A STORMING drive to second place in the 250km Dunlop Supercar Series race at Bathurst’s Mount Panorama at the weekend, has enabled Prodrive Racing Australia FG-X Falcon driver, Garry Jacobson to substantially extend his championship lead with just one round remaining.
The Mount Panorama podium finish has capped off a superb Bathurst round for the 24 year old Shepparton based Supercar driver. He set the pace to beat during practice, set a new record qualifying pace on his way to his maiden Bathurst pole position and raced to second place after a challenging 41 lap race which was won by Paul Dumbrell.
After getting off to a slow start from the front row, Jacobson set about re-claiming track position during the opening laps, engaging in fierce side by side battles with several competitors including his PRA team mate and title rival, Jack Le Brocq. A major crash by Dunlop Series rookie, Jack Smith saw Jacobson take an early fuel stop, taking full advantage of the ensuing Safety Car period. Jacobson reeled off a series of fast laps before making a second stop later in the race, the team strategy positioning him within reach of the top five. He spent the remainder of the race making up positions with a number of commanding overtaking moves, running out of race laps while in second place, finishing 11 seconds behind race winner Dumbrell.
With his team mate, LeBrocq finishing seventh, Jacobson’s fifth podium result of his breakthrough 2016 season has given him a 151 point lead in the Dunlop Supercar Series title fight. This has set up a thrilling title decider to be held at Sydney Olympic Park final in December.
It wasn’t an easy race by any means according to Jacobson. “I struggled from the start as I was one tyre short after having flat spotted one in qualifying so we had to use one from practice. That really had an effect on the car’s balance,” Jacobson said.
“After the first stop I was really enjoying the race, it was all about gaining track position and thanks to the great work by my engineer Dave Paterson and the team in the pits, we were able to race up to second place. I am in a good position heading into the final round but I will only believe that I have won the title when I actually do it. My team has given me a great car all season so I am sure that Sydney will be no different.”
Jacobson competes in the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series thanks to the valued support of sponsors MGA Insurance, Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care.