EXEDY’S JACOBSON CLIMBS UP THE STANDINGS IN SYDNEY
EXEDY-backed racer Garry Jacobson scored top-five finishes across the four Super2 Series races in the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park at the weekend.
The reigning Super2 Series champion topped the field in qualifying for a confidence-boosting pole position, though he struggled with wheel-spin off the start of the first race and dropped to ninth place. He set about regaining places and climbed to fifth place by the end of the race to get back up amongst the contenders.
The Prodrive Racing Australia team replaced the clutch on Jacobson’s Falcon to help with race starts. Jacobson again climbed through the field to take third place in the second race of the weekend.
However, a grid penalty for a technical infringement meant he would have to fight back again to the leading pack in the third race. And despite a tangle with Will Brown in some wild racing, Jacobson finished in fifth place. “We had cleaner starts all round today which helped but I still had a fight on my hands,” said Jacobson.
“We had a great battle with Richie (Stanaway) in the opening race and while we had a penalty for the second race, we were still in the mix and will keep chipping away.”
The string of top-five finishes left Jacobson in contention for a podium placing across the round heading into the fourth and final race of the weekend. He was one of the fastest cars on track and raced up to third place, but narrowly missed the round podium.
“It was a better race all round today and while I missed the podium for the weekend we had our most consistent and trouble-free weekend for a while,” said Jacobson.
“I now switch to double-duties running Super2 and the main series at Sandown but I am looking forward to the challenge.”
The Sydney points haul means Jacobson has climbed to fifth place in the Super2 Series championship standings, 405 points adrift of leader Todd Hazelwood.
The next event on the Super2 Series schedule is at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 at Sandown International Raceway on September 15 to 17. Jacobson will also make his Supercars main-game debut at the event, joining Jason Bright in the #56 Prodrive Racing Australia entry for the Pirtek Endurance Cup.