Shepparton-native Garry Jacobson has an impressive junior formula resume. But, after some leaner years following a Formula Ford accident in 2012, he is now capitalising on securing the best seat in the house as he pilots his Prodrive Racing Australia Ford Falcon FG X to some strong results in the Dunlop Development Series.
V8X Supercar Magazine profiles Prodrive Racing Australia's Dunlop Series drivers in issue #93.
Issue #93 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.
CLICK HERE for more information on V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93.
Is it unfair to call a 24 year-old a "late bloomer"? Probably. Then there's other bandied about phrases that may apply, like "flying under the radar". And us media types often use the phrase "rising star" about any driver who is young, though the rising part is not always as easy to predict.
So where does that leave Jacobson, the guy who is making a very firm mark on the 2016 Dunlop Series among a bunch of rising stars and experienced main-game co-drivers?
The truth is, if you've taken notice of the junior ranks of Australian motorsport in recent years, you'd know Jacobson has been there or thereabouts for quite a while, which either makes his rise to the list of "main-game drivers in waiting" unusual, remarkable or just plain obvious.
One of the important factors in his winning attitude is the valuable links and opportunities to learn from within the Prodrive stable.
"I think the tie in from DVS to main game from drivers to engineers is a lot closer, so it's a great experience for me and I'm very happy to be a part of it," says Jacobson.
"I see Tim Edwards and all the team every week. I'm part of that bonding situation with the team and the drivers."
"I learn a lot more with them because they are happy to teach me the ropes. I trained with Mark Winterbottom in Thailand this year where we had time away from the cameras and away from other people outside racing to just focus one-on-one. We got to know each other really well, as well as Chaz Mostert, Cameron Waters, Chris Pither and my teammate Jack Le Brocq. We all got along."
"I'm very hungry to succeed this year, as I've had some bad luck with injuries but I've put it all behind me now and I'm training very hard with Phil Young at GP Human Performance.
"I've also been working with sports psychologist Noel Blundell based in Melbourne. I've covered every area I can outside the race car."
CLICK HERE to purchase the print edition of V8X Supercar Magazine issue #93 to read the full feature.