Jean-Karl Vernay to be replaced by Aaron Seton due to illness
Jean-Karl Vernay will not be competing in today’s TCR Australia series sprint races after becoming ill overnight in Ipswich.
The pole-sitter and race winner from Saturday’s race at Queensland Raceway has been pulled from the Melbourne Performance Centre Audi RS 3 LMS after falling ill, seeking medical advice this morning and choosing not to take part in today’s races.
Melbourne Performance Centre will still field the #4 car today with third-generation racer Aaron Seton getting the call up to drive the Audi, having to start from the rear of the grid for today’s first race.
Troy Russell, the managing director for MPC has said they’re disappointed about Vernay not being able to start today but the team is happy to have Seton fill in for the two races.
“It is a real shame about the situation that we have with JK,” said Russell.
“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.”
With Seton starting from the rear of the grid, the field now all moves up a spot with Dylan O’Keeffe inheriting pole in the Ash Seward Motorsport prepared Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce, lining up alongside Seton’s team-mate Russell Ingall.