The 23 year old from West Chiltington, West Sussex, is a former Formula Palmer Audi and Formula Renault BARC competitor, with sports car experience in Ginettas and the Porsche Carrera Cup GB.
Graduating from karts to cars in 2007, he went on to win the Ginetta G20 Winter Series title the following year before making the move into single-seaters in Formula Ford where he was Scholarship Vice-Champion in 2009.
Finishing fourth overall in Formula Palmer Audi in 2010, racing to three victories along the way, he then entered – and won – that year’s Porsche Carrera Cup GB Scholarship.
Provided with an opportunity to debut in Porsche Carrera Cup GB part-way through 2011, Vernon achieved a best finish of fifth place from the 12 rounds he contested. He also dovetailed that programme with eight races in Formula Renault BARC, winning one of them and claiming two other podiums.
Vernon returned to the Formula Renault BARC series in 2012, securing fifth place overall with four podiums with Hillspeed, and is now hopeful of further strong results in the F4 Winter Championship, racing with the team alongside title challenger Jake Cook and Greek competitor Dimitris Papanastasiou.
“Hillspeed will put out a good car as they always do, I’m confident in myself and we can target four strong results next weekend, and hopefully we’ll be getting on the podium” Vernon commented.
“The opportunity came up and I have a good relationship with the team having raced with them in Formula Renault BARC in 2012. I haven’t raced this year so I’m really looking forward to getting back out in a car again. It’s a new car for me, I’ve never driven a car with a paddle shift gearbox before and I’m excited to get out and learn it in testing.”
“We’re delighted to be able to continue our relationship with Kieran”, said Hillspeed’s Richard Ollerenshaw, “The intention, if the budget could have been found, was for him to have contested the main Formula 4 season this year but things just didn’t come together.
“Although he’s been away from racing for a year and the F4 car is completely new to him, we’re confident he’ll be on the pace very quickly. Kieran is a quality driver, as he’s proven in every category he’s raced, and if all goes to plan we’d love to get a deal together with him for F4 in 2014.”