Waters wins Supercars finale in Townsville
Cameron Waters has bagged his fifth Supercars career victory and rained on Red Bull's north Queensland parade, taking out the final race of the Townsville Supersprint on Sunday.
Starting on pole after edging this season's juggernaut Shane van Gisbergen in qualifying, Waters dealt his championship rival a dose of his own medicine as he brushed off a series of tactical manoeuvres in the final 15 laps of the race.
Waters and his team at Monster Energy Racing kept the driver out when the safety car was deployed on lap 19 after Macauley Jones' crash, which played heavily in his favour.
The 26-year-old passed the start/finish line before the safety car hit the track, making up time as the majority of the field entered the pits.
He then returned to the track in first place ahead of Will Davison and van Gisbergen, before the race continued with 15 laps remaining.
Van Gisbergen tried every trick in his book to pass the leader, but Waters shut the gate on his hopes for a Sunday double.
"Had an absolute mega battle with him (van Gisbergen), which was cool. It was awesome to get one on him and win the race," Waters said.
"I had a few more (tricks) up my sleeve but it's awesome racing Shane, he's so good at race craft ... there's always a bit of respect there.
"We were side by side going into turn two, giving each other shakas (hang loose signals), having a bit of fun with it. So yeah, really, really cool race."
Falling just short of another Red Bull win, van Gisbergen says he enjoyed the battle over the 100km sprint.
"We put it all in the right spots and down the straight, I was giving him the thumbs up, I really enjoyed it," van Gisbergen said.
"Would have loved to have won - got a little bit unlucky with the safety car but that's the way it goes."
Earlier in the day, Red Bull Ampol Racing claimed another one-two finish with van Gisbergen prevailing from teammate Jamie Whincup for his 11th Supercars win of the season.
It was Bulls on parade as the pair started on the front row and van Gisbergen delivered his own defensive driving masterclass, holding off sustained pressure, bumps and overtaking attempts by his teammate.
Whincup had a prime opportunity on lap 25 with a beautiful racing move before the straight, leaving the cars side by side at 260mkm/h towards turn two - but van Gisbergen blocked him off and held on to see out the race.
Red Bull's engineers were at odds with 10 laps remaining, debating whether to let Whincup pass as the team worried about blocking penalties by race officials.
But van Gisbergen streaked away from there and held on to claim his 51st career win after an exciting battle.
Repco Supercars Race 19 Results:
1. Cameron Waters (Monster Energy Racing)
2. Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Ampol Racing)
3. Will Davison (Shell V-Power Racing)
4. Todd Hazelwood (Brad Jones Racing)
5. Anton De Pasquale (Shell V-Power Racing)
Repco Supercars Championship standings:
1. Shane van Gisbergen (Red Bull Ampol Racing) 1926 pts
2. Jamie Whincup (Red Bull Ampol Racing) 1650 pts
3. Cameron Waters (Monster Energy Racing) 1514 pts
4. Chaz Mostert (Mobil 1 Appliances Online) 1506 pts
5. Will Davison (Shell V-Power Racing) 1505 pts.
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