Shane Jacobson returns for Quit Forest Rally
- 19th March 2012, 8:32am
Jacobson competed in the Kumho sponsored Mitsubishi Evolution 6 prepared by Rallyschool.com.au's Mick Ryan in the season opener, Rally Calder presented by East Coast Bullbars and finished 12th outright in the four wheel drive championship with a new found love for rallying.
He'll be put through his paces when the Bosch ARC heads to the forest in Western Australia but Jacobson says he's looking forward to getting back behind the wheel the Rallyschool.com.au Kumho car.
"I had an absolute ball at my debut in the Bosch Australian Rally Championship opening event at Rally Calder in Melbourne. I didn't come first, didn't come last, didn't pick up trophy but did pick up a bug that has turned into a full blown virus. It's called Rallyitis. The only known cure is to race again... so I am going to Perth for a full dose of medicine,'" explained Jacobson.
"The only way this drug can be administered is by driving incredibly fast through a forest. The reason for this is the drug is on the edge of every tree in the forest and our job is to narrowly scrape every tree in the forest and when you cross the finish line you are temporarily cured for another week."
Jacobson is also cautious of the challenges the Quit Forest Rally poses over his debut at Rally Calder and welcomes the danger the forest will bring.
He continued, "If you hit one of the trees and take a full dose then that's considered medically unsafe, hence the expression fully sick, but for someone so sick I have never felt more alive in my life. I can't wait till round two of the Bosch ARC at the Quit Forest Rally."
Jacobson is a self-confessed car enthusiast and when the opportunity presented itself to compete in Rally Calder he leapt at it. In between feeding his passion for motorsport Jacobson is an AFI award winning actor appearing in films such as Kenny and Charlie and Boots and is soon to appear in the Bourne series with Matt Damon.
According to Scott Pedder, CEO of the Bosch Australian Rally Championship, Jacobson's return is confirmation that the Bosch ARC is one of the most enjoyable forms of motorsport in Australia.
"Having Shane Jacobson compete in the ECB Rally Calder event was a massive coup for the Bosch ARC and his return for the Quit Forest Rally of Western Australia shows how much fun he had at Rally Calder," said Scott Pedder.
"We are very excited to have Jacobson competing in a traditional rally as well as our festival of speed at Rally Calder. Rally Calder was designed to introduce the masses to rallying and for our guest driver to want more says the event succeeded in its objective."
The Bosch Australian Rally Championship continues with the Quit Forest Rally of Western Australia held March 31 - April 1. The championship then heads to Queensland May 26-27 for the International Rally of Queensland, the Scouts Rally of South Australia July 28-29. The Coffs Coast Rally will be held October 13-14 before Rally Victoria concludes the championship November 9-10.
More than 2.5 million Australians will see the Bosch ARC on TV in 2012 and the series will generate more than 36 hours of national television across the Ten/One HD network - a media equivalency value exceeding $6 million. The Bosch Australian Rally Championship has also re-signed multi-national fuel and lubricant giant BP as the primary fuel supplier and Korean tyre giant Kumho as the exclusive tyre supplier for the championship for the third year.
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