WTCR Trophy: first success for Jean-Karl Vernay!

FIA WTCR 2020 Germany

WTCR - Nürburgring - 09/26/2020 • The most fascinating round in the FIA WTCR calendar, taking place on the 25,378 kilometers of the Nürburgring's legendary Nordschleife has seen the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris shining.

In action with Jean-Karl Vernay, Team Mulsanne has harvested a 9th in Race-1 and a 6th in Race-2, which have brought the first success among the cars of the WTCR Trophy, the new competition introduced this year in the series promoted by Eurosport.

The French driver has put together two great charges, in a weekend marked by the constantly changing weather conditions, a tradition in the track dubbed the ‘Green hell’. Eighth in Thursday’s qualifying session, at sunset and on a dry track, the Italian team has reacted well to the arrival of the rain, making good use of the new Goodyear tyres.

In Race-1, the Frenchman has climbed back to 9th, after starting from the back of the grid because of an engine change. In Race-2, on the Saturday, he conquered a valuable P6, defended fiercely in the closing phases. The results meant victory in the WTCR Trophy, where Vernay is second in the standings with 29 points, while in the Overall classification he lies 8th with 37 points.

The FIA WTCR next round is scheduled on 10-11 October at the Slovakia Ring, a track theoretically favorable to the cars built in Opera, which will have the traditional form of 3 races and will see the return of the ‘wild card’ Luca Filippi.

Jean-Karl Vernay
“I had to drive at ‘250%’.  We are a small structure compared to the other teams and our program was set up at the last minute. So we are discovering each other every day. So this result is very positive. We have done some good things, the start of the season has been pretty good. In the dry I was super fast and super happy with the car as I discovered it in wet conditions. The team reacted well to the arrival of the rain and we made the new Goodyear tires work well. Race 2 was quite tricky, I had to defend a lot against Muller and it was hard because they have an absolutely fantastic car. I had to push 250% to keep Yvan behind me. But it was good, I really enjoyed it and we scored some good points. I’m very proud of Romeo Ferraris and the work we did this weekend. Let’s keep pushing”.

Michela Cerruti, Romeo Ferraris Operations Manager
“We are satisfied of the weekend at the Nordschleife, which yielded positive overall results and the great satisfaction to conquer together with Jean-Karl Vernay our first success in the WTCR Trophy. On a track so challenging and treacherous, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris has proven competitive in all track and grip conditions. We see it as revenge on a track where we lived many misfortunes in the past. We now look ahead to the rest of the 2020 top global series with renewed confidence and look forward to the next stop at the Slovakia Ring, where we will have again two cars on track, with Luca Filippi as our wild card”.

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Race 1 results:
1 – E. Guerrieri / ARG / All-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / 3 Laps
2 – Y. Muller / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk & Co 03 / +3.385
3 – Y. Ehrlacher / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk & Co 03 / +3.999

9 – JK. Vernay / FRA / Mulsanne Srl / Alfa Romeo Giulietta / +39.521

Race 2 results:
1 – Y. Ehrlacher / FRA / Cyan Racing Lynk & Co / Lynk & Co 03 / 3 laps
2 – T. Björk / SWE / Cyan Performance Lynk & Co / +5.835
3 – A. Tassi / HUN / All-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport / Honda Civic / +11.971

6 – JK. Vernay / FRA / Mulsanne Srl / Alfa Romeo Giulietta / +22.454

WTCR driver’s standing:
1 – Y. Ehrlacher / 92 p.
2 – N. Girolami / 61 p.
3 – T. Björk / 61 p.

8 – JK. Vernay / 37 p.

WTCR Trophy driver’s standing:
1 – T. Coronel / 39 p.
2 – JK. Vernay / 29 p.
3 – G. Magnus / 22 p.