Garry Jacobson was there to pick up the pieces when a likely win for Macauley Jones went begging due to a suspension failure in Super2 Race 1 in Townsville.
The 2016 Dunlop Super2 Series winner inherited first position when Jones experienced his problem just before halfway and ran comfortably clear of Paul Dumbrell thereafter.
Dumbrell drove a lonely race to second position at the chequered flag and Alex Rullo rounded out the minors.
Jones had secured a career first Armor All Pole Position earlier in the day and showed a clean pair of heels when the lights went out.
Jacobson got by the other front-row starter, Thomas Randle, as the field ran to the second corner and made room for Dumbrell to follow him past.
Jones steadily pulled away and was poised for a first points-paying win in Super2, having broken through in the Bathurst 250 last year.
He was around one second to the good when the #14 Brad Jones Racing VF Commodore dropped onto its right-rear corner with a damper-related failure on Lap 9 of 21.
The 23-year-old shortcut the Turn 7/Turn 8 complex, unable to turn, before retreating to pit lane.
Jacobson, by that time, was already over two seconds ahead of Dumbrell and approximately maintained that advantage over the course of the race.
The win was the second for the #26 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima pilot this season and his first in Townsville.
Dumbrell extended his series lead with second position in the #88 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore.
Rullo passed Thomas Randle on Lap 11 and put five seconds between the two over the remaining 10 laps to take a second Super2 race podium in the #62 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima.
Randle (#5 Tickford Racing FGX Falcon) finished fourth and Shae Davies (#67 Paul Morris Motorsport FGX Falcon) staved off Chris Pither (#44 Garry Rogers Motorsport VF Commodore) during two separate periods of the race to finish fifth.
Rounding out the top 10 were Brodie Kostecki (#57 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore), Dean Fiore (#23 MW Motorsport Nissan Altima), Adam Marjoram (#15 Image Racing VF Commodore), and Kurt Kostecki (#55 Kostecki Brothers Racing VF Commodore).
Bryce Fullwood (#16 Matt Stone Racing VF Commodore) and Will Brown (#38 Eggleston Motorsport VF Commodore) took the chequered flag in 14th and 15th respectively.
Jones was sent back on track after BJR effected a fix to Car #14 but did not complete enough laps to be classified a finisher.
“It was really disappointing,” said the second-generation racer during the race.
“I think the car was really good, it was holding onto its tyres really well so far and it’s really disappointing for the guys.
“We had really good pace so it’s a very unfortunate way to end today.”
The Super2 field will be back on track for Armor All Qualifying for Race 2 tomorrow at the Watpac Townsville 400 from 1100 local time/AEST.
Results: Race 1 Updated*
|1||26||MEGA Fuels / MWM||Garry Jacobson||Nissan Altima||21||26:40.2735|
|2||88||Eggleston Motorsport||Paul Dumbrell||Holden Commodore VF||21||26:42.7374|
|3||62||Land Surveys / MWM||Alex Rullo||Nissan Altima||21||26:45.4773|
|4||5||Skye Sands||Thomas Randle||Ford Falcon FG/X||21||26:50.5627|
|5||67||Paul Morris Motorsport||Shae Davies||Ford Falcon FG/X||21||26:52.8463|
|6||44||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Chris Pither||Holden Commodore VF||21||26:53.1730|
|7||57||Arcoplate Racing||Brodie Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||21||26:53.4623|
|8||23||Sitech-Trimble / MWM||Dean Fiore||Nissan Altima||21||26:54.6643|
|9||15||Auto One Racing||Adam Marjoram||Holden Commodore VF||21||26:59.6715|
|10||56||Arcoplate Racing||Jake Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:03.1057|
|11||8||BGD Architects||Zane Goddard||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:03.3643|
|12||16||Middy’s Electrical||Bryce Fullwood||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:08.1711|
|13||55||Arcoplate Racing||Kurt Kostecki||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:17.8043|
|14||38||Eggleston Motorsport||William Brown||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:20.7152|
|15||21||SCT Logistics||Jack Smith||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:20.8766|
|16||99||Wilson Security PAYCE GRM||Mason Barbera||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:21.6271|
|17||54||Eggleston Motorsport||Nathan Morcom||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:26.0843|
|18||50||Sherriff Electrical Racing||Gerard McLeod||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:29.9020|
|19||63||Eggleston Motorsport||Dominic Storey||Holden Commodore VF||21||27:52.4655|
|DNF||10||Grove Hire||Brenton Grove||Holden Commodore VF||20||29:52.9984|
|DNF||18||Auto One Albury||Matthew Chahda||Holden Commodore VF||19||24:32.8187|
|DNF||14||Payce||Macauley Jones||Holden Commodore VF||14||26:43.2482|
|DNF||49||Dynamic Supplies||Jordan Boys||Holden Commodore VF||12||15:41.6509|
* Post-race penalties for Cars #21, #38, #55, #63