Nissan newcomer Jacobson takes Super2 pole

  • Dunlop Super2 Series
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  • 02/03/2018
  • By Mitchell Adam

MW Motorsport recruit Garry Jacobson beat Paul Dumbrell to ARMOR ALL Pole Position for the opening race of the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series at the Adelaide 500.

It was Jacobson, in his first event in the Nissan Altima, and Eggleston Motorsport mainstay Dumbrell that spent the bulk of the session at the top.

The pair traded times early, with a 1:21.6625s putting two-time series winner Dumbrell four tenths clear.

Brodie Kostecki and then Jacobson displaced Dumbrell at the top, with Jacobson turning a 1.21.4376s and 1:21.3042s on consecutive laps.

The latter came despite clouting the tyre bundle at Turn 1, and broke the Super2 lap record for the Adelaide street circuit.

It had Jacobson 0.3507 seconds clear at the top with six minutes to go, when Dumbrell further lowered the benchmark to a 1:21.1583s.

Dumbrell then pitted his Eggleston Motorsport Commodore and opted to sit out the end of the session.

Inside the final minute, Jacobson capitalised to lower the new lap record even further to 1:20.9223s, for his sixth Super2 pole.

Dumbrell wound up second, 0.2360s adrift, while Thursday pacesetter Macauley Jones and Jacobson’s MW team-mate Alex Rullo made late gains to third and fourth.

Last year’s top rookie, Will Brown was fifth in the second of the four Eggleston Commodores, while Brodie Kostecki made a mistake on his final flying lap and did not improve.

Sixth does, though, still beat his previous-best Super2 grid position of 12th, in his first event aboard a current-generation Supercar.

Kurt Kostecki will join his cousin on the third row in Friday afternoon’s opening race, while Shae Davies, Chris Pither and leading rookie Thomas Randle complete the top 10.

Dean Fiore was 11th in the third Altima, after a near miss with team-mate Rullo regrouping from a slide through Turn 8.

In his first event with 2017 title winner Matt Stone Racing, Bryce Fullwood was only 16th, after engine problems with his ex-DJR Team Penske Falcon in practice.

The opening, 19-lap race of the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series starts at 4:25pm local time on Friday.

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