3 Oct 2011

17-year-old to driver to make Bathurst debut

7:50 am on 3 October 2011

A teenager still on his `L' plates is set to become the youngest driver ever at the V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000.

17-year-old Cameron Waters, who is still a learner driver on the roads, has won a seat in next weekend's prestigious V8 Supercar race via a reality television show.

He will partner television personality Grant Denyer in next Sunday's race around one of the famous circuit.

Three days later, he will go for his provisional driver's licence on the road.

At 17 years and 67 days on race day, he will be eight days younger than the previous Bathurst baby - current V8 regular Paul Dumbrell - when he debuted in the 1999 race.

Waters, from Mildura in Victoria, is an experienced motor racing driver.

He currently leads the Australian Formula Ford championship and has years of experience driving go-karts and open-wheelers.

Waters was selected by V8 Supercar team Kelly Racing to drive one of their Holdens from the Seven Digital television program Shannons Supercar Showdown, in which 10 drivers competed for a shot at competing at Bathurst.

Kelly Racing co-owner Rick Kelly, himself a V8 Supercar driver and Bathurst's youngest ever winner, defended the decision to throw the teenager into the testing race.