Vernay coaches McAdam in view of TCR Australia campaign
22 January 2020
TCR Australia driver Liam McAdam has recruited former TCR International champion Jean-Karl Vernay to assist his learning curve ahead of the 2020 season. McAdam and Vernay, along with the team’s new race engineer John Russell, are at Phillip Island today, gaining invaluable experience in view of their 2020 campaign.
McAdam’s Brisbane-based privateer team has secured the Audi RS 3 LMS that was run by Melbourne Performance Centre in the hands of a number of drivers last year. Vernay was one of them, claiming pole and a race win at Queensland Raceway in August.
McAdam contested the final three rounds of last year’s TCR Australia Series, scoring a best result of sixth at Sandown.
“Having JK here is very advantageous for our testing program,” said McAdam. “He has been really good getting set-up advice and has had some of his engineers from WTCR giving us some further assistance. Straight out of the box here at Phillip Island, the car has felt really good. We have also been working on my driving, because he is far more experienced and able to give the feedback that I need to get the most out of the car.”
Vernay commented: “Liam showed good potential last year and the test has been going well. I’m just here to show him some tips to make the difference driving wise, as well as some technical support. He is doing everything right, so we’ll see how he goes at the first race. Phillip Island is an impressive circuit and I would really like to come back to Australia for some racing at the TCR Bathurst 500 or even the Albert Park races.”
The team will conduct more testing ahead of the pre-season test at Winton Raceway on February 26.
Picture: TCR Australia
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