- Jean-Karl Vernay celebrates victory on opening weekend in Marrakesh
- Good performances from Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team and Vernay
“Sincere congratulations to Jean-Karl and the Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team on this tremendous season opener and this victory,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “This series is highly competitive and features a wide variety of marques, teams and driver personalities. This is the kind of touring car racing fans around the globe love.” Gordon Shedden on his first race weekend with Audi contributed to the team’s good overall results. The Scotsman as the second-best Audi driver placed fifth in race one and eleventh in race two.
The third Audi Sport driver, Frédéric Vervisch, was lacking the necessary racing fortune. The Belgian from Audi Sport Team Comtoyou retired in race one due to accident damage and was forced to park his car early in the two subsequent races as well. His teammate and compatriot Denis Dupont achieved position 13 in race one as his best result. The Frenchman Nathanaël Berthon clinched twelfth position in race one as the best result for Team Comtoyou Racing. Aurélien Panis scored his best personal result on taking position 15 in race two.
In just three weeks’ time the 24 drivers and seven marques will be pitted against each other again. The second of ten racing events is coming up on April 28 and 29 at the Hungaroring near Budapest.