WILD RIDE FOR EXEDY’S JACOBSON IN TOWNSVILLE
July 9, 2017: Reigning Super2 Series champion Garry Jacobson has endured a mixed set of results from a wild pair of races at the Watpac Townsville 400. Jacobson’s weekend started strongly with the fastest time in the opening practice session. And he continued that strong form into qualifying with third place on the grid.
In the opening race on Saturday, though, wheel-spin off the start saw Jacobson drop to sixth place. He fought back over the course of the race to make up two positions, including at the expense of pole-sitter Shae Davies, to score valuable points with fourth place. “I think we could have been in the top three but I got too much wheel-spin off the start-line and dropped back a bit, which was unfortunate,” said Jacobson.
“The car is almost there but there are definitely a few things that we can tune up. We had really good speed which was a massive positive but there are a few little things that we need to tune, so we’ll sort those out overnight and hopefully have an even better day tomorrow.” Jacobson was unable to back up that result in Sunday’s race, though, despite another positive qualifying in fourth place.
Another slow start left Jacobson at risk on the opening lap. Fighting hard to re-gain position, Jacobson sustained damage to the front right of his FG X Falcon that forced him to pit for repairs. The repairs cost Jacobson four laps and left him unable to capitalise from a late-race safety car, leaving him in 18th place at the chequered flag.
“We had a really good car in qualifying but we weren’t able to quite get the lap we needed,” said Jacobson.
“The car was really strong again in the race but it was pretty tough racing out there. I came together with a car and had hurt the front, which was disappointing. I was glad we got out before the safety car but it wasn’t the end to the weekend that we wanted.
“A big thanks to my team for all of their hard work this weekend. Hopefully we can get some better results at the next one.”
The lowly finishing position leaves Jacobson in seventh place in the Super2 championship standings, 439 points adrift of leader Todd Hazelwood. The next event on the Super2 schedule is at the Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint at Sydney Motorsport Park on August 18 to 20.