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Sep 5, 2016

JACOBSON HEADS COMPETITIVE KUMHO V8 FIELD FOR PHILLIP ISLAND

 

A Supercars young-gun will join the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car series field this weekend at the Phillip Island Grand Prix circuit – and may well spice up the championship battle in the process.

Dunlop Series hard-charger Garry Jacobson will make his Kumho series debut this weekend, driving a FG Ford Falcon entered by MW Motorsport.

The young Victorian ace is set to provide additional competition to runaway series leader Taz Douglas, who has now won nine races and three rounds in a row – equalling the all-time series record.

“We’ve been in touch with Garry for five or six years though the DVS and we had a mutual contact that was interested in doing something this weekend,” team owner Matthew White said.

“We have been keen to get back in the Kumho series and it’s great to be able to do it with Garry.

"It works for him getting mileage before his next run because there’s been such a big gap in the DVS calendar – so it ticks boxes on multiple fronts.”

MW Motorsport is no stranger to the Kumho Series, finishing runners up last year with teenager Alex Rullo behind the wheel of one of the team’s Falcons.

White is also former Kumho Series regular behind the wheel, while a strong appearance for the team at Sandown earlier this year proved the team remains a hugely competitive force – finishing second outright with Bryce Fullwood.

“We had a one-off appearance with Bryce, which was more about him getting miles at Sandown as he hadn’t driven there before. It was a good little project and we had some good results but didn’t quite beat Taz,” White continued.

“He’s a good benchmark and a seasoned campaigner so we’ll see how this weekend goes.”

Douglas, who also sits sixth in the Dunlop Series standings, returns to his THR Developments VE Commodore this weekend holding a commanding 122-point championship lead following victories in all three of the five rounds contested.

Image Racing Falcon driver Tyler Greenbury sits second in the standings, narrowly in front of Brad Jones Racing young-gun Josh Smith.

The pair have both been impressive this year with Smith scoring a pole position on his Kumho series debut while Greenbury has established himself as a regular podium finisher.

A strong weekend from ring-in Jacobsen could also help the young pair in their pursuit of the series leader, and the MW Motorsport driver potentially taking points away from Douglas to keep Greenbury and Smith in the title fight ahead of the final round set Sydney Motorsport Park this October.

They are both being chased by experienced hands Chris Smerdon and Jim Pollicina, who sit fourth and fifth on the outright leaderboard and are both coming off podium finishes at the most recent Kumho Series round held in Queensland.

Smerdon trails an outright championship podium position by just 20 points heading into the final two rounds, with Pollicina a further 11 points further back in fifth place.

Ex-Tasman Motorsport VE Commodore driver Pollicina has a comfortable lead in the Kumho Series Privateers standings – 100 points ahead of nearest rival, Michael Anderson.

The 16-strong grid set for Phillip Island includes noted Saloon Car racer Mark Primmer, who will make his series debut aboard the ex-Jason Bright BF Falcon raced to plenty of Kumho Series success in the past by Tony Evangelou.

The popular ex-DJR EL Ford Falcon of Troy Stapleton will also return to the grid, as will fast Queenslander Shane Hunt and Victorian Leigh Moran – who will line up in an Image Racing prepared BA Falcon.

Three races make up the fourth round of the Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car Series this weekend at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit.

Kumho Tyre Australian V8 Touring Car entry list

No.

Class

Sponsor

Driver

State

Vehicle

4

Priv

Kustom Workz/Supercar Parts & Sales

Shane Hunt

QLD

Ford Falcon BF

7

Priv

MoComm Msports Communications

Jim Pollicina

NSW

Commodore VE

8

Priv

Poco/Simon's Earthworks

Steve Briffa

NSW

Commodore VZ

11

Priv

Kenwood Homes

Michael Anderson

NSW

Ford Falcon BF

13

Pro

Image Racing/Lubrimaxx

Tyler Greenbury

QLD

Ford Falcon FG

14

Pro

Brad Jones Racing

Joshua Smith

QLD

Commodore VE ll

16

Pro

Image Racing/Lubrimaxx

Leigh Moran

VIC

Ford Falcon BA

17

Priv

Newton Motorsport/Petewell Engineering

Troy Stapleton

VIC

Ford Falcon EL

18

Priv

Wake Up/Side Bar

Warren Millett

NSW

Commodore VZ

25

Priv

Savs Auto Electric/Westco Equip

Dean Kovacevich

WA

Commodore VE ll

26

Pro

McQuinn Electrical

Garry Jacobson

VIC

Ford Falcon FG

39

Pro

Vectra Corp/Lubrimaxx

Chris Smerdon

SA

Ford Falcon FG

41

Pro

Dial Before You Dig

Mark Primmer

VIC

Ford Falcon BF

45

Pro

SA Racing Logist/THR Developments

Taz Douglas

VIC

Commodore VE ll

66

Pro

Unichip Dynomotive

Jack Sipp

QLD

Commodore VE ll

88

Priv

Simon's Earthworks/WARLORD

Simon Emerzidis

NSW

Commodore VZ