Garry Jacobson came, saw and conquered Mount Panorama on Sunday.
For just more than a lap, the Shepparton export led arguably Australia’s greatest race — the Bathurst 1000 in a V8 Supercar.
Competing as a co-driver with Jason Bright, Jacobson took the lead on lap 71 near the end of his debut stint in Ford’s ProDrive Supercar, an experience he will never forget
Jacobson went on to relinquish the position only a short time later after he was forced to pit.
‘‘I feel great. A top 10 on your debut at Bathurst is something to be proud of,’’ Jacobson said.
‘‘The first stint was just absolute great fun. I think Brighty did a really good job all weekend just keeping me calm, settled and just helped me think clear and do what I needed to do.’’
Jacobson and Bright went on to finish the race in eighth position — exactly where the number 56 car had started, with Prodrive electing to run the former for more laps than most of the other endurance drivers.
Bright remarkably managed fewer laps than the reigning Super2 champion.
The 25-year-old’s skilled driving in the wet was heralded by many in Pit Lane, as he kept the car on track and in contention for a podium finish in the 161-lap race.
‘‘I was disappointed with my effort at Sandown, but when I got out of the car and got a good cheer after that first stint it was great to be able to give back a good result and a smile to the team,’’ Jacobson said.
The former Goulburn Valley Grammar School student has ambitions of making a permanent jump into the top echelon of motorsport in Australia and a performance like that has not harmed his chances.
The export is also attempting to defend his Super2 crown this season, but has had a mixed season with car troubles and engine failure so far and currently sits seventh on the championship table.