March 5, 2017: EXEDY-backed Prodrive Racing Australia driver Garry Jacobson’s Super2 championship defence has begun with a top-10 finish at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide in South Australia.

Jacobson qualified for the opening race of the event at the punishing street circuit in fourth place and as the fastest Ford FG X Falcon in the competitive second-tier Supercars series.

In the opening race of the event on Friday, Jacobson ran up front and was battling away with veteran Andrew Jones. But a tangle knocked off the balance with his car and saw the defending champ drop down to 11th place.

Jacobson made up ground in race two on Saturday, moving from 11th to seventh in a drama-filled race and despite trying to find a better balance with his car.

The EXEDY racer’s charge didn’t continue in the third and final race on Sunday, where a start-line accident involving teammate Josh Kean limited running with Jacobson battling Jack Perkins to maintain seventh in the race and seventh overall for the round. It leaves Jacobson in seventh position in the Super2 championship standings at the conclusion of the first round.

The car has changed quite a bit over the off-season, so there have been a few things to get used to out there,” said Jacobson.

We made a couple of improvements, which was good. I'm still not quite where I need to be in this car at the moment.

We've just been focussing on trying to improve a bit of my data with my driving and trying to make the car handle a little bit better to allow me to do my job. To be going forward from the first race was a positive but still a bit to go.

Jacobson is next in action at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on April 7 to 9
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