Jean-Karl Vernay (Isotta Fraschini): “Show the FIA ​​and the ACO that we deserve to fight”

Second race and first home performance for Isotta Franchini Duqueine in the WEC. According to the French driver, the Milanese team is aiming to finish at the 6 Hours of Imola in order to prove its value to the governing bodies.

Published on 20/04/2024 à 10:37

Dorian Grangier

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Jean-Karl Vernay (Isotta Fraschini): “Show the FIA ​​and the ACO that we deserve to fight”

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Yes, in Italy there is Ferrari, there is Lamborghini… but there is also Isotta Fraschini! The Italian manufacturer is also playing at home this weekend for the 6H of Imola, the second round of the season in WEC, but also the second official race for the Tipo 6 LMH Competizione.

In Qatar, if the break-in was laborious with in particular a problem on the formation lap and an abandonment mid-race, the Franco-Italian team was able to obtain valuable running in order to learn the characteristics of their mount, as well as the numerous procedures in the World ChampionshipEndurance. Above all, the three drivers – namely Jean-Karl Vernay, Carl Bennett and Antonio Serravalle – were able to experience a full-scale test with the Italian Hypercar. More than a month later, the trio returned to the track at Imola, with the ambition to further shine.

“So far, we don't look too bad. The pace of the car is absolutely fine, confided Jean-Karl Vernay at a press conference, after Free Practice 1. (14th in EL1,  We have taken a step forward compared to Qatar, and that is good. It's a good first session. We are very happy, there is a lot of work, but we seem to be doing well. Now we have to continue working with my teammates on our points to be ready. »

For Isotta Fraschini, “the goal is to finish the race”

The Frenchman, who returned to the highest level of Endurance this season, knows that the road will be long for Isotta Fraschini Duqueine before being able to fight with the big manufacturers. However, the Villeurbanne has confidence in his team and has high hopes for his new mount, despite limited resources compared to the competition.

“In Qatar, it was definitely a test session, he admits. The first round was difficult. Our car is an LMH, not an LMDh, and so we have our own hybrid system. It took us a long time to make sure our car was FIA legal, and we lost a lot of time during the Prologue. We knew that the meeting was quite short, we only had a few hours (of free practice) before qualifying. We didn't have time to prepare for qualifying, and the race was a real test. »

“We didn't do any testing (at Imola) so that doesn't help, but they tried to do their best at the factory to make sure the car was definitely better, specifies Jean-Karl Vernay. We have made big progress on all systems and the car is ready.(…) We are fighting against big guns who have much more financial means, but we are doing our best, and it is really very positive now. Let's see what we can do in qualifying. And once again, the objective is to finish the race, to show the FIA ​​and the ACO that we are competitors and that we deserve to fight against them. »

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Dorian Grangier

A young journalist nostalgic for the motorsport of yesteryear. Raised on the exploits of Sébastien Loeb and Fernando Alonso.

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