Hard work pays off in Race 2 for Vernon

TCR Series race two turned it on for the big crowd at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The grid walk was packed with many first timers enjoying a lovely sunny day and the ability to get up close with the cars and drivers.

Once the green flag dropped it was clear it was game on! The start was much more aggressive than yesterday’s race one.

For GRM’s Alfa driver Jimmy Vernon, it was a back row start due to race one’s tyre failure.

Vernon simply put on a show and by the end of the first lap he'd made 6 spots.

Nathan Morcom in the Hyundai slipped through on lap two in an aggressive move.

The safety car was deployed on lap 11 for the stricken VW of Alexandra Whitley who had beached herself.

On the restart Vernon was battling hard with Aaron Cameron and Michael Almond.

As the chequer flew, Vernon finished a very creditable 9th.

“Starting from the back was going to be a challenge. The team gave me a great car and I was able to use it to carve my way through the field” stated the smiling Sydneysider.

“The first lap was mad. I just dug deep and it payed off. Six cars on the first lap was the reward. To finish in the top 10 was just what we needed” stated Vernon.

Race two in the quick fire series is in just 30 minutes time. “I gotta go get ready” quipped Vernon.