POLE POSITION AND SOLID POINTS FOR EXEDY’S JACOBSON IN TASMANIA
April 9, 2017: EXEDY-backed Prodrive Racing Australia driver Garry Jacobson has braved treacherous conditions to claim pole position and a top-five finish in the final Super2 series race at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania over the weekend.
The defending series champion started the weekend strongly with pole position at the challenging Symmons Plains Raceway circuit. However, he was excluded from the session after failing to observe red flags. Jacobson recovered in the first race of the weekend on Friday and moved up 13 spots to finish the race in 10th place, highlighting his strong pace in the #1 Ford FG X Falcon.
“The crew has put in a lot of homework between the Clipsal 500 Adelaide and now to start this weekend with a much more competitive car than we had a few weeks ago,” said Jacobson. “I made a mistake and missed a red flag in qualifying and, as motorsport is, the rules are the same for everybody so I'll cop that penalty on the chin. “That meant that 23rd was my starting position but I was able to use the car speed that I had to get up through the field. I just had to make sure I made clean moves and not make our weekend worse by locking up a tyre and taking someone out, that was the main focus. I was happy to finish 10th.”
However, his progress was stalled in the second and third races on Saturday when he was handed a 15-second penalty for contact in wet and wild encounters. He salvaged valuable points with ninth and seventh positions in the races.
“We weren't able to move as far forward as I would have liked but there were a few things against us out there particularly with the first race only being a few laps, so it didn't give us time to move forward as we would have liked. Obviously disappointed to receive the penalty, but the rules are the rules,” said Jacobson.
He managed a top-five finish in the final race of the round on Sunday, despite being spun around by a rival mid-race and having to fight his way back through the pack.
“After race four I'm surprisingly in a good and positive mind-set,” he said. “The results during the weekend weren't really where I think I should have been, but the car speed was definitely fast, whether it was dry or wet, which is the main thing. “I got up the field but then got taken out by (Kurt) Kostecki, so went to the back and then got all of the way back up to fifth, which was my best result of the weekend. “A really great effort from everyone at Prodrive Racing Australia for giving me a top car.”
Jacobson took seventh for the round and currently sits in seventh place in the Super2 championship standings, 226 points adrift of the leader Paul Dumbrell. Jacobson is next in action at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on April 21 to 23.