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World Touring Car Cup

Jean-Karl Vernay


About Jean-Karl

Jean-Karl is a highly experienced and versatile driver, having been successful in a number of different motorsport series over his 16-year career. The Frenchman started in single-seaters, spending three years in the Formula 3 Euro series before moving to Indy Lights in 2010 where he won the championship in his debut season. He transitioned to GT racing, winning the 2012 Porsche Carrera Cup France. Jean-Karl then found success in the world of endurance racing, taking part in multiple seasons of the FIA World Endurance Championship and winning the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMGTE Am class in 2013. In 2016, he competed in the TCR International Series, winning the title in only his second season. He has raced in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup for three years, during which Jean-Karl has collected five race wins, twelve podiums and finished third overall in the 2020 season. Jean-Karl joined the Hyundai family later that year and competes in WTCR 2021 with the Elantra N TCR.

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Career

2020

FIA World Touring Car Cup
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Spain
Final classification: 3rd

2019

FIA World Touring Car Cup
Best result: 3rd overall, Race of Macau
Final classification: 10th

2018

FIA World Touring Car Cup
Best result: 1st overall, Race of Morocco, Race of the Netherlands, Wuhan Street Circuit, Race of Macau
Final classification: 5th

TCR Europe Touring Car Series
Best result: 1st overall, Spa-Francorchamps, Monza (x2)
Final classification: 2nd

2017

TCR International Series
Best result: 1st, Spa-Francorchamps, Zhejiang
Final classification: 1st

2016

TCR International Series
Best result: 1st, Spa-Francorchamps, Salzburgring, Marina Bay Street Circuit
Final classification: 3rd

2013

FIA World Endurance Championship
Best result: 1st, 24 Hours of Le Mans
Final classification: 3rd

Porsche Supercup
Best result: 9th, Monza
Final classification: 13th

2012

Porsche Carrera Cup France
Best result: 1st (x6)
Final classification: 1st

2010

Indy Lights
Best result: 1st, St. Petersburg, Alabama, Watkins Glen, Toronto, Sonoma
Final classification: 1st

2009

Formula 3 Euro Series
Best result: 1st, Hockenheimring (x2)
Final classification: 5th

2008

Formula 3 Euro Series
Best result: 2nd, Brands Hatch
Final classification: 8th

2007

Formula 3 Euro Series
Best result: 2nd, Magny-Cours
Final classification: 10th

Q&A

Q1.Who is your motorsport idol? 


Ludovic Baetz, my hero in karting. He showed me the passion of motorsport and helped me winning my spirit! I also liked Fisichella when I was young as we share the same first name and his helmet design inspired mine.

Q2.What are your hobbies?

Golf, ski touring and cycling. I also love traveling and discovering new places as I’m a fan of history, geography and architecture.

Q3.What is your ideal destination for a holiday?

A trip around South America with meat tasting in Argentina, a few days of skiing in Chile, before finishing in Costa Rica for a week at the beach surfing in Santa Teresa!

Q4.Which profession would you have chosen if you hadn’t become a race driver?


Actor! I did theatre when I was younger and always liked being in front of the camera. More seriously, I would have loved to have worked in sports media.

Q5.What is your favorite food? 


French and Italian cuisine, and Korean BBQ when I’m in Asia!

Q6.Describe yourself in 3 words


Determined, determined and determined!

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Personal data

Birthday:

31. Oct 1987

Place of birth:

Villeurbanne, France

Nationality:

French

Interests:

Golf, Skiing, Cycling

WTCR Facts

First Event:

Morocco 2018

First Victory:

Morocco 2018

Teammate:
With Hyundai:

2021

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