Jean-Karl Vernay pulls out of Sunday races at Queensland due to illness

Jean-Karl Vernay pulls out of Sunday races at Queensland due to illness

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After winning on his TCR Australia debut at Queensland Raceway yesterday, WTCR driver Jean-Karl Vernay has been forced to withdraw from the Sunday’s two races due to a bout of illness.

The Frenchman put together the perfect first outing after scoring Audi’s first pole in the series.

The 2017 International TCR champion looked to have the measure of the field, and was unchallenged throughout the race.

It has emerged that today he arrived at the circuit feeling unwell, and after seeking medical advice has decided it best to not take part in the action today.

Melbourne Performance Centre, whom Vernay was racing for, has decided to enter the car with third-generation Australian racing driver Aaron Seton at the wheel.

“It is a real shame about the situation that we have with JK,” said Troy Russell, managing director of the Melbourne Performance Centre squad.

“After taking pole position and the win yesterday, we were really looking forward to building on those results.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to get Aaron Seton to drive the car in JK’s absence. His name needs no introduction to our sport, and he has built a great reputation as a driver in his own right. It will be a baptism of fire, but we’re looking forward to seeing how he goes.