Caught in smash-up derby

April 11, 2018

Shepparton racer Garry Jacobson showed good pace at the weekend, but was twice crashed into by rival drivers.

It’s fair to say rising motor sport star Garry Jacobson won’t be remembering his race weekend in Tasmania too fondly.

The Shepparton product seemingly had the pace for a huge round at Symmons Plains Raceway, but was taken out twice in three races by rival drivers.

Jacobson had produced well in race two with a quality third placing, but incidents in Saturday’s race one and the following day’s race three meant he left the round placed seventh in the Super2 series.

After qualifying third for the weekend’s opener, the 25-year-old got through just five laps before rival Shae Davies crashed into him at the track’s difficult hairpin.

Davies admitted the crash was his fault, but it meant little to Jacobson who had to head for the pits and settle for 21st position.

Race two was a far more positive experience as he piloted his MEGA Fuels Nissan from fifth on the grid to third, banking some quality championship points in slippery conditions.

But the dark clouds in the Tasmanian sky were fitting as Jacobson was again crashed into, a hit from behind sending him out of the third race.

Jacobson was fuming his weekend hadn’t gone the way he wanted.

‘‘It was unfortunate to get taken out in the third race, as I thought we could have made our way forward,’’ Jacobson said.

‘‘It really compounded what happened on Saturday.

‘‘Overall, I think the category needs to address the driving standards, there are guys not giving racing room or re-dressing when they should be, which is resulting in accidents — and I’m not talking about just those involving me.’’

Apologies after the race can’t change the result, and Jacobson said getting back towards the front of the pack had been a priority.

‘‘It was an unfortunate incident that caught us at the hairpin — Shae Davies has apologised for the mistake on his behalf, but championships are not won and lost with one bad result — we’re always looking forward,’’ he said.

‘‘(Sunday’s) second race was good, we went back to our set-ups from Friday and saw an improved braking performance, so I felt as though the car was back to where we wanted it to be.

‘‘There’s a long way to go in this year’s championship and I can’t wait to get back to Perth in May.’’

Championship leader Paul Dumbrell is now 168 points ahead of seventh-ranked Jacobson, with racing to resume on May 4 in Perth with the third of seven rounds.

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