The 2010 Indy Lights champion, Jean-Karl Vernay, aspires to take home the 2012 Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup crown for Sebastien Loeb Racing in their opening season, despite it being his first experience in the championship. Without preliminary training, he displayed a burst of speed right from the beginning at the season opener in Lédenon by securing a pole position and a spot on the podium. At the Pau Grand Prix, the boss himself, Sebastien Loeb, came to join the festivities, officially remaining outside of the championship. “JK” fulfilled his mission by finishing on the heels of the eight-time Rally world champion in both races. Consequently, he put himself back in the running for the title race.
Adapting to the very specific steering and driving techniques of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup does not seem to have been a challenge. “I am now 2nd in the championship and the teams we face are very competitive and experienced. The skill of the drivers will be the determining factor. I enjoyed driving the Porsche at Pau as much as when I drove here in Formula 3, even if it is evidently quite different. In fact, it’s almost more difficult to smoothly manoeuver the track with the 911 because you have to operate with a degree of vigilance in areas that you would drive all-out in the single-seater. I would like to thank Sebastien Loeb Racing: truly an excellent organization with a fantastic atmosphere as well as an abundance of seasoned professionals. The attention to detail is continuous, so much so that I occasionally feel as though I am in company with a factory team.”
Jean Karl knows what he is talking about, considering the fact that he should have been at the wheel of a Peugeot 908 this year in the Endurance World Championship. The last four races of the Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup are a priority, yet he hopes to incorporate other discipline areas into his 2012 program, such as Le Mans prototypes, GT models or Touring Cars. All programs in which, given the opportunity, his prior experience would work wonders.
Source : Jean-Karl Vernay