Words: Acclaim Media
Garry Jacobson has paid tribute to a critical change made to improve engine performance on his MEGA Racing Nissan at Barbagallo Raceway, which saw him score third and fourth placed finishes in the two incredible Dunlop Super2 Supercars Series races held today.
Jacobson emerged fourth in this afternoon’s final race which saw a 13 car Supercars freight train trading blows for the majority of the 19 lap distance! Jacobson hailed the performance improvement to some overnight work done on the Nissan.
During racing, the engine on his car was operating at a temperature higher than it should have been, which Jacobson believed was thwarting his attack.
Making the equipment changes, he felt a performance improvement was evident throughout today’s two races.
“The MEGA Racing Nissan was great over a single lap, but across the full race, it was a little hotter than what it should have been,” explained Jacobson.
“Having worked through it with the MWM team, we made some changes and I could feel the difference which saw us move forward today.”
After a tremendous start from the second row in race two this morning, the Shepparton native brought the Nissan Altima home in third position.
“We were too aggressive on tyre pressures yesterday, so went to a similar strategy that (team-mate) Dean Fiore had and it seemed to work. I got good consistent starts and was able to go on with it,” added Jacobson.
This placed the 2016 Dunlop Super2 Champion in eighth starting position for the final race of the weekend which had a large dump of rain hit Barbagallo just before the race was due to get underway.
Officials declared the race wet, but slick Dunlop tyres were left on. Starting under Safety Car, the slightly damp track caught a few frontrunners out and allowed Jacobson to make some spots.
He was engaged in a Dunlop Super2 Battle Royal with, at times, 13 cars duking it out around the 2.4 kilometre Wanneroo speedbowl.
Relishing the changeable conditions, Jacobson was in a thrilling battle among the top half dozen drivers for the minors.
In the end, the 25-year-old secured fourth, which propelled him up to fifth in the Championship and still very much in the hunt heading to Townsville in July.
“I must admit that I did smile a little when I saw some raindrops on the windscreen,” laughed Jacobson. “I thought it might present some opportunities to pick up on some mistakes from others and grab some points.
“The final race this afternoon was awesome, I was critical of us as a category and group of drivers after Tasmania, but this weekend, we could bang doors and not take each other out – then after the race all have a laugh and recount it. It was a perfect comeback – hard racing, but enjoyable and as a category we should celebrate that.”
Overall, he was happy with how the weekend leaves him Championship-wise heading to Townsville.
“There are only a handful of points between second in the Championship and fifth where I am at right now, so leaving Perth, I’m pretty happy. It was a good one for the team with both Alex and Dean taking their first race wins in Super2 and Dean the round win.
“We’ve gained a lot as a team this weekend and there is more to come from the MEGA Racing Nissan ahead of Townsville, so stay tuned – we’ve got a bit up our sleeve and plenty to do between now and then!”
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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