Garry Jacobson has set the quickest time in the co-driver session for the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at the Coates Hire Ipswich Supersprint this morning.
The 25-year-old from Shepparton who races the MEGA Fuels Nissan Altima in the Dunlop Super2 Series was on board Rick Kelly’s Castrol Altima that he will share with his fellow country Victorian in this year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup.
His time of 1:09.6257 led Dean Fiore in a Nissan quinella at the head of the timesheets by 0.1841, the duo two-tenths clear of the third placed driver.
While not on new Dunlop tyres, Jacobson had to adjust to the softer tyre that is prescribed for this event by the Championship, being used to the harder tyre in the second tier series.
It gave Jacobson – who is currently third in the Dunlop Super2 Series points standings – some dry track running aboard the factory Nissan. Most recently, he drove the ‘main game’ car that won at Winton Motor Raceway in wet conditions.
He feels as though the opportunity to experience the Nissan in both conditions will keep him in good stead for the three endurance races – Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast – all of which are notorious for changeable weather conditions.
This year’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup will be the first time Jacobson will be in the main Virgin Australia Supercars field in a Nissan.
The next event for Jacobson will be in support of the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 where he’ll complete double duty in the Dunlop Series and the 500 with Kelly.
QUOTEBOARD – GARRY JACOBSON – 1st:
“The car felt very similar to the last test day, which is always a good thing,” said Jacobson.
“Even though it is a Nissan Altima, it is different to the MEGA Racing car I drive in the Dunlop Series. We are on the softer tyre here and I’m driving to Rick’s setup.
“While topping the timesheets is good, these sessions for me are more about the process – which is getting used to Rick’s setup, how he wants the car and seeing what the car does. It is also good to sit with Rick and the engineers George, Scott and Giovanni and give your feedback and get there’s off what you tell them.
“I’ve been fortunate enough now to drive it in both wet and dry conditions so I know what to expect going to the enduros – as all three races can deliver some interesting weather scenarios.
“Being on top is a good check mark as well for yourself. In the Dunlop Series, there tends to be Paul (Dumbrell), Chris (Pither) and I generally fighting it out for podiums so being among that group of drivers in the main game cars and coming out on top is very pleasing.
“There’s a couple of months now before we get serious with the PIRTEK Enduro Cup, we’ll have a training camp where all the drivers in the team along with some of the team members get to know each other a bit better.
“It is also good in the leadup to be personally in touch with all your sponsors like the team from MEGA Fuels, Rabble.Club – along with Challenger Valves and Actuators, Exedy, McQuinn Electrical and MGA Insurance Brokers and everyone else who is on board for the ride this year.”
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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