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GARRY’S PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERCARS SUPPORTS WRAP – FRIDAY

Garry Jacobson claims opening Super2 race at Phillip Island - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Garry Jacobson claims opening Super2 race at Phillip Island – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

THE OPENING race of round three in Dunlop Super 2, the major support category at Supercars’ WD-40 Phillip Island 500, has been won by Garry Jacobson driving a PRA Ford Falcon FG/X ahead of Matt White Motorsport team mates Jack Le Brocq and Shae Davies in their Nissan Altimas.

Le Brocq was fastest qualifier and led until a safety car in the second half of the race allowed Jacobson to close and launch a successful bid for the lead on the final lap. Davies finished third ahead of Anton de Pasquale (Paul Morris Motorsport FG/X), Todd Hazelwood (Matt Stone Racing Holden Commodore VF) and Eggleston Motorsport VF team mates Paul Dumbrell and Will Brown.

Tyler Greenbury sets new record pace in Kumho V8 Touring Cars - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Tyler Greenbury sets new record pace in Kumho V8 Touring Cars – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

This event is the first time that the unofficial third tier of Supercars join the main game and the Super2 at the one meeting. As the rain pelted down, the Kumho Tyre V8 Touring Cars Series were first out on track, and as expected times were well off target.

For their second session, conditions were far better with times approaching Garry Jacobson’s category record from last year. Tyler Greenbury, racing for Eggleston Motorsport in a Holden Commodore VE2, finished the day quickest ahead of Josh Smith (Image Racing Ford Falcon FG) and the Commodores of Jack Smith (Brad Jones Racing) and Geoff Emery.

Mason Barbera fastest in the Utes at Phillip Island - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Mason Barbera fastest in the Utes at Phillip Island – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

It was the seasoned V8 Ute brigade that showed the way over the two practice sessions with Ford Falcon FGs one-two-three. Mason Barbera was quickest ahead of Marcus Zukanovic and three-time series winner Ryal Harris. Best of the Holden Commodore VEs was veteran Kim Jane in fourth.

Ben Grice leads the Toyota 86's in practice at Phillip Island - Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

Ben Grice leads the Toyota 86’s in practice at Phillip Island – Photo: Dirk Klynsmith

In two tightly contested Toyota 86 Racing Series practice sessions, Ben Grice emerged fastest overall ahead of Aaron Seton, Cameron Hill, Aaron Cameron and Damon Strongman. Guest drivers joining the list of experienced and newbies were Warren Luff and Jason Bargwanna who finished ninth and 14th respectively ahead of qualifying for the opening round tomorrow.