Shepparton racer Garry Jacobson has been heralded as one of the standout co-drivers for this year’s Enduro Cup campaign.
Supercars legends Mark Skaife and Russell Ingall chose their three standout performers with young guns Richie Stanaway, Matt Campbell and Jacobson making the cut.
Stanaway and Campbell finished third and fourth in the points from the three events, while Jacobson was 13th with Jason Bright.
Jacobson, the 2016 Super2 champion, finished the Enduro Cup as the best-placed rookie with Ford’s Prodrive racing team.
Ingall delivered his praise on Jacobson during Thursday’s edition of Inside Supercars on Fox Sports, stating Jacobson made the most of his opportunities.
“He grabbed this thing and had a big stab at it. He’s auditioning (for his future) and it always worries me about co-drivers auditioning, because most of the time they do end up in a barrier or sitting at the end of Conrod Straight somewhere,’’ Ingall said.
“But he grabbed it and went, ‘this is my chance to shine’ and all through the endurance campaign ran with it, punched it out and it’s put him on the board.
“Everyone’s talking about him, he’s achieved the goal.”
That goal came despite a tough start at Sandown, where he was not on the pace and earned the car a penalty for its wheels spinning during a pitstop, having left it in gear when he got out.
The 25-year-old bounced back well at Bathurst with a wet stint, before even leading arguably Australia’s greatest race, receiving a hero’s reception in the Prodrive garage at its conclusion.
There was more of the same with another strong run in the treacherous Saturday Gold Coast conditions.
Jacobson will now turn his attention to improving his seventh-placed ladder position in the Super2 Series when he competes in the final event this season in Newcastle later this month.