Jean-Karl Vernay joins Veloster N ETCR program as test and development driver
- Jean-Karl Vernay has joined Hyundai Motorsport’s Veloster N ETCR project as a second test and development driver alongside Augusto Farfus
- The Frenchman brings both rear-wheel-drive and TCR experience to the project and will take his first laps in the coming weeks as work on the chassis and major components continues
- Full details of his 2021 program as a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing driver will be announced in due course.
Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay has joined Hyundai Motorsport’s Veloster N ETCR program as a test and development driver, alongside Augusto Farfus, as the project continues to gather momentum.
His joining the Veloster N ETCR project as a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing driver comes as the development work on the program gains pace. After it was the first car to be fitted with the final-specification e-kit in Summer 2020 Hyundai Motorsport has embarked on an extensive testing program. The aims of this have been not only to get the best from the Hyundai Veloster N ETCR – the first electric-powered, and first rear-wheel driven design built by the company – but also to work together with the specialists representing the makers of the key components of the e-kit common to all ETCR cars.
The addition of Vernay to the test team will allow that work to increase in pace. He will also add another important voice to the feedback for the engineers, with both his TCR and rear-wheel-drive experience giving him a wealth of knowledge to draw on. Between him and Augusto Farfus they will be able to ensure that the final specification of both the car and e-kit fulfil their massive potential for high-performance.
Though a new name to the ranks of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Vernay is no stranger to TCR-style racing. Following a glittering career in junior single-seater formulae he made the switch to Touring Cars for 2016 and immediately found success. After taking three wins in his first season in the TCR International Series he was crowned champion in 2017 before moving over to the FIA WTCR grid, where has been a regular contender for race victories.
Vernay will turn his first laps at the wheel of the Veloster N ETCR in the coming weeks. Full details of his 2021 program as a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing driver will be announced at a later time.
Hyundai Motorsport Team Principal Andrea Adamo said: “Jean-Karl Vernay is the perfect fit to be a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing driver. He has a lot of experience, and success, in TCR racing and throughout the motorsport world. His first focus with us will be working alongside Augusto Farfus on the development of the Veloster N ETCR. From the first tests in the next weeks his feedback will help our engineers, and those from the ETCR suppliers, to continue their work as everything builds towards the first competitive events. However, I am confident that whatever cars and roles he takes with Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing projects we can expect excellent results.”
Jean-Karl Vernay said: “I’m very happy to be joining the Veloster N ETCR project as a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing driver. When I was presented with the opportunity it was one I couldn’t miss. To work with a big manufacturer is always fantastic, and Hyundai Motorsport have a long term vision that I’m excited to be part of. I know Augusto Farfus and the engineers have already put a lot of work into the chassis and e-kit components. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of that, but also playing a role myself in the development of the car in the weeks and months to come so the Veloster N ETCR can be just as successful as Hyundai’s previous TCR designs.”