Garry Jacobson wrapped up the 2016 Supercars Dunlop Series Championship and achieved his career goal today at the Coates Hire Sydney 500.
The 24-year-old champion defeated his Prodrive teammate Jack Le Brocq in the point standings by 88 points after this weekend’s finale. Jacobson highlighted it was an “intense battle” for the championship lead throughout the season.
“What a great weekend, we just came out of the final race of the year and we are the Dunlop Series champions for 2016,” Jacobson said.
"Being involved with Prodrive Racing Australia for the first time and racing against Jack Le Brocq toe to toe, always pushing me outside of my comfort zone was a wonderful opportunity to learn.
“The appreciation I have for Tim Edwards and all the people at Prodrive, all my sponsors…to give something back is a really great highlight. I'm really proud that they've been with me for this journey and that we've been able to achieve this."
Despite finishing the Saturday and Sunday street races in fifth position, Jacobson emphasised his fifth places as a win as consistency throughout the season has granted him the end prize.
“My job was to keep it clean and off the walls this weekend,” Jacobson told Supercars.com.
While I was racing conservatively to win the championship, gaining the final pole position of the season was very satisfying - a great way to cap off a hard fought and very fast paced season.
“I was not wanting to fight…it’s been on repeat, a lot of people around Prodrive drivers, engineers and Tim Edwards himself said we just want you to finish so that was the expectation.
“We have taken massive risks all year in the last six rounds of the championship to give ourselves a good opportunity at the final round to take a step back and finish with a good points buffer."
The Shepparton native emphasised he is proud of his achievements this year.
“My first pole position and then converting that into my first round win at the Clipsal 500 showed a lot of people in the v8 supercar category that I have got the talent to do it,” Jacobson said.
“I am really proud of how I have handled this year, no penalties throughout the year and equal amount of pole positions to Jack Le Brocq for the year.
“The last three rounds I have converted poles, Sandown, Bathurst and here. I think the direction I have taken with the team and the direction they have taken with me has been the right one and I’m happy we have ended with results.”
The 2016 champ said he is really excited to be at the Supercars Gala Awards tomorrow evening, presenting a speech and receiving the 2016 Supercars Dunlop Series trophy.