EXEDY’S JACOBSON WINS ON DEBUT IN NISSAN ALTIMA
March 4, 2018: EXEDY-backed racer Garry Jacobson has claimed a race win in his first event in Matthew White Motorsport’s Nissan Altima at the Super2 Series season opener held at the Adelaide 500 in South Australia.
Jacobson made the switch from a Ford FG X Falcon to the Altima in the off-season and opened the season with a pole position, half a second faster than the rest of the field with new lap record time.
"A lot of credit to Matt White [team owner], he’d been pestering me all last year to come into his team," said Jacobson.
"I finally made that decision and I’m really happy about it. The car feels great and it’s good to be able to give something back to all those sponsors who stuck by me through the 2017 season that wasn’t so good.
"I’m back on pole position, so thanks to everybody for sticking with me and I’m excited about the future of 2018."
Jacobson finished in second place in the first of three races in Adelaide, losing out to former Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Dumbrell at the start and applying race-long pressure in the time-shortened contest.
The EXEDY racer went one better in the second race, taking the lead into turn one and racing away from the field for a lights-to-flag victory, his sixth career win in the Super2 Series.
"What a great feeling to take my first win in the MEGA Racing Nissan," said Jacobson.
"When I came out of turn two and saw I had the clear air in front of me, I knew that we had the pace underneath us. It is very special to win here �“ especially for the MEGA guys, Nissan �“ and to get a result for MW Motorsport so early in the season.
"Nissan have selected me to be their driver to hold the flag in Super2 and I feel it is the right thing to do to pay it back. We just have to keep putting in the effort and we're getting the support we need, so I think the results will come from that.
"We've been learning more about the car and its characteristics with every lap and improving all the time. We know what we have to do to improve it and we're working on it to get the job done."
Jacobson fought with Dumbrell for the round win in the final race of the weekend, though a touch with a tyre bundle damaged his front splitter and a brush with the infamous Turn 8 wall allowed Dumbrell to race away for the round win.
"The start today wasn’t as good as I would have liked and then had to fend off as many people as I could, then made a spot after bouncing off the wall at Turn 8, which was pretty wild! That probably cost us some car speed, but I'm happy all told," said Jacobson.
"It has been a great way to get the season underway with MEGA Racing and MW Motorsport, to steal a race off Paul at a circuit that I would consider to be one of his strongest, we’re in a new package which gives me a lot of confidence, especially heading to tracks that I think should suit the Nissan better.
"We’ve also got the race and qualifying lap records in the Dunlop Super2 Series, which is an awesome outcome, particularly as my knowledge with the team and car are still growing and I think we’ll continue that at other circuits which will be better suited to me."
The next round of the 2018 Super2 Series is at the Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint at Symmons Plains Raceway on April 6 to 8, 2018.