Jimmy Vernon inks GRM deal for inaugural TCR Australia season

Jimmy Vernon has signed a deal with Garry Rogers Motorsport for the inaugural TCR Australia season, driving an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR.

“To have been offered the opportunity to link with Garry Roger’s Motorsport is a great honour,” said Jimmy Vernon.

“Seeing the way GRM has nurtured some of the best Australian drivers over many years, it was an easy decision to make that this was the direction I needed to go. I can’t wait to cast my eyes over the brand new 2019 specification Alfa Romeo TCR car. I believe we will be bringing a really strong package to the category.”

The 21-year-old finished fourth in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia last year and claimed the Toyota 86 Racing Series Australia title in 2017.

“Garry and I have always been keen on giving young guys a go, and with the promise that Jimmy has shown over the past few years, we feel he is the perfect choice for our new Alfa Romeo TCR team,” said team manager Barry Rogers.

“We chanced on our first meeting with Jimmy at the TCR launch day at Sydney Motorsport Park, and he struck us as a really enthusiastic kid with lots of potential. Looking at his CV, he clearly knows how to drive, and we are confident that he will be competitive.”

The team is yet to confirm the identity of the driver for their second Alfa Romeo.