2020 Supercars grid continues to take shape as Jacobson lands MSR drive

The 2020 Supercars grid continues to take shape, with Matt Stone Racing confirming Garry Jacobson will join an expanding line-up for next season.

2016 Super2 champion Jacobson stepped up to the main game this year with Kelly Racing, but was left without a drive when the former Nissan operation announced plans to scale back to a two-car Mustang program from next season.

It didn’t take long for Jacobson to land a new drive, however, with the 27-year-old to steer one of two Triple Eight built cars for next season.

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The announcement has helped confirm one half of the MSR stable, with the other believed to be a two-car share model. Super2 drivers Zane Goddard and Kurt Kostecki have been linked to the new program.

MSR rose into the main game in 2018 after winning the previous year’s Super2 crown with Todd Hazelwood. MSR and Hazelwood achieved mixed results across 2018 and 2019, with the driver since confirmed at Brad Jones Racing following Tim Slade’s departure.

On Wednesday, Slade was confirmed as series champion Scott McLaughlin’s co-driver at Shell V-Power Racing.

Jacobson said he was “absolutely thrilled” to make the move to MSR as it readies for a maiden two-car campaign.

“The move for me is pretty exciting to be honest, the team has now had 12 months with a Triple Eight Race Engineering-built car, so I walk through the door with the team being comfortable with the equipment they’ll be providing me,” said Jacobson.

“Additionally, having a second car alongside in the garage will be a huge advantage and it will be a big year for everyone with that expansion.”

Stone said Jacobson, who finished 23rd in a trying maiden full-time season in 2019, is the perfect fit for the team as it looks to help young drivers take the springboard into the championship.

“MSR is excited about the 2020 season ahead, and very pleased to secure Garry Jacobson as part of the expansion of the team,” he said.

“Garry has showcased his driving talent across many classes and we look forward to building success together.

“Garry fits firmly with MSR’s mission to support and build young drivers into champions.”

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