Monday, December 18, 2017
SPORT---Jacobson-Update

Jacobson in seventh following Phillip Island races

David Lee May 3, 2017
RACING LEGEND… Local racing legend, Garry Jacobson is sitting in 7th position after a thrilling weekend of races at Phillip Island. Photo: Supplied.

RACING LEGEND… Local racing legend, Garry Jacobson is sitting in 7th position after a thrilling weekend of races at Phillip Island. Photo: Supplied.

JACOBSON had a stellar start to the weekend during the 2017 Super2 Series at Phillip Island, only missing out on position one in practice by half a tenth of a second and reaching the front row for qualifying while fighting understeer.

The local driver started in position two, and continued to close the gap on Le Brocq before overtaking him for the lead.

Jacobson was ecstatic to be able to give back to his family, sponsors and team after a tough start to his season.

Saturday’s first race was tough for Jacobson, who started in position after his Friday win but was let down by a tyre failure.

Jacobson’s right rear tyre let go down the main straight while driving at 270km/h, sending him off the circuit into the gravel trap.

Thankful to avoid any injury or severe damage, Jacobson finished with a ‘Did Not Finish’ result.

The Prodrive Racing Team was able to repair Jacobson’s Falcon FGX before Saturday’s second race.

Starting from position 23, Jacobson had a good start to the race, but let off towards the end after feeling some vibrations in the car.

Jacobson completed the race in position eight, passing 15 cars throughout the race.

After making significant changes to the car setup overnight, Jacobson was able to advance through the field to finish the final race in position five.

Remaining in seventh place in the championship standings, Jacobson believes there is plenty to take from Sunday’s final race leading into the rest of the Super2 Series.

Jacobson said, “The setup direction that we went with on Sunday, I felt was much more competitive in terms of hanging onto tyres. To wrap up the weekend with one race win and a consistent front row qualifying result as well after ‘Tassie,’ I think we’re in a good position and learnt a lot this weekend.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do now for Townsville for our next Super2 round but with what we’ve learnt from the last three rounds, I think we can be more competitive at a street circuit.”

Jacobson will now have a lengthy break before round four of the Super2 Series, at the Townsville 400 from July 7 to 9.