EXEDY-backed racer Garry Jacobson has scored a second-place finish in the penultimate race of the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series at the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500 over the weekend.

The new street circuit runs along the Newcastle foreshore and into the heart of the New South Wales’ second biggest town and produced dramatic championship deciders in the Supercars and Super2 championships.

Jacobson qualified in third place for the first Super2 race of the event on Saturday. The narrow street circuit made passing difficult so Jacobson claimed a vital position off the start and moved into second place.

The EXEDY racer shadowed the eventual Super2 champion Todd Hazelwood for the entire race but couldn’t find a way through in the final laps, settling for second place.

“I’m really happy with the result; I was able to get a good launch at the start and was far enough alongside Jack LeBrocq to muscle it by him in Turn 1,” said Jacobson.

“After that it was just a matter of trying to track down Todd for the lead. I think I had the pace to get by him, but only by a little, and when it’s as tough to pass as it is here, I needed him to make a mistake to get a good chance.

“He had a little slip up in the hairpin but I did as well, so that really killed any chance of trying to pass him. Still a good day for the team and we’ll look to go one better tomorrow.”

Sunday’s season-ending race finished in disappointment for Jacobson and the team after being punted into a spin at the tight Turn 11 hairpin on the opening lap. Jacobson recovered to finish in 17th .

“You’ve got to qualify well in any form of motorsport and we sort of had the setup out of the window,” said Jacobson.

“I did my best but when you start mid-pack you can get tangled in stuff you shouldn’t, which is what happened.”

Jacobson finished the 2017 Dunlop Super2 Series with a race win at Phillip Island and sixth place in the championship standings, in a year that also saw him debut in the Supercars main-game with impressive drives in the Bathurst and Gold Coast endurance events.

“It’s been a tricky year at times, we could get it right some days and others I just couldn’t get in sync with the car,” reflected Jacobson.

“Still, I really admire the work the Prodrive team has put in, so a massive thanks to them. A massive thanks for giving me the opportunity to run the #1; I wore it with pride and the opportunity to co-drive with Jason Bright in the enduros.

It’s been a pretty special year for me, so I’m looking forward to the next step in my career.”
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