EXEDY RACER GARRY JACOBSON IS THE 2016 DUNLOP SUPERCAR SERIES CHAMPION
EXEDY Australia sponsored Prodrive Racing Australia (PRA) FG-X Falcon driver Garry Jacobson has raced to his first Dunlop Supercars Championship Series title after gaining two fifth places at the seventh and final round held at the Sydney Olympic Park street circuit over the weekend.
The 24 year old racer from Shepparton (VIC) was ecstatic to finally achieve this career goal in his third Dunlop Series season. Jacobson scored four race wins, three overall round victories and six pole positions during the season, providing the PRA team with back to back Dunlop Supercar Series titles.
“It's an absolutely amazing feeling to win the Dunlop Supercar Series Championship. I can't thank all of my sponsors, family, friends and the team enough. I'm really proud that they've been with me for this journey and that we've been able to achieve this,” Jacobson said. “I've learned so much this year being with this team. Being involved with PRA for the first time and racing against Jack Le Brocq toe to toe, always pushing me outside of my comfort zone was a wonderful opportunity to learn and I am really happy with the results. While I was racing conservatively to win the championship, gaining the final pole position of the season was very satisfying - a great way to cap off a hard fought and very fast paced season,” He added.
Sunday’s drama filled 17 lap race saw Le Brocq and GRM’s James Golding set off on strong starts, but a major accident on the opening lap involving Anton De Pasquale, Macauley Jones, Kurt Kostecki, Matt Chahda and Adam Marjoram caused a lengthy safety car caution period. Once the race was re-stared, the EXEDY ambassador maintained a strong and consistent pace to race to hold off the advances from Jones, securing a top five finish. The Sydney showdown started strongly for Jacobson, setting the fastest lap of Friday’s opening practice session around the 3.4km street circuit. After making some set-up changes for the second practice session aimed towards achieving a strong race car, the focus was then directed to Saturday morning’s short 15 minute qualifying session. Jacobson set the third fastest lap of that session, giving him a second row start.
Saturday’s hectic 17 lap race saw Jacobson pursued by James Golding and Bryce Fullwood, swapping positions and even making slight contact during the mid-stages of the race. Jacobson finished the race in fifth place, securing enough points to ensure that as long as he finished the second and final race of the season, the EXEDY sponsored racer would claim his first Dunlop Supercars Series title.
Having secured the 2016 Dunlop Supercar Series title, there was no hiding of emotion from the popular Victorian race driver, who had overcome significant set-backs during his career to make it to this major point of his career. In a gesture to recognise the efforts of his talented race engineer Dave Patterson, the two climbed onto the roof of Jacobson’s PRA Falcon to celebrate this team victory.
At the conclusion of the seven Dunlop Supercar Series rounds for 2016, Jacobson earned 1738 points, finishing 88 points clear of his PRA team mate Jack LeBrocq (1650) and 320 points ahead of third placed Todd Hazelwood.
Jacobson achieved this outstanding result with new partners EXEDY, one of the world’s leading original equipment and aftermarket clutch manufacturers, along with Ultra Air, who joined valued season partners Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical, MGA Insurance, Bike Gallery and Performance Health Care on this exciting motorsport journey.