EXEDY’S JACOBSON SOLDIERS ON AT SANDOWN
EXEDY-backed racer Garry Jacobson endured a tough outing in the two Dunlop Super2 Series races at Sandown International Raceway over the weekend, though he did make his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship debut in the Wilson Security Sandown 500.
Jacobson’s weekend started on a positive note with the fastest lap times in the two Super2 practice sessions on Friday, highlighting the pace in his #1 Mega Fuels Ford FG X Falcon.
In the qualifying session, though, a tailwind at the back of the circuit caught out the reigning Super2 champion, leaving him benched in the gravel trap and forced to start at the rear of the field for the opening race.
Jacobson was charging through the field in the race, though his progress proved too speedy after he accidently passed a car too early on a restart and received a penalty.
The EXEDY racer also fell foul with the race officials in the second race. Jacobson was amongst the battle for a top-10 placing when he made contact with the Holden VF Commodore of Andrew Jones, resulting in another penalty and leaving him in 20th place in the race and 21st for the round.
The double penalty leaves Jacobson in seventh place in the Super2 Series championship standings, out of contention for the title win with just one championship round remaining at the inaugural Coates Hire Newcastle 500 in November.
Jacobson’s Sandown weekend also included his main-game Supercars debut in the #56 Mega Fuels Ford FG X Falcon alongside former Bathurst 1000 winner Jason Bright.
Jacobson gained two places in the co-driver-only qualifying race on Saturday, though a starter motor problem for Bright in the second race left the entry at the rear of the field for the main event.
Bright and Jacobson kept their nose clean throughout the time-shortened race to finish in 17th place, giving Jacobson valuable mileage in his first hit-out in the top-tier Supercars class.
The Supercars field now heads to the legendary Mount Panorama Circuit for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 on October 5 to 8. Jacobson will again team with Bright in Australia’s Great Race, while the Super2 field is also in action for a non-championship round.