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JIMMY VERNON will compete with Team AISIN in the Toyota 86 Racing Series in 2017.

Vernon has experience in Australian Formula 4, the Bathurst 12 Hour and most recently in the NSW Production Touring Cars where he took out the MoComm Endurance Cup last year in a Toyota 86.

The 19-year-old is keen to continue his strong form from last year into a new challenge in the Toyota 86 Racing Series this year.

“I have spent the past year away from national level competition and have focused on developing my skill set in the Production Touring Cars, ironically driving our own Toyota 86,” Vernon said.

“I really want to thank Bruce Williams and Richard Janssen… for having the faith in me and giving me a chance to compete in this great high profile category.

“Hopefully there’s a chance of great results in front of some important people in the sport, Vernon continued. “I couldn’t be more excited to have this opportunity offered to me to race for Bruce Williams Motorsport in the Team AISIN 86. It will feel really special to represent our major sponsor AISIN Australia as we embark on yet another motorsport challenge in a highly competitive category.”

Aisin’s representative in Australia, Richard Janssen, is looking forward to seeing what Vernon can do during the season in the AISIN 86.

“AISIN Australia is delighted to continue our relationship with Bruce and his team in the series,” said Janssen. “I am very impressed with what I have seen of Jimmy and his family who are supporting his efforts. We look forward to watching the team develop over the 2017 season.”

Team Owner, Bruce Williams is keen to see how Vernon will develop during the season.

“Jimmy is one of those young people in motorsport that has worked hard to get to where he is,” said Williams. “He deserves an opportunity to continue to rise through the ranks. I’m looking forward to working with him and his father John and watching their development during the 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series.”

The first round of the 2017 Toyota 86 Racing Series is on April 21-23 at Phillip Island in support of the Supercars.