At the halfway point of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season Jean-Karl Vernay is the best Audi driver in the race series. He holds fifth in the championship standings after five of ten events.
Consistent points scorer

No other driver in the field is so consistent: the Frenchman Jean-Karl Vernay from the Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team has collected points in 14 of the previous 15 races. The Vila Real street circuit was particularly challenging. At the wheel of his Audi RS 3 LMS, Vernay finished fifth in the first race in Portugal, fourth in race two and tenth place in the final race. The team’s performance before the first race was fantastic. After sliding off in qualifying, the Audi RS 3 LMS was repaired quite literally in the last minute allowing Vernay to start the race from the pit lane. As a result he escaped a heavy accident at the start and scored valuable points in fifth place.

Points scoring results for other Audi drivers

Vernay’s team mate Gordon Shedden started the second race from pole position and finished sixth after being handed a race penalty. The Belgian Frédéric Vervisch as third Audi Sport driver also claimed a sixth place as his best result. Two privateers also had good reason to celebrate: the Frenchman Aurélien Panis from the Comtoyou Racing team was sixth and best Audi driver in second qualifying and as eighth in race two and ninth in race three scored further points. His countryman and team mate Nathanaël Berthon also finished in the points with eighth in race one.

The race in numbers

Looking back:
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