“It looks like the weather may be interesting tomorrow. I love the wet, I’m still that kid from the bush that every time it rains we would go have some fun in the paddocks.”
Garry Jacobson has had a strong hitout to begin a busy RABBLE.club Sandown 500 – combining duties in Dunlop Super2 Series in his MEGA Fuels Nissan and the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship with Rick Kelly in the Castrol Nissan.
Jacobson had a constructive first Super2 practice session, before being at the top of the order for much of second practice aboard his MEGA Fuels Nissan Altima.
The Shepparton racer held sway at the top of the time sheets for much of Practice 2 in the Dunlop series, before ending up fourth fastest at the end of proceedings. With a change to regulations this weekend placing the Super2 teams on the soft tyre, it resulted in a re-think for the majority of the field when it came to engineering the cars for the conditions at Sandown – which were blustery for most of the day.
Sharing the Castrol #15 Nissan with Rick Kelly for the RABBLE.club Sandown 500, Jacobson got behind the wheel for two co-driver only practice sessions.
With both encounters spanning 30 minutes, the focus was getting him comfortable in the car ahead of his ‘Race for the Grid’ sprint race tomorrow.
He was eighth in the first session and continued to build confidence on older tyres with the team concentrating on race pace in the second session. Rick Kelly will qualify the car tomorrow, before Garry takes part in the first Race for the Grid race.
Saturday’s action kicks off with Garry jumping behind the wheel of the MEGA Racing Nissan for Qualifying in the Dunlop Super2 Series at 11:10am AEST, followed by Race 1 at 3:15pm AEST.
Before that, however, the youngster who was the star of last year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup co-drivers will jump into the Castrol Nissan for the opening ‘Race for the Grid’ race at 1:40pm AEST, with the 20-lap affair counting towards the starting order for the second Race for the Grid which features the main drivers.
Coverage of all the action will be on Fox Sports Channel 506 and Network TEN nationally.
Garry Jacobson is supported by MEGA Diesel Supply, RABBLE.club – along with Challenger Valves and Actuators, Exedy, McQuinn Electrical and MGA Insurance Brokers.
QUOTEBOARD – GARRY JACOBSON:
“From a Super2 point of view in the MEGA Fuels Nissan, considering the challenges of going to the soft tyre today I was quite content with fourth, I was quite happy with that result. We’re only a few tenths off some of the other guys who have been on the soft tyre before in wildcard starts in Supercars, whereas we haven’t been able to tune our car to the softer rubber. The car characteristics were quite different, so there’s a lot of data for the engineers to go through tonight.
“The MEGA Fuels Matt White Motorsport Nissan Altima handles really good and it relies on kerbs to get around the corners fast. Our engineers do a tremendous job with our shock settings in our cars and we were bouncing across the kerbs really well. Turn 1 was interesting today, a lot of cars were getting on two wheels big time and we were one of those cars. Some of the other kerbs we’re not getting as much airtime so that’s where we’re finding a bit of speed, but at places like Turn 1 we’ve got to work on that because it costs time.
“In terms of main game, probably slightly more challenging in the Castrol Racing car. It’s early days, we’re mixing and matching tyre sets at the moment, some people are out on good rubber, while some of us are doing laps on older tyres so it’s a bit too early to call at the moment. There’s still a bit of work to do to make the car better, but I’m confident we will get there.
“Eighth was really the best I could do on the tyres we had strapped to the Nissan Altima, we carried those tyres into Practice 3 as well, so we weren’t as competitive there as well. The message for myself is to just stay consistent, let Rick carry the better tyres out on track and get the car good for qualifying. When it comes to going fast, for me, that’s is basically in the races, that’s where it counts the most.
“It looks like the weather may be interesting tomorrow. I love the wet, I’m still that kid from the bush that every time it rains we would go have some fun in the paddocks. In the wet, it’s not going to be a perfect race car in those conditions, but if you focus on running the car hard, keeping tyre temps, hit all your marks, let the car slide around a little bit just to keep the momentum going, usually you can be competitive in the wet. That’s the goal for tomorrow.”
Saturday, September 15
10:10am-10:25am – Virgin Australia Supercars Practice 4
11:10am-11:25am – Dunlop Super2 Qualifying for Race 1
11:40am-12:00pm – Virgin Australia Supercars Qualifying for Race for the Grid Races
1:40pm-2:15pm – Virgin Australia Supercars Race for the Grid 1 – 20 Laps
3:15pm-3:45pm – Dunlop Super2 Race 1 – 22 Laps
4:15pm-4:50pm – Virgin Australia Supercars Race for the Grid 2 – 20 Laps
Sunday, September 16
09:15am-09:30am – Dunlop Super2 Qualifying for Race 2
10:15am-10:35am – Virgin Australia Supercars Warmup
12:05pm-12:35pm – Dunlop Super2 Race 2 – 22 Laps
1:20pm-4:50pm – RABBLE.club Virgin Australia Supercars Sandown 500
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