EXEDY’S Jacobson scores pole and top 10s at Sandown.
EXEDY-backed racer Garry Jacobson put in impressive performances in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Dunlop Super2 Series while on double duty at the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 in the outskirts of Melbourne, Victoria, across the weekend.
In the Dunlop Super2 Series aboard his Matt White Motorsport-prepared Nissan Altima, Jacobson qualified on the front row for the first race and was battling for the lead in damp conditions when he tangled with an opponent.
Jacobson was judged to have caused the incident, receiving a 15-second penalty. A late safety car robbed him of any chance of regaining the time he needed, dropping him down to 18th place.
The EXEDY racer regrouped and scored pole position for the second Dunlop Super2 Series race of the weekend, setting a lap record in the process. But a minor infraction with a competitor saw Jacobson docked three positions and relegated to fourth on the grid.
Jacobson was amongst the leading contenders in a tense battle for the lead, crossing the line in fifth place.
“Overall I felt like I was driving pretty good,” reflected Jacobson.
“It’s just that there were a couple of racing incidents and external factors which hampered our progress.
“My car speed was really good; started off the front row, only a few tenths in it to decide pole, so were just as good as the fastest car on the track. Then in the race I felt like I was again the fastest car and broke the lap record, so I was really happy with that. There’s a lot of positives to draw out of that race.”
Jacobson then joined Nissan Motorsport to co-drive with Rick Kelly in the RABBLE. club Sandown 500. After starting in 16th place following action-packed qualifying races, Jacobson gained nine places in his opening two stints to vault Kelly into the top 10 with the Altima finishing in eighth place.
“Being able to work with the Nissan Motorsport team and Rick has been such a good experience for me,” said Jacobson.
“All the Super2 preparation has given me a lot of confidence. Watching the way Rick handled himself, the way he saved fuel, there’s still a lot for me to learn. I’m quite excited about working with the team and Rick; we’ve got a lot of potential.
“I think the first time driving with Nissan Motorsport has been a success. I just felt really, really good in the Castrol Nissan car and we were racing against the front pack guys, so I’m really happy with the eighth-place finish.”
The next event on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and Dunlop Super2 Series schedule is the big one, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama Circuit on October 4 to 7. The Dunlop Super2 Series will battle it out in a 250km on the Saturday of the event ahead of the 1000km endurance classic on the Sunday.