FIA WTCR - Race of France - 15-17/10/2021 - For his "home" race, Jean-Karl Vernay did not miss the opportunity to shine. In the wake of his great victory in the PURE ETCR Super Final, he jumped out of the seat of his Hyundai Veloster N ETCR to take the steering wheel of his Hyundai Elantra N TCR and sign the victory in Race 2 of the WTCR. Big program, big results!
Right from the start, the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing driver performed very well on the hilly circuit of Pau-Arnos, qualifying for Q3 where he set the 2nd fastest time.
Disappointed at not getting pole position, Vernay made up for it by getting a great start in Race 2 and taking the lead as he approached the first chicane. He took advantage of the battle behind him to open up a substantial gap, but the safety car’s entry into the track reduced his efforts to nothing.
No matter! On the restart, “Jay-J-Kay” showed all his determination, resisted the pressure to complete the last lap of the race and take his second victory of the season.
Starting eighth in Race 1 on a reverse grid, Vernay moved up a spot on the first lap to seventh before the safety car cut off the momentum of the field. In the final laps, he moved up one place to sixth and took valuable points for the championship.
With this victory at home, the Frenchman climbed from 5th to 2nd place in the drivers’ standings, 16 points behind the leader. There are two rounds left (Italy and Russia). It promises to be a great end to the season!
Jean-Karl Vernay was satisfied with this very successful weekend: “I got a good start in Race 2 and after taking the lead over Yvan, it was a matter of controlling him and managing the tires to make sure I would stay competitive until the end of the race. It’s easy to make mistakes here, I had to stay focused, which I did. I would like to say a big thank you to the team. I am very happy to be back in the fight for the championship and to have achieved a great performance this weekend. I was disappointed to miss the pole yesterday, but we had a good Sunday, and that was important.”