Garry Jacobson has secured third position in the Dunlop Super2 Supercars Championship for the MEGA Fuels MW Motorsport Nissan team after today’s final race of the season was declared a non-race after a major incident.
Whilst the driver involved was thankfully without injury, the Championship fight was cruelly cut short – with Jacobson and the other two Title combatants locked into the top four positions on track at the time of the red flag.
This morning, Jacobson was on the fastest lap in qualifying before a red flag brought a premature end to the session.
The 26-year-old was quick to offer his congratulations to Championship winner, Chris Pither.
The 2016 Champion from Shepparton in Victoria entered today’s race 129 points from the Title lead. Today’s race was also his 100th Dunlop Super2 Supercars Championship Series start, the MEGA Fuels team running 100 to honour Jacobson becoming a Super2 Centurion.
His 100 race starts have yielded seven race wins, he has driven with all three manufacturers that have entered the Series, won the aforementioned Title in 2016. He maintains race lap records at Phillip Island, Adelaide and Sandown, along with qualifying lap records at Adelaide, Sydney Motorsport Park and Sandown and the practice lap record at Symmons Plains.
This year, Jacobson delivered wins for MEGA Fuels and MW Motorsport in Adelaide and Townsville, along with Pole Positions in Adelaide, Sandown and Bathurst.
The focus of Australia’s fastest School Bus Driver now switches to next year as he attempts to secure a full-time position on the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship grid.
QUOTEBOARD – GARRY JACOBSON:
“It was pretty tricky last year coming off the Championship and struggling to even get a single podium. In the off-season, I had to make a move and have all my sponsors trust in me and then take another chance on me to bounce back to form and get pole positions and wins.
“To get a third in the Championship this year shows that I haven’t dropped away and still have the consistency there needed to get the job done.
“It is a lot more competitive in Super2 than when I won the Championship in 2016 and you need some luck to win it at any time but more so these days. I’m really happy to be the highest placed Nissan after this year, as our team was very strong.
“We’re working hard with our corporate sponsors to keep them together and come with us in the future.
“Winning a Championship and finishing third over the last three years is a pretty good sales pitch for a main game seat – Jack Le Brocq did it after finishing third in the Series.
“I enjoy my racing and I’m always excited to be part of the Supercars paddock. There are plenty of other kids out there that don’t get the opportunities to keep racing – so I want to do it for them. If you don’t appreciate motorsport for what it is you aren’t really a racer at heart – so it is certainly my goal for next year to keep pushing on regardless of where it is.
“Thanks again to everyone that has supported me this year – both corporately, in media and the mega-passionate Supercars fan-base.
“The amazing team at MEGA Fuels continue to inspire me and give me that confidence. They have stuck by me, guided me and become good friends, along with everyone else that has been on board for the year including Palm Trans, RABBLE.club, Exedy, Challenger Valves and Actuators, McQuinn Electrical and MGA Insurance Brokers. My family do everything to support me and are right there with me through every step of the way.
“This year has been phenomenal, especially through the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with Rick Kelly, Castrol and Nissan Motorsport and in Super2 with Matt White Motorsport – Matt and his team really put together a great outfit and I’m proud of what we were able to achieve this year.”
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