Shepparton racer Garry Jacobson fought back from early adversity to produce a strong weekend of results in the Dunlop Super2 series.
At Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway, the 25-year-old could not overcome an unlucky qualifying session where the action was called off just as he started his final run.
Starting from 13th on the grid in race one he fought hard, but did not make up much ground on a ferocious field of rivals, finishing 12th.
But the rising star does not go down without a fight and produced a stellar drive for third in race two, before backing it up with fourth in race three.
The Shepparton flyer said the Sunday of racing had been much more pleasing.
‘‘The MEGA Racing Nissan was great over a single lap, but across the full race, it was a little hotter than what it should have been,’’ Jacobson said.
‘‘Having worked through it with the MWM team, we made some changes and I could feel the difference which saw us move forward today.”
Mild amounts of rain made for an absolute scrap of a race three, a six-car brawl making for some dynamic racing.
‘‘I must admit that I did smile a little when I saw some raindrops on the windscreen,” Jacobson said.
‘‘I thought it might present some opportunities to pick up on some mistakes from others and grab some points.
‘‘The final race (on Sunday) was awesome, I was critical of us as a category and group of drivers after Tasmania, but this weekend, we could bang doors and not take each other out — then after the race all have a laugh and recount it.
‘‘It was a perfect comeback — hard racing, but enjoyable and as a category we should celebrate that.’’
Fifth overall in the championship, Jacobson said he was well positioned to make a move up the rankings.
‘‘There are only a handful of points between second in the championship and fifth where I am at right now, so leaving Perth, I’m pretty happy,’’ he said.
‘‘We’ve gained a lot as a team this weekend and there is more to come from the MEGA Racing Nissan ahead of Townsville, so stay tuned — we’ve got a bit up our sleeve and plenty to do between now and then.’’