Jean-Karl Vernay said he will forever hold fond memories of his debut at the famed Macau circuit after finishing second in the end of season Macau Grand Prix.
The Signature driver quickly got to grips with the challenging street circuit to qualify in second place and the Frenchman then took victory in the qualifying race to secure a slot at the head of the field for the main race itself.
Vernay briefly lost the lead to Mortara at the start but quickly moved back to the front on the run to Lisboa and he remained in the lead until the closing laps when Mortara's pressure eventually paid off and he battled ahead to secure victory.
While he admitted there was some disappointment at coming so close to victory, Vernay was nonetheless proud to secure a podium finish in his debut in the event as Signature stamped its authority on proceedings.
“I've never driven in Macau before,” he said. “I had to memorise the critical sectors of this fantastic race track step-by-step during the course of the weekend. The car's set-up and engine were perfect. In qualifying I didn't have any problems at all to qualify on the second row. In the qualification race I battled with several other drivers. Nevertheless I was able to win relatively easily.
“In the Grand Prix on Sunday I made a good start and held the lead till just before the finish. I made a mistake when changing gear and Edoardo overtook me. Shame. I'll nevertheless have fond memories of the weekend as I won the qualification race and had victory in the Grand Prix within my grasp till two laps before the chequered flag.”