Jean-Karl Vernay arrived as always with a lot of desire: “I really like the circuit – you have to be fluid and bring speed. I have always been fast here, so I am quite optimistic for this round. I hope we can continue to have good results and score important points for the championship. My goal is to do my best in qualifying. We’ll see where we are in relation to the others and maybe play a bit more with tenth place to put us in a good position for the reverse grid in Race 1. “
Disappointed hope as Jean-Karl Vernay could only qualify in P16. “We are not where we wanted to be, in the top 10, Q2 was the goal,” said the Frenchman. “We had a lack of progression. Norbi, at home, is looking to achieve something great, but we couldn’t improve. The car was very good, but lacked performance. We have a lot of compensation weight, that’s part of the explanation.”
Indeed, the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing team’s results were determined by the difficult qualifying, with both cars failing to reach Q2: P15 for Luca Engstler and P16 for Vernay.
In Race 1, the driver of the #69 Hyundai Elantra N TCR fought hard within the field, but several contacts with other competitors affected his car’s performance. From 16th on the grid, he finished 14th. In Race 2, he gained several places to pass the chequered flag in 13th position.
With these disappointing results, “Jay-Kay” lost his leading position – he is now 3rd – but not his fighting spirit to bounce back during the last four rounds of the season, even if on the heat of the moment it was disappointment that dominated. “I am happy that this weekend is over. We missed our qualifying yesterday and that affected our results today. Finishing 13th and 14th was not the result we expected. At least we are only 40 points behind the new leader of the drivers’ championship, but there are no other positives from this weekend.”