

Sandown 500 winners Cameron Waters and Richie Stanaway sit tied for second in the Pirtek Enduro Cup standings heading into the final of the three-event championship, 66 points out of the lead and knotted with teammate Chaz Mostert and co-driver Steve Owen.

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