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Enduro Cup offers young stars a taste of the action

By Morgado[/caption] The prospect of seeing young stars like Cameron Waters, Jack Le Brocq, Macauley Jones, and Ant Pedersen get their chance to co-drive with some of the heavyweights of the V8 world has piqued the interest of race fans and betting punters, who are flocking to sites like 32Red to take a look at the latest odds the Sandown race. Bookmakers like William Hill will have to factor in a certain element of the unknown into their odds for the race, which makes it an even more attractive prospect for gamblers, as an untried group of co-drivers get into the cockpit for the first round of the Enduro Cup. Here, we profile three of the young men with the world at their wheels, hoping to make a name for themselves at Sandown. Cameron Waters Currently the record holder for the youngest driver to compete in the Bathurst 1000, Cameron Waters is a young man with real pedigree, and he will need to draw on all the experience of his short career as he partners reigning Bathurst champion Chaz Mostert in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup. The 21-year-old is the cousin of Australian Superbike champion Josh Waters, and his racing career took root back in 2001 when he ascended the ranks of the karting world, claiming national and state championships before moving into Formula Vee in 2009. Since then, he has picked up Rookie of the Year in the Formula Ford Championship, and gained further notoriety when he was named the first winner of the Shannons Supercar Showdown TV series. Waters is held in such high regard throughout the sport that he is hotly touted as being set to make the step up to V8 Supercars, with some suggesting he could be the man to replace David Reynolds at Prodrive Racing. His performance as Mostert’s partner may have a big bearing on what the future holds for this talented youngster. Jack Le Brocq At the age of just 22, Jack Le Brocq is already something of a star in the world of Supercars, with more than 10,000 fans following his burgeoning career on his official Facebook page and many more tracking his progress in the flesh as a former Formula Ford champion, and an accomplished driver in Formula 3, the Australian GT Champioship, and the Dunlop Development Series since 2013. Now, the young Melbourne native, who earns a living as a race mechanic, has been called up to one of the youngest driver line-ups in the V8 Supercars field, and he will partner Erebus Motorsport driver Ash Walsh at the PIRTEK Endurance Cup. Le Brocq is a graduate of the Erebus Academy, and he has driven regularly for the Erebus Motorsport GT team, achieving a podium finish at the Bathurst 12-hour in 2014.

With Walsh only 27 himself, the pair will be pitting youth against the more experienced drivers in the field, but it is credit to Erebus that they are giving promising young drivers a shot at the big time, and Le Brocq could well follow in his new partner’s footsteps and become a full-time V8 driver in the near future. Macauley Jones Teaming up with Dale Wood at Sandown is 21-year-old Macauley Jones. Albury native Jones will co-pilot the #21 GB Galvanizing Commodore, and the youngster will be well aware that the last man to co-pilot Wood last year – Chris Pither – will be racing against him for Wilson Security Racing GRM. The contest between the two young co-pilots will doubtless fuel a competitive race, as Jones aims to prove his worth with a display that trumps Pither’s achievements of last year. The tussle between Jones and Pither will be one that bookmakers lik]]>

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