Garry Rogers Motorsport has signed rising star Jimmy Vernon as its first driver to its TCR Australia program for this year.

Vernon, the 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series champion, will drive one of GRM’s two 2019-specification Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce cars.

After graduating from karts, the 21 year old has competed in state and national level for the past six years. Starting in Formula Ford in 2012, the Sydney-based driver stepped up to Formula 4 in 2015, production cars in 2016 before claiming the title in the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2017. 

Last year, Vernon took on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, finishing fourth overall, winning the final round of the championship at Sydney Motorsport Park. He has also competed in recent Bathurst 6 and 12 Hour races, including a finishing on third overall in class at last week’s 12 Hour event.

Vernon said: “To have been offered the opportunity to link with Garry Roger’s Motorsport is a great honour. Seeing the way GRM has nurtured some of the best Australian drivers over many years, it was an easy decision to make that this was the direction I needed to go. I can’t wait to cast my eyes over the brand new 2019 specification Alfa Romeo TCR car. I believe we will be bringing a really strong package to the category. I want to thank Garry and Barry for believing in me and giving me a chance to join their team.”