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Jacobson revs into debut Bathurst race

David Lee October 18, 2017
BATHURST FIRST… Local racing superstar, Garry Jacobson has finished in position eight at the Bathurst 1000. Photo: Supplied.

BATHURST FIRST… Local racing superstar, Garry Jacobson has finished in position eight at the Bathurst 1000. Photo: Supplied.

LOCAL racing superstar, Garry Jacobson has shined as a Supercars Championship Endurance Co-Driver at the Bathurst 1000, after racing the majority of laps for Mega Fuels Racing in the treacherous wet conditions.

Jacobson began the Bathurst 1000 weekend on a high, finishing in position 10 against a series of experienced Supercars Co-Drivers in his first practice session

Bright later finished in position nine in qualifying, and moved into position eight in the Top Ten Shootout the following day.

Jacobson’s first Bathurst Supercars Race was highlighted by a starring drive in wet conditions where he powered into the lead for two laps in his first stint.

Prodrive elected to run Jacobson for more laps than most of the other endurance drivers, with Bright doing fewer laps than the reigning Super2 champion.

Jacobson’s skilled driving in the wet was applauded by many in pit lane, as he kept the car on-track and in contention for a podium for his stints in the 161 Lap Race.

The #56 MEGA Fuels entry was the highest placed Prodrive-run Ford FG X at the end of the day, with Bright crossing the line to give the duo a position eight result after seven hours and 15 minutes of racing. Jacobson and Bright are now sitting 14th in the Pirtek Enduro Cup Standings.

Jacobson said, “I feel great. A top 10 on your debut at Bathurst is something to be proud of.

“The first stint was just absolute great fun. I think Brighty did a really good job all weekend just keeping me calm and settled, and just helped me think clear and do what I needed to do.

“Massive thanks to Prodrive for sticking with me. I was disappointed with my effort at Sandown, but when I got out of the car and got a good cheer after that first stint it was great to be able to give back a good result and a smile to the team.”

Jacobson will now prepare for the final round of the Endruo Pirtek Cup at the Gold Coast 600 on October 20 to 22.