Dunlop Super2 regular Garry Jacobson was a standout driver in the MEGA Fuels Ford which saw him being used as a primary driver over the full-timer Jason Bright.
The MEGA Fuels entry was the highest placed Prodrive-run Ford at the finish (8th-place) of the 1000km endurance classic but wasn’t the standout car from the Victorian-based team which belonged to the Monster Energy Ford.
Prodrive elected to run Jacobson more laps than most of the entered endurance driver, with Bright doing fewer laps than the reigning Super2 champion.
“I feel great. A top ten on your debut at Bathurst is something to be proud of,” Jacobson said.
“The first stint was just absolutely great fun. I think Brighty did a really good job all weekend just keeping me calm and settled, and just helped me think clearly and do what I needed to do.”
“Massive thanks to Prodrive for sticking with me, I was disappointed with my effort at Sandown, but when I got out of the car and got a good cheer after that first stint it was great to be able to give back a good result and a smile to the team.”
Bright hails his co-driver’s performance in the wet conditions, even earned himself to remain in the car for the majority of the laps which help them led to a top ten finish.
“There were periods of the race where we were really strong,” Bright said.
“Garry did an awesome job today. I didn’t think we had the pace there in the drying conditions there at the end that the guys were doing at the front, and if we tried I felt like I wasn’t going to bring it home.”
“So we had to make sure that we finished in the end. I’m happy with eighth. It’s not really where we wanted to be. I think we could have been a lot further up, given the pace we had in full dry conditions, but I nearly stuck it in a couple times in the last 20 laps, so I’m happy just to make it to the end.”
After an average for the other side of the Prodrive garages, the 1977 Allan Moffat tribute scheme Falcon found the wall late in the race with Winterbottom behind the wheel.
Winterbottom was looking set for a top-five finish but leaves with a non-finish and a damage race car.
“Pretty average day to be honest,” Winterbottom said.
“We ended up back up front at the end there, but we just didn’t have the pace. Just the way to finish, that’s the dampener really.”
“One lap to go and you crash, I don’t know what happened, just lost the rear. I was trying to push on because we didn’t have the pace, but that’s the thing I’m gutted about most.”
“Not the result, just the damage for no reward. Frustrating day.”
This drops Winterbottom to a lowly tenth in the championship standings.