Jean-Karl Vernay carried out a flawless performance at Navarra by dominating the 5th leg of the French Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup. With the best lap time at both of the free practices, owner of both pole positions, followed by a pair of one-man shows during each race, the Sébastien Loeb Racing driver simultaneously seizes the championship front position. Now, one must wait in anticipation until the 27th and the 28th of next October to witness the final showdown, at Paul Ricard HTTT.
It’s useless to give a detailed account of the Villeurbanne-native’s race at the Navarra track. A glance at the timesheets and ranking tables is enough! It is evident that the gap was clearly established and that any existing suspense present was due to the battle for 2nd place. More importantly, Jean-Karl is now in a position to fight for the title in his very first Porsche Matmut Carerra Cup season: “Winning this way, especially on a track that neither I nor my team was familiar with, is terrific. I personally feel consistently more at ease at the wheel of the Porsche, I’m improving and I’m enjoying myself. Sébastien Loeb Racing did a great job and we can always count on a top engineer and Cup expert that goes by the name of Jean-Pierre Béchu.”
The battle of the title will be between Jean-Karl Vernay and Come Ledogar, with an 8-point gap in favour of the former. However, at Paul Ricard, the presence of the vice-champion of the Porsche Supercup, Kevin Estre, promises to stir up the competition. “Kevin is a good benchmark, my goal will be to beat him and to clinch a third championship title in three years!” Keep in mind that Jean-Karl was the Firestone Indy Lights champion in the USA in 2010 and that last year he shared the LMP2 championship title of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup with the Signatech-Nissan team.
The Porsche Matmut Carrera Cup will take a break for seven weeks before announcing its verdict in the Var region of France. Jean-Karl also plans to take advantage of this downtime to secure his future…
Source : Jean-Karl Vernay