Leading Supercars driver, Garry Jacobson enters this season’s PIRTEK Enduro Cup with a special helmet that pays tribute to his home town of Shepparton, Victoria and the Goulburn Valley region.
Known as the Fruit Bowl of Australia, the Goulburn Valley supplies the majority of Australia’s apples and pears, has one of the strongest dairy communities in the nation and also possesses some fantastic boutique wineries.
Required to change helmets to suit the ergonomics of the Castrol Racing Nissan he’ll be sharing in the PIRTEK Enduro Cup with former Bathurst winner Rick Kelly – and also doubling up in the MEGA Diesel Supply Nissan at Sandown and Bathurst – Jacobson is excited by what he’s been created with the support of local companies – many of whom have been with him since starting his journey from karts to car racing.
“I feel as though this defines who I am and where I am from,” said Jacobson – who still lives in Shepparton and works for the family transport company. “I’ve seen many people do something like this when representing Australia, so completing this is my interpretation.
“It has the colours that illustrate the farming in and around the area, the apples and pears representing the fruit and with the Goulburn Valley being one of the fastest growing dairy regions in Australia – we’ve got the cow caricature on for the ride.
“I’ve always been really proud to be a representative of the Goulburn Valley on the national stage and am really thrilled with the support that we’ve received for this project.
“To have Greater Shepparton City Council support the project straight up was something that was really encouraging as they realise that me being in the Supercars Championship brings a focus to the area through the fans that follow me.
“They’ve been joined by the Shepparton Motor Museum – which is quickly becoming a big tourist attraction for the area and it will be where the helmet is housed when I’m not using it.
“We’ve also drawn support from Challenger Valves and MGA Insurance Shepparton – who have basically been supporting me from the very beginning of when I left karts and started in the Formula Ford Championship as part of the CAMS Rising Star program. So too from FIX Muscle Performance who’ve been a long time supporter of mine and develop my strength and flexibility for racing through their programs.
“Varapodio Orchards – who grow most of the apples and pears in the area and hold a close relationship with SPC Ardmona – have supported the concept and we’re really happy to represent that in the helmet design; along with Foott Waste – who are a local company that is raising awareness over efficiently managing waste – which has been a huge topic of discussion nationally over recent times.
“And finally, Jarrod Thompson from Thompson Motor Group – who are the local dealer for Nissan in the Goulburn Valley are on board to lend their support. I’m ecstatic as a Nissan Altima racecar driver to lend my support as an ambassador to them to promote Nissan and bring more brand awareness to their dealerships among the local community.”
Jacobson heads to the first round of the PIRTEK Enduro Cup this weekend at the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 off the back of a very strong test recently at Winton Motor Raceway. He’s looking to build on what he started last year in his rookie Enduro Cup campaign – where he was the standout co-driver.
He’ll also continue his quest in the Dunlop Super2 Supercars Series aboard the MEGA Fuels backed MW Motorsport Nissan.
It will be a huge weekend for Jacobson with his local and national sponsors in attendance and RABBLE.club – who he stands alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger as an ambassador – as the major sponsor of the event.
“It’s a big three events coming up,” explained Jacobson. “We’ve got a lot that we’re working on towards next year right now and also have the Dunlop Super2 Series and PIRTEK Enduro Cup to be chasing down.
“The test last week at Winton worked out to be really good – we had some very good pace in the Castrol Nissan and Rick and I have been working extremely well together.
“I was fastest at the Queensland Raceway practice at the Supercars weekend there back in July and in general, Rick has been right up there this year including getting a memorable race win at Winton.
“I’m heading into the event with a lot of confidence, especially after a win in Super2 at Townsville the last time out.
“We’ve got many people there with us this weekend and we want to put in a good showing for everybody including all my local, personal supporters, RABBLE.club, MEGA and Castrol.”
Practice for the RABBLE.club Sandown 500 begins on Friday with Saturday starting the Race for the Grid with the now traditional twin races to establish the grid for Sunday’s 161-lap, 500km Sandown 500.
The Dunlop Super2 Series events begin with practice on Friday before qualifying and races on both Saturday and Sunday.
Coverage of the weekend will be carried on both Network TEN and Fox Sports 506.
Friday, September 14
09:20am-10:00am – Dunlop Super2 Practice 1
10:40am-11:10am – Virgin Australia Supercars Practice 1 – Co-Drivers Only
12:30am-1:00pm – Virgin Australia Supercars Practice 2
1:15pm-1:55pm – Dunlop Super 2 Practice 2
3:35pm-4:05pm – Virgin Australia Supercars Practice 3 – Co-Drivers Only
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