Birthdate : 10/31/1987
Lights fantastic: Vernay’s once promising single-seater career – he was Red Bull-backed in the Formula 3 Euro Series and came close to winning the Macau Grand Prix from pole in 2009 – took him to the USA in 2010 where he landed the Indy Lights title. Although he tested an IndyCar, he was unable to secure a race seat for 2011.
Sportscars of desire: Sportscars would prove a useful – and profitable – distraction for Vernay. He won the Porsche Carrera Cup title in France for Sébastien Loeb Racing in 2012 and claimed a class victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours the following season. He also enjoyed success in the WEC and the Blancpain Endurance Series – and raced in Super GT in Japan.
Old and new: While Team WRT has been Vernay’s Home since 2015, his switch to an Audi RS 3 LMS from a Volkswagen Golf for 2018 represented unchartered territory for the Frenchman. But it didn’t take him long to adapt; he won the second race of the inaugural season in Morocco.
Big title winner: By claiming the TCR International Series crown in 2017, having finished third the previous season, Vernay joined the WTCR / OSCARO grid in 2018 as a big title winner. He built on his strong reputation with four wins and fifth place in the final standings.
Did you know? Luxembourg-based Vernay, who has a degree in communication science and speaks Japanese, is not short of touring car racing experience. Between 2016 and 2017 he managed 48 race starts. When he’s not racing, Vernay co-commentates on Formula One races for French television.
CAREER SO FAR:
2005: 1, Formula Campus France
2006: 2, Formula Renault 2.0 France
2007: 3, Zandvoort Masters of Formula 3
2007: Formula 3 Euro Series
2008: Formula 3 Euro Series
2009: Formula 3 Euro Series; 2, Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix
2010: 1, Indy Lights
2012: 1, Porsche Carrera Cup France
2013: 3, FIA World Endurance Championship (GTE AM); 1, Le Mans 24 Hours (GTE AM); Porsche Supercup
2014: Super GT; GT Asia
2015: 6, Blancpain Endurance Series; Audi R8 LMS Cup; GT Asia
2016: 3, TCR International Series
2017: 1, TCR International Series; TCR Benelux; TCR China; TCR Asia
2018: 5 (4 wins), WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO (Audi RS 3 LMS); 1, TCR Benelux; 2, TCR Europe
2019: 10 (best result 2), WTCR (Audi RS 3 LMS)