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Superb Podium Finish at the Suzuka 10 Hours

Superb Podium Finish at the Suzuka 10 Hours

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 […]

Podium for the VDL Bros in the 24H of Spa!

Podium for the VDL Bros in the 24H of Spa!

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 […]

Disappointment for Audi in Nürburgring 24 Hours

Disappointment for Audi in Nürburgring 24 Hours

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 for its fifth overall victory. In the end, sixth position by Kelvin van der Linde/Sheldon van der Linde/Christopher Mies/René Rast was the best result in an event in which changeable weather conditions caused the race to be interrupted three and a half hours before the end. The teams contested the final part of the race only after more than a one-hour break.

Season Update. Win in Blancpain GT and Podiums in ADAC GT Masters.

Season Update. Win in Blancpain GT and Podiums in ADAC GT Masters.

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 […]

KELVIN TO DEFEND 2017 24H NURBURGRING TITLE

KELVIN TO DEFEND 2017 24H NURBURGRING TITLE

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 […]

First 2018 Podium in Brazilian Stock Car Guest Race

First 2018 Podium in Brazilian Stock Car Guest Race

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 International drivers from different racing championships around the world, including ex F1 drivers Felipe Massa, Rubens Barrichello, Ricardo Zonta and Nelson Piquet Jr. The international guest race is a season highlight for Brazilian Stock Car, where the season regulars share their car for a 1 hour sprint race with their guest drivers.

The weekend ran smoothly, with Kelvin and his teammate Cesar Ramos successfully proceeding to the Top 6 shootout in Qualifying before being hampered by a right rear puncture in the Shootout which forced the pair to start from 6th position on the grid.

The race started wet and teammate Cesar Ramos took the car to P1 shortly before the pitstops. With the track drying at a rapid rate, several cars headed for this pits to make the change to slick tyres. Ramos opted to stay out longer on the wets in a bid to avoid pit-lane chaos. Unfortunately the strategy did not pay off and Kelvin rejoined in 3rd position after his pitstop. With 15 minutes to go, the pack was again stacked closely together behind the safety car while lost debris was removed from the track. Kelvin drove a clean stint, battling with the likes of Rubens Barrichello and Laurens Vanthoor for the final podium spot. Kelvin was able to resist the hard challenge from behind and brought the #30 Blau Motorsport entry home for the teams first official Podium finish in Brazilian Stock Car.

“It was a great weekend overall. I clicked instantly with Cesar and the whole team and we worked so well the whole week. I loved the Brazilian atmosphere, the cars are great to drive with no unnecessary driver aids. It is real racing and to come home on the Podium in such a tough field, is something we are all super proud of!”

VDL Brothers join forces for GT Masters season!

VDL Brothers join forces for GT Masters season!

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 […]

Bank Loans, Rejection & how I achieved my Motorsport Dream.

Bank Loans, Rejection & how I achieved my Motorsport Dream.

“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 […]

Kelvin joins Bathurst 1000 Winner Garth Tander and Frederic Vervisch for Liqui Moly Bathurst 12H

Kelvin joins Bathurst 1000 Winner Garth Tander and Frederic Vervisch for Liqui Moly Bathurst 12H

VALVOLINE Jamec Pem Racing has confirmed a second all-professional driving squad for the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, doubling their chances at outright victory this February 2-4.

Supercars champion and triple Bathurst 1000 winner Garth Tander will be joined by factory Audi Sport stars Kelvin van der Linde and Frederic Vervisch, completing a strong two-car team that includes Christopher Mies, Christopher Haase and Markus Winkelhock driving the sister car.

Second-generation South African star Kelvin van der Linde has become a star of the Audi factory driver roster, particularly in Australia whilst racing with Jamec Pem Racing.

He won two races in the 2017 Australian GT Championship with Geoff Emery, ultimately finishing fourth in the championship, despite missing the final round. He also paired with Pierre Kaffer and Markus Winkelhock in an Audi R8 LMS to win the California 8 Hours, after claiming a memorable 24H Nurburgring win in May last year.

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“You would be hard pressed to put together a stronger all-round driving squad,” said Valvoline Jamec Pem Racing’s Steve McLaughlan.

“Between the two cars we have a great mixture of experience, speed and Bathurst success that we hope will work in our favour this February.

“The pieces are in place for us to head to Bathurst looking for strong performances from both cars.”

Tickets remain available for the event, with race day tickets priced from just $40, including free access to the paddock area.

Full Article: http://www.bathurst12hour.com.au/news/jamec-pem-locks-second-b12hr-pro-contender/

Van der Linde Brothers set to make history

Van der Linde Brothers set to make history

The South African racing brothers Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde are set to make history this month when they share driving duties in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona (now known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona), scheduled […]