Jacobson started the #15 entry from 16th on the grid, scything through the field in the early stages and at one stage running seventh in the order while duelling with the likes of Le Mans 24 Hour Champion, Earl Bamber – picking up where he left off last season as one of the premier co-drivers in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
The 25-year old handed the car over to the Castrol Nissan’s primary driver, Kelly, who consolidated the strong foundations that Jacobson laid down in the first part of the race, which marks the start of the 2018 PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
Kelly brought the car home in eighth position, the top Nissan, a great result for the pairing’s debut race together.
Garry Jacobson and Rick Kelly secured a top 10 finish in the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 after earlier in the day [https://flic.kr/p/2a2DvGd] being very strong in the Dunlop Super2 Series [https://flic.kr/p/2a2DvGd]
In the Dunlop Super2 Series aboard his regular MEGA Fuels Nissan, lap record pace during Qualifying saw Jacobson earn the fastest time of the session and provisionally pole position, but he was later docked three positions for a minor infraction with another competitor during the encounter.
It meant he would start the 22-lap Dunlop Series race from fourth.
Throughout the race, Jacobson was amongst those in a tense battle for the lead – that at times saw seven cars nose-to-tail, with the Shepparton driver crossing the line in fifth aboard his Matt White Motorsport MEGA Fuels Nissan.
Following the finish, Jacobson had just minutes to jump across to his Virgin Australia Supercars Championship duties with Nissan Motorsport, before climbing aboard the Castrol car to take the start of the RABBLE.club Sandown 500. Jacobson is a RABBLE.club ambassador alongside the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The young star who has proven his worth against some of the best touring car racers in the world now gears up for another double header weekend with Dunlop Series duties alongside his co-drive aboard the Kelly Nissan in the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 which takes place from October 4-7.
Garry Jacobson is supported by MEGA Fuels, RABBLE.club – along with Challenger Valves and Actuators, Exedy, McQuinn Electrical and MGA Insurance Brokers.
QUOTEBOARD – GARRY JACOBSON:
“I think the first time driving with Nissan Motorsport has been a success. It’s a big job to start 16th in those races, but we gained a heap of positions, I made up nine spots in my first two stints which was awesome. I was incredibly thankful that I could have the opportunity to race alongside someone like Rick Kelly up the front.
“Taking Championships and race wins in Super2 is all great, but for me, the most exciting part is the co-driver commitments in races like the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 because you get the opportunity to be in the bigger events and have more pressure on you. I just felt really, really good today in the Castrol Nissan car and we were racing against the front pack guys, so I’m really happy with the eighth-place finish.
“I guess there’s a method in the madness – we do it for a reason. To race the MEGA Fuels Nissan Altima with Matt White Motorsport just prepares us so much more than the guys who don’t get to do those laps during the year. It is a busy weekend at Sandown and Bathurst coming up, but I’m really happy. I think, it’s a new partnership with Rick, but to be able to get that relationship rolling on with MWM and the Super2 car just helps so much. We’ve got a lot of positives going forward so I’m looking forward to Bathurst.
“I think it’s a massive step forward for Super2, particularly the communication between our main game team and MWM has been such a benefit, because we’re on the same tyre, the setups are coming back and forward, which is invaluable. To have that continuity between the main game level team and the Super2 level team on the super soft tyre is a massive step forward for the category. Bring on Bathurst I say!?”
DUNLOP SUPER2 SERIES CALENDAR:
Adelaide 500 – March 1-4
Tasmanian Super Sprint – April 6-8
Perth Super Sprint – May 4-6
Townsville 400 – July 6-8
Sandown 500 – September 14-16
Bathurst 1000 – October 4-7
Newcastle 500 – November 23-25