The biggest weekend on any motor sport fan’s calendar is upon us and this year there will be a Shepparton connection to Mt Panorama.
Garry Jacobson will compete in the race of his life in the V8 Supercars Bathurst 1000 as co-driver to Jason Bright.
Driving a Ford Falcon FG/X for MEGA Racing (under the Prodrive Racing Australia banner) in his debut on the most recognisable track in the country, Jacobson has so far impressed in his two stints in the car.
In Thursday’s first co-driver practice, Jacobson finished 10th with a fastest lap time of 2:07.4807, just 1.1538 seconds off of the pace.
Yesterday’s practice session was marred by a gearbox issue and not helped by some old tyres, but Jacobson still managed to get within 1.4507 seconds of pace-setter Dean Canto.
But it is teammate Bright who has Jacobson in a wonderful position heading into today’s action.
After having had mixed results in his three practices, finishing 13th, eighth and 18th respectively, Bright pulled off a stellar recovery in yesterday’s qualifying to finish ninth and earn a place in this afternoon’s top 10 shootout.
It means that the team will be somewhere up the front of the grid for the main event, pending results today.
Jacobson’s Dunlop Super2 Series season is on hold for this weekend, but he will be hoping to build on his seventh position after whetting his appetite on the biggest stage.