Words: Acclaim Media
Garry Jacobson debuting in the MEGA Racing Nissan Altima, has got his Dunlop Super2 Series season underway in the best possible fashion on the streets of Adelaide.
The Victorian set the quickest time in Qualifying before going on to finish a fighting second in the time certain race one of three this weekend.
Jacobson established the pole position time some two-tenths of a second quicker than the field, however it was after a session long war with Paul Dumbrell over the top spot – which would be a pre-cursor for the late afternoon race.
Starting on the grippier side of the track, Dumbrell used it to his advantage and got the jump on the Shepparton youngster from the start.
While shadowing Dumbrell, a lengthy Safety Car period ensured it would be a time certain finish.
Jacobson – who has drawn support from health and wellness technology company, Rabble.Club in addition to MEGA Limited – pushed hard in the latter stages of the race.
Heading into the final lap the 25-year-old was right on the tail of the vastly experienced Dumbrell.
Although time ran out and Jacobson had to settle for second, he walked away from his first race in the MW Motorsport prepared MEGA Racing Nissan with a huge amount of confidence, knowing some areas he can improve tomorrow – saying it had the hallmarks of his 2016 Dunlop Super2 Supercars Series Championship year.
By virtue of his second placed finish he will start tomorrow’s 19-lap race from the front row, however this time he will have the benefit of the rubber that has been laid down during the two days of competition held so far.
Tomorrow’s race can be seen live on Fox Sports from 10:25am Adelaide time (10:55am Australian Eastern Daylight Savings time) and subsequent coverage on Network TEN.
QUOTEBOARD – GARRY JACOBSON:
“Today was a great way to start with MW Motorsport and the MEGA Racing Nissan,” said Jacobson.
“I’ve walked away from with a lot of confidence and a winning feeling. It is awesome to have full commitment from the team and already it has a feel much like my Championship year in 2016.
“Paul was a challenge all the way through the race – Adelaide is a circuit that traditionally suits his style and I have other circuits where I feel I’m better.
“He also had the benefit of the clean side of the racetrack, which I now have tomorrow.
“It was my first ever race in the Nissan, so to secure Pole Position and then to finish a narrow second was a good result. I am still figuring the car out to be honest, so didn’t want to take too many risks. We’re trying some different things and we have a lot to improve on – but we’re in good shape.
“I really feel as though the team is giving me the support I need – the MEGA Racing Altima has been quick from the time that I first got in it at our Winton test and to have that translate to a totally different circuit like Adelaide is very pleasing. It is an absolute pleasure to drive.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the strong showing tomorrow!”
ADELAIDE 500 SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 3
Race 2: 10:25am-10:55am – 19 Laps
Sunday, March 4
Race 3: 1:05pm-1:35pm – 19 Laps
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
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