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 van der Linde races to victory on his Audi TT Cup debut
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.
South Africa’s Kelvin van der Linde is ready to race at one of his favourite racetracks as the German ADAC GT Masters series heads to its second round at the Sachsenring over the Mayday weekend. 2014 series champion Kelvin has enjoyed an excellent record at the track located between the German towns of Zwickau and Chemnitz.
“Sachsenring is a happy hunting ground for me,” Kelvin pointed out. “I have a 75 percent win rate having won on three of my four ADAC starts there over the last two years, so I’m really looking forward to it.
Kelvin and his Spanish co-driver Isaac Tutumlu-Lopez endured a difficult first race at the season-opening Oschersleben round but bounced back to end tenth in the second race. The objective is to keep on improving over the Sachsenring weekend where Qualifying 1 and race 1 happen Saturday 30 April and Quali 2 and race 2 on Sunday 1 May. The races will be live streamed with live timing also available via http://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/.
Jordan Pepper, 19, has been chosen as one of the Bentley Boys for the 2016 ADAC GT3 Masters series.
Bentley Team ABT on Monday confirmed Pepper as one of a team of six drivers set to drive its three Continental GT3 cars. Jordan will chase overall and Junior honours alongside 43-year old defending ADAC GT3 Gentleman’s champion Andreas Weishaupt in the Number 9 Bentley Continental GT, while Le Mans winning Briton Guy Smith shares the No. 8 car with Fabian Hamprecht and Formula E racer Daniel Abt and Christer Jöns will drive the No. 7 machine.
“I’m really excited to make the change to the Factory Bentley Abt Team for 2016 after a very tough but promising first year in the 2015 ADAC GT Masters,” Jordan admitted. “I am thankful that the team has seen promise in me — this is my second year in GT Racing and I will have a better understanding of what to expect.”
The ADAC GT Masters will see 20 teams entering 34 supercars in races through Germany, Austria and the Netherlands starting at Oscherslieben next weekend 15-17 April. There the Bentley Boys will face GT3 racing rivals the likes of the new Audi R8, BMW M6, Corvette C7, Lamborghini Huracán, Mercedes-AMG GT, Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911s fielded by 20 teams in a 34-car grid.