Kentucky: JK Vernay race report

JK almost there! Jean-Karl Vernay from Villeurbanne finished third on the Kentucky Speedway, and took a big step towards winning the Indy Lights Championship title in his first season in America. The only condition is that he startsthe final...

JK almost there!

Jean-Karl Vernay from Villeurbanne finished third on the Kentucky Speedway, and took a big step towards winning the Indy Lights Championship title in his first season in America. The only condition is that he startsthe final round in Miami in a month's time!

JK seems in a fairly comfortable situation as the final round of the championship approaches, but things can change very quickly on these ovals where speeds reach 300 km/h as happened in Kentucky. On lap 2, Philip Morris spun and was hit by two other drivers. The battle among the leaders was also pretty hot in the opening laps: "I made a good start and I took up position on the outside line. I passed Charlie

Kimball and then James Hinchcliffe overtook me. The time it took to get by Martin Plowman and I lost the tow so I wasn't able to catch Hinch." JK saw a threat looming in the rear- view mirrors of his no.7 Dallara-Honda in the Lucas Oil colours Adrian Campos Jr. The Spaniard failed to catch the Frenchman by just 7/100s!

"Third or fourth didn't change things all that much for the championship, but it was good to be up on the podium. I didn't take that many risks at the start as the rear of the car was sliding round, and I had to make some adjustments from the cockpit to improve its handling." JK's third place should be enough to give the Sam Schmidt Motorsport team its fourth title in Indy Lights. It will be a stunning achievement for a rookie who quickly got to grips with the ins-and-outs of US motor racing, as well as tackling all the championship circuits for the first time.

The Indy Lights points system is calculated in such a way that he still has one formality to accomplish. The only thing that could deprive JK of the title, would be if he was unable to start the last race for any reason combined with a victory by James Hinchcliffe. Of course, this scenario is far from the Frenchman's thoughts. He is determined to finish off his 2010 season with a sixth victory on the Miami Homestead Speedway on 2nd October.

-source: www.jkvernay.com

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