January has been a busy month so far for Kelvin, having been contracted for the 24H of Dubai, 24H of Daytona and the Bathurst 12 Hour. The new season already got going very early this year with the first test before the 24H of Daytona […]
Spectacular finale at the fourth and final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC): At Laguna Seca/USA, Audi Sport customer racing turned a nine-point deficit into an 11-point advantage to secure the title in the manufacturers’ classification for the third consecutive time. This was thanks […]
The Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing celebrated a superb podium in the Suzuka 10 Hours this passed weekend. Audi Sport drivers Christopher Haase/Kelvin van der Linde/Markus Winkelhock brought their #6 Audi R8 LMS home in third place after the ten hour-long race.
The 47th running of the Suzuka Summer Endurance Race in Japan was an incredibly tough race and attracted a stellar entry of GT3 cars for round three of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
The race build-up and qualifying went very well and both Absolute Racing-run cars showed speed. Winkelhock was charged with going for the Pole Shoot-out qualifying lap on Saturday and posted the eleventh fastest time.
With an outside temperature well above 30 degrees Celsius, the Suzuka 10 Hours proved to be a tough test for man and machine. Taking up the race from eleventh on the grid, Haase/van der Linde/Winkelhock fought their way up to position three as the best driver trio in an Audi R8 LMS, despite being handed a drive-through penalty in the second hour of the race. At the flag, the #6 Audi Sport Team Absolute Racing trio were only 1.2 seconds shy of second place.
“It was a very memorable weekend in Japan. the local support was amazing to see and ofcourse to drive at such an iconic racetrack was one of my season highlights. I want to thank the team for an extremely professional approach to their first ever Factory supported race, they really deserved this result!”
Goodbye from Japan’s #Suzuka10H in @IntercontGTC and good luck to Audi in DTM now. @m_winkelhock, @KelvinvdLinde and @ChHaase have clinched an 8 million yen price with Audi Sport Team @absolute_racing. Thank you everyone! #GT3 #LeagueofPerformance pic.twitter.com/sO7P8hIgKL
— Audi Sport (@audisport) August 26, 2018
Audi Sport customer racing took third place on the podium in the overall classification in the 70th running of the Spa 24 Hours. The brothers Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde finished third together with Jeffrey Schmidt. A change to the performance categorization on race […]
In the 46th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours, the Eifel region revealed itself at its worst: Audi Sport customer racing had traveled to the world’s biggest automobile race as title defenders, but together with its customer teams suffered some bitter setbacks in the battle […]
The start to the 2018 has been a successful one for Kelvin van der Linde. Having secured his first podium of the year at the Brazilian Stock Car race in Sao Paulo, Kelvin has enjoyed a good start to his Blancpain GT and GT Masters campaigns.
Kelvin secured his first win of the season with team mate Steijn Schothorst in the first round of the Blancpain Sprint Series at Zolder, and currently leads that Championship with Attempto Racing.
Similarly, the ADAC GT Masters season kicked off well with a solid second place Finnish in Race 1 at Oschersleben. An unfortunate DNF after an off in Race 2 left Kelvin and his younger brother Sheldon in 3rd place in the overall standings after the race weekend.
The first round of the Blancpain Endurance Series kicked off this passed weekend, and once again, Kelvin, along with his team mates Steijn and Pieter Schothorst were in with a fighting chance of a podium finish until a pitstop mishap dropped the trio to P6 by the end of the race in an extremely competitive 54 car field filled with many factory supported “Full Pro” line-ups.
Kelvin and Steijn Schothorst currently sit in 4th position in the overall Blancpain GT Series Standings with only 6 points deficit to Series leader, Dries Vanthoor.
The next few weeks continue to be extremely busy, with a further 4 races taking place in succession.
ADAC GT MASTERS, Most – 28-29.04
Blancpain Sprint Series, Brands Hatch – 5-6.05
24H Nurburgring – 12-13.05
Blancpain Endurance Series, Silverstone – 19-20.05
Audi Sport customer racing has set ambitious aims for the Nürburgring 24 Hours. From May 10 to 13, the Audi R8 LMS is supposed to battle for its fifth victory in the iconic endurance race. Audi Sport customer racing is supporting four official teams this […]
After showing great form earlier this year at Daytona and Bathurst, Kelvin finally got his first podium finish for the 2018 season under his belt. The first round of the Brazilian Stock car Championship at Interlagos in Sao Paulo was a special one, featuring many […]
After many months of speculation which arose from their once off outing at Sachsenring last year, it is finally official that Kelvin and Sheldon will share a car in 2018!
The two brothers from South Africa will share the #28 Audi R8 LMS by Land Motorsport in Germany’s most hotly contested GT Championship.
With a combined age of just 39, they will also be the youngest line-up on the start grid in 2018!
Having already shared a car in Daytona earlier this year, both Kelvin and Sheldon are well acquainted with the R8 and will be ready to start fighting for podiums from early on in the season.
Kelvin had the following to say about his 2018 prospects, “We have been dreaming of driving together for many years, and to be honest neither of us expected it to happen so soon. I have the tools I need to go for a Championship charge for the first time since 2014 and I strongly believe that we can achieve a lot together in 2018.”
Sheldon was similarly upbeat about the new season, “I am really thankful to Montaplast and Land Motorsport for making this possible. Its always a special feeling to drive with your brother in a professional environment. The goals we have are clear and we will be working hard to make sure we deliver on the expectations from the team and all of our supporters.”
Van Der Linde ² – That guy to my left will be my GT Masters team mate in 2018! He also happens to be my younger brother! Thank you to Montaplast by Land Motorsport, now lets bring that @gtmasters Championship back to Niederdreisbach! #VDLBros #Montaplast #LandMotorsport #2018 pic.twitter.com/sugG64jkK7
— Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde) February 21, 2018
“How do I become a professional racing driver like all my heroes that I watched on TV?” A question I asked myself for many years. This blog post is a brief story of how I achieved my dreams in Motorsport. 1. Dedication & Persistence. After […]