Sheldon van der Linde, 17, scored a spectacular double victory on his international race debut in the opening round of the Audi Sport TT Cup at Hockenheim, Germany over the weekend. It was at the Audi Sport TT Cup Round 1, Hockenheim, Germany on 7-8 May 2016.
Double SA Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup champion and Audi Sport Race Academy bursar, Sheldon beat a competitive international field including former F1 driver Scott Speed and WRC star Andreas Mikkelsen en route to victory at his first attempt in the prestigious series.
Sheldon won the first race after qualified second on the grid.
“I’m speechless right now,” a delighted van der Linde admitted on the first race podium. “A win on my international race debut — this is the best day of my life!”
Sheldon started the second race in third, moved into second at the first turn and then consistently added a half a second a lap to take a dominant 7.5 second victory and carry home a healthy early championship advantage.