What a difference three months makes.
When the Supercars championship was last on track in June, Ford’s Cam Waters was flying high.
The Tickford Racing star had snatched two wins from three races on the streets of Townsville to lie best-of-the-rest behind Red Bull Ampol Racing duo Shane Van Gisbergen and Jamie Whincup in the championship standings.
That was over 100 days ago and the return from that COVID-enforced hiatus couldn’t have been more different for Waters and teammates James Courtney and Jack Le Brocq.
After two 13th-place finishes in the first two races at the Sydney SuperNight event, Waters finished sixth in Sunday’s third race at Sydney Motorsport Park.
That improvement is something for Waters to hang onto ahead of a return to the venue this weekend for the second of four consecutive events before the season-ending Bathurst 1000 next month.
“Obviously sixth isn’t where we want to be, but a lot better than where we were the last two races,” Waters told Fox Sports.
“We threw some big stuff at it in that race and it’s starting to feel like it’s old self again, which is nice.
“Feel like we’ve got something to work with now.”
Waters’ bad weekend means he’s slipped from third to fifth on the championship ladder with Shell V-Power’s Will Davison and Walkinshaw Andretti United’s Chaz Mostert overtaking him.
To push back into the championship’s top three, Waters knows he needs to take whatever positive he can from Sunday’s final race into the next event and move on.
“That was definitely a step forward, which was nice,” he said.
“We’ll put all the info in a pot and work out what it means and we’ll come back next week and definitely bounce back.”