Jacobson eases to comfortable Dunlop Series win
Garry Jacobson has taken a dominant second straight Dunlop Series win in Race 1 at Phillip Island.
Jacobson took the lead from the front row and twice drove away from the field after a mid-race Safety Car period.
The Prodrive Racing Australia driver was gifted the lead when pole-sitting teammate Jack Le Brocq stalled and dropped to 15th spot.
Paul Dumbrell provided an initial challenge to third-placed Todd Hazelwood, while Jacobson was quickly dropping a chasing pack headed by James Golding.
The hairpin saw a wild moment on Lap 4 when Shae Davies tipped sixth-placed Macauley Jones into a spin, who had turned in from a wide berth in an attempt to avoid a locked-up Richard Muscat.
Davies was himself dispatched into the outfield when he tangled with Kurt Kostecki on the way out.
Jacobson led by 3.6s and Le Brocq had climbed to seventh when the Safety Car was called for a stranded Marcus Zukanovic on Lap 6, the series returnee having spun off at Southern Loop.
That proved a temporary hindrance from the Challenger Valve-backed driver as he reset the lap record when racing resumed on Lap 8, leading by 2.6s after Lap 10 before cruising for the final six laps.
Golding soon ran alone in second while Dumbrell displaced Hazelwood when the South Australian ran wide at the Hairpin on Lap 12.
However another error for Le Brocq, who locked up and toured the relief road, saw him plummet again to 12th.
The PRA driver experienced more drama on the final lap when he and Kurt Kostecki banged together at Lukey Heights, forcing Bryce Fullwood to stand hard on the brakes and dive to the infield grass to avoid a shunt.
For his troubles he did manage to pass Kostekci by doing so, while Le Brocq ran 10th to the line.
Jacobson extended his series lead with the win as Golding collected a second straight second placing and Dumbrell returned to the podium after a Race 2 DNF at Adelaide.
Hazelwood, Andrew Jones, Muscat, Liam McAdam, Josh Kean, and Taz Douglas filled fourth through ninth.
Two more 16 lap races conclude Round 2 tomorrow from 1055 and 1255 AEST respectively.
Result: Dunlop Series Race 1, Phillip Island
|1||Challenger Valve Racing||Garry Jacobson||Ford Falcon FG/X||16||26:41.4164|
|2||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||James Golding||Holden Commodore VF||16||26:43.3656|
|3||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VE2||16||26:44.5444|
|4||iseek Communication / MSR||Todd Hazelwood||Holden Commodore VF||16||26:45.3451|
|5||Alliance Truck Parts Racing||Andrew Jones||Holden Commodore VF||16||26:47.9652|
|6||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Richard Muscat||Holden Commodore VF||16||26:52.1667|
|7||Eggleston Motorsport||Liam McAdam||Holden Commodore VE2||16||26:54.7872|
|8||Wynn’s Racing||Josh Kean||Holden Commodore VF||16||26:58.4314|
|9||Eggleston Motorsport||Taz Douglas||Holden Commodore VE2||16||26:58.5694|
|10||GoGetta Racing||Jack Le Brocq||Ford Falcon FG/X||16||26:58.6682|
|11||Middy’s Data & Electrical /MWM||Bryce Fullwood||Ford Falcon FG||16||26:59.6717|
|12||Kostecki Brothers Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||16||27:00.2031|
|13||Paul Morris Motrosports||Anton de Pasquale||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:00.6747|
|14||Image Racing||Dean Fiore||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:00.7576|
|15||PAYCE||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||16||27:00.9063|
|16||Cavalier Homes||Matthew Chahda||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:03.6629|
|17||Auto One / MSR||Adam Marjoram||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:07.3502|
|18||Performance West/LD Motorsport||Alex Rullo||Holden Commodore VF||16||27:08.4218|
|19||Dragon Motor Racing||Chelsea Angelo||Holden Commodore VE2||16||27:11.3675|
|20||Kostecki Brothers Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||16||27:20.4695|
|21||Kilar Towing Equipment / STR||Mathew Palmer||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:24.8123|
|22||Team Caltex||Renee Gracie||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:24.9802|
|23||S&J Automotive||Dan Day||Ford Falcon FG||16||27:30.1874|
|24||DavBridge Constructions /MWM||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG||14||26:52.4885|
|25||Action Towing||Marcus Zukanovic||Ford Falcon FG||14||27:20.7945|