Story

Jean-Karl VERNAY was born on 31 October 1987 in Villeurbanne (France). Trained at the karting and single-seater school, he is now an accomplished driver, winner in many categories in which he has participated and who stands out for his great versatility. Passionate about motor racing and sports in general, he is an avid golfer.

2000 – 2001

2000
Karting Cadets, 3rd in the French Championship.

2001
Junior Karting, 10th at the European Championship
• 1 pole position (Monaco Kart Cup).

2002 – 2003

2003
Karting. Sodikart Official Pilot.

2002
Junior Karting, 4th in the French Championship
• 1 second place (Monaco Kart Cup).

2004 – 2006

2004
Formula A Karting, French Team member, 21st in the World Championship, finalist in the Belgian Championship.

2005
Renault Campus formula.
• Champion, 12 podiums in 14 races, 6 wins.

2006
Formula Renault 2.0, team SG Formula.
• Vice-champion (2 wins and 3 pole positions, 7 podiums, 7 best laps, best rookie.

2007 – 2008

2007
Formula 3 Euro Series, team Dallara-Mercedes Signature. French Team member and Red Bull driver.
• 10th (1 podium) – 3rd rookie – 3rd of the European Masters F3 of Zandvoort.

2008
Formula 3 Euro Series, French Team member and Red Bull driver, Dallara-VW Signature team
• 8th (3 podiums).

2009 – 2010

2009
Formula 3 Euro Series, Dallara-VW Signature team, 5th, best Volkswagen driver (5 podiums, 2 wins).
• Pole position and 2nd in the Macau Grand Prix (FIA Intercontinental Cup Formula 3).
DTM test with Audi Sport. GT test with ABT.

2010
Firestone Indy Lights, Champion and best rookie, (5 wins, 9 podiums in 13 races, championship leader from start to finish of season.
• Best hope award in the U.S.A and in France.

2011

2011

Peugeot Sport test and reserve driver (908 HDI FAP) for the 24 Heures du Mans and the ILMC.

Indycar tests for Conquest Racing.

ILMC champion LM P2 class with Signatech-Nissan team (today Signatec-Alpine).

DTM tests with BMW Motorsport.

2012

2012

Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup France with the Sébastien Loeb Racing team.
• 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup Champion. 13 podiums/14 races, 4 wins, 4 pole positions, 3 best laps.

2013 – 2014

2013
Porsche Supercup with MRS GT-Racing team. 9 races, 29 points. Best place: 9th (Monza).
• 24 Heures du Mans: GTE Am class winner with IMSA Performance Matmut team (Bourret/Narac/Vernay).
• WEC: 3rd in the championship with Imsa Performance Matmut. 1 win, 2 podiums.

2014
Super GT in Japan. Honda official driver (Weider Modulo Dome Racing team) – NSX Concept-GT. 3 races – best result: 5th.

GT Asia. Absolute Racing team. 2 meetings and podium in Shanghai with Gilles Vannelet (2nd) with the Bentley Continental GT 3.

2015 – 2016

2015
Blancpain Endurance Series. With his team-mates Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns, Jean-Karl Vernay signs 1 victory and 2 podiums on the Audi R8 LMS of the WRT team and wins the team title in Pro Cup class.
Audi R8 LMS Cup China. 2 races, 2 pole positions, 1 win, 1 podium!

GT Asia. 2 races on the Bentley Continental GT (Absolute Racing team) with Jeffrey Lee (16 points).

2016
TCR International Series with Leopard Racing Team WRT. Jean-Karl Vernay discovers front wheel drive and Golf GTI TCR within a team where he meets the reigning world champion. With 3 pole positons, 3 victories and 4 podiums, he climbed in the first year in the top of the series with a 3rd final place in the championship.

2017

2017

TCR International Series. For his second year in TCR, Jean-Karl Vernay makes the Golf GTI and his Leopard Racing team shine. Regular at the highest level throughout a season where he has 8 podiums and 1 victory, JK Vernay wins the 4th title of his career by winning the pilot title: 2017 TCR International Series Champion!