It’s been a pretty busy couple of weeks, so here’s a quick update on what’s been happening. My ADAC GT Masters program was announced, where I will be driving for HCB-Rutronik Racing alongside a good friend and someone I rate very highly, Patric Niederhauser. It’s […]
Audi Sport customer racing holds a record in the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the world’s most prestigious GT3 racing series. The Audi R8 LMS has been unbeaten to date in the California 8 Hours in the United States. Following two straight victories, Audi is now aiming […]
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 which already took place during the first week of January. Directly from there Kelvin flew to the 24H of Dubai where he and his team showed fantastic pace early on, running as high as 2nd place in Hour 8 before the team was forced to retire with some technical issues.
Despite the early disappointment, Kelvin remained positive heading towards Daytona and Bathurst at the end of the month:
“It was disappointing not to make the finish in Dubai, but the car speed was there and it was a good warmup for me going into two of the biggest races we have during the season. Bathurst and Daytona rank right up there with 24H Spa and 24H Nurburgring as the 4 classic events we get to do each year. The goal will be to make the most of both race weekends, where I definitely have the team and team mates that can help me fight for the win.”
The Rolex 24H of Daytona takes place from 25-27 January, with the Bathurst 12H kicking off the weekend after.
24H Daytona Line-up:
K. van der Linde, F. Vervisch, I. James, R. de Angelis. (Audi Sport Team Canada WRT Speedstar)
Bathurst 12H Line-up:
K. van der Linde, F. Vervisch, G. Tander. (Audi Sport Team Valvoline)
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 […]
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 day left Audi with virtually no chance in the battle for race victory in the Ardennes. Many caution periods also caused significant changes in the classification.
With 13 brands on the grid, the anniversary edition of the Spa 24 Hours promised to be a classic. After four wins since 2011, Audi Sport customer racing aimed to clinch its fifth overall victory. “Unfortunately it just wasn’t quite enough this year,” said Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “A couple of hours before the start we had to load 15 kilograms of ballast weight into all the cars. Although we were able to set a few quick lap times, we were unable to fight for victory over the distance. Then in the end two BMW won from two Audi and two Mercedes-AMG.”
When asked about his first Spa 24H podium, Kelvin van der Linde replied, “It has been a rollercoaster race once again in 2018. This race isn’t won until the last lap of the race. We showed great pace all race and both my team mates did a super job. Luck didnt always fall our way during the Full Course Yellow scenarios but despite that we never gave up and fought back to 3rd on the podium! I want to thank Montaplast by Land Motorsport for once again trusting in my services and also for allowing me and my brother to share a cockpit for the second big race of 2018, after the 24H of Nurburgring.”
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 […]
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 […]