Kelvin secures Factory Nurburgring 24HR deal

Kelvin secures Factory Nurburgring 24HR deal

A strong Audi line-up for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring: In Germany’s major endurance race to be held from May 25 to 28, Audi Sport customer racing will be supporting Audi Sport Team Land and Audi Sport Team WRT. The two teams will each […]

Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

The Australian GT Championship will kick off its season with a 27-car grid as both Audi and McLaren enter factory drivers for the Clipsal 500 weekend. After Christopher Mies spearheaded Audi’s attack down under for the last two seasons, his factory slot will be taken up […]

Successful DTM Debut for Kelvin

Successful DTM Debut for Kelvin

During the last week, Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde got his first real taste of the professional DTM environment. 

Spread out over 4 days, Audi gave four young drivers the chance to test the latest version of the Audi RS5 DTM at the famous Jerez circuit in Spain.

Kelvin had the great opportunity to test the RS5 DTM for a full day and ran in perfect conditions during the day. Former GT Masters team-mate, Rene Rast, was on duty as Kelvin’s reference driver during the day, “Rene was a big help during my first DTM test. We have always had a very open and honest relationship and nothing has changed. We spent a lot of time analysing data together and also watching trackside.”

By the end of his first DTM test, Kelvin had completed 130 laps and over 550km in just a single day. Kelvin was ecstatic about his first day in the RS5 DTM.

“Today truly was a dream come true for me. It has been a dream for me since I started this motorsport journey 10 years ago. I would like to thank Audi Sport for this amazing opportunity, and I hope to be back in the car very soon!”

Going to the test, Kelvin was very openminded and did not place any high expectations on himself, “The test was a chance for me to firstly experience the high level of engineering in the latest DTM car, but also to learn as much as possible in a professional working environment. I just wanted to go out there and enjoy myself for the last time before the long winter break.”

Having already committed to another season as a full-time GT3 driver within Audi’s Customer Racing Programme, Kelvin knew that the test was purely a taste of what is possible in the future instead of a shootout for a 2017 DTM seat.

“I had already signed my 2017 GT3 deal prior to the test, and knew that for at least one more season, my future lay in GT3 racing. I still have a lot that I want to achieve in GT3 and some big races on my bucket list. My 2017 deal gave me the chance to pursue those dreams.”

The infamous winter break is now into full swing with the first real European race series only regrouping for pre-season testing during the month of March. To keep himself busy during this time, Kelvin has signed up for his first Ironman 70.3 triathlon, taking place at the end of January.

Kelvin to run in DTM Young Driver test in Jerez

Kelvin to run in DTM Young Driver test in Jerez

2014 ADAC GT Masters Champion and current Factory Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde will run in the DTM Young driver test in Jerez next week. Following a number of outings in the Audi RS5 DTM taxi car, Kelvin will complete his first official […]

Successful Debut for RS3 LMS on the Green Hell

Successful Debut for RS3 LMS on the Green Hell

Audi’s new TCR contender has made a successful competition debut in Saturday’s VLN race, with the pair of RS 3 LMS cars finishing 18th and 22nd overall in a field of 140 cars. Jordi Gene and Kelvin van der Linde took the Phoenix Racing-entered No. […]

Kelvin wants to repeat recent Nurburgring Success

Kelvin wants to repeat recent Nurburgring Success

South Africa’s 2014 ADAC GT Masters champion Kelvin van der Linde heads to the Nurburgring’s fifth round of the ADAC German GT season 9-10 August looking to keep on improving his Car Collection Audi R8.

“Nurburgring was our happy hunting ground last year,” Kelvin pointed out. “That’s where we turned our season around and when the results started getting better, so hopefully we can repeat that. “We were also on the podium for the first time there last year so with a little luck we can repeat that as I really enjoy driving at the ‘Ring.

“We have been struggling a bit of late – we do not have the budget to test as often as we would like, but we are working hard with the Audi Sport engineers to get all the help we can to get our car up front. “Nurburgring is not too technical a track to set the car up for, so that will also help us versus the big budget teams that have an advantage through better infrastructure, more testing and the like, so let’s see what happens this weekend…”

Race fans can follow Kelvin and Spanish teammate Isaac Tutumlu’s progress through the Nurburgring weekend through live streaming via the ADAC GT Masters website www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk, where the weekend program and live timing can also be found.

Kelvin feeling refreshed for second half of GT Masters season

Kelvin feeling refreshed for second half of GT Masters season

Van der Linde all set to start second half of ADAC GT masters charge in Austria   South African Audi ADAC GT Masters charger Kelvin van der Linde is raring to get back into action as the series heads to Austria to commence the second […]

Kelvin revels in a wet Green Hell

Kelvin revels in a wet Green Hell

This past Saturday, the 4th round of the 2016 VLN Championship took place at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, and in typical nature the entire race was run in treacherous rain conditions where visibility was minimal. Kelvin, competing for the very first time in the Audi R8 […]

Promising race turns to frustration for Kelvin

Promising race turns to frustration for Kelvin

While the Lausitzring Eurospeedway’s German ADAC GT Masters weekend may have been a tough pill to swallow, Kelvin van der Linde was able to take a good few positives home. The South African 2014 ADAC GT champion and his Spanish Car Collection Audi Motorsport teammate Isaac Tutumlu both showed excellent pace for the fledgling team, but decent results escaped them through what proved a tough race meeting.

“It was another frustrating weekend,” Kelvin admitted. “But for sure there were many promising moments – I was very happy with my second race, while Isaac was the quickest of the Audis in Race 1, so definitely we are moving in the right direction.”

 The first race was one Kelvin wants to forget beyond teammate Tutumlu’s newfound pace. “I resorted to comfort food to get over my  disappointment,” Kelvin confided. “I was much happier with my second race though — I boxed hard to jump from thirteenth to seventh in my stint before the pitstop,” van der Linde explained of a stint where he and fellow Audi driver Markus Winklehock rose through the field together.
“Unfortunately my teammate Isaac had contact with another car and we did not finish, but I’m happy with my performance and purple sector times and after a weekend like this, we can only try and find the positives. “Looking ahead, right now, podiums are not yet within reach, so we need to optimise the package and put everything together,.

“I’m sure that we will be able to fight for the top three towards the end of the season — we are on the right track – I’m excited for the rest of the year, so let’s see what happens…”

The ADAC GT Masters now pauses for its winter break before heading to Austria’s Red Bull Ring at the end of July, by when Kelvin’s Car Collection team hopes to be that much closer to its podium promise…
Kelvin revels in Euro Speedway Challenge on DTM weekend!

Kelvin revels in Euro Speedway Challenge on DTM weekend!

Kelvin van der Linde is intent to turn his recent great German ADAC GT Masters pace into solid results at Lausitzring 4-5 June when the German GT Championship returns to racing alongside the DTM. 2014 series champion Van der Linde has regularly shown great speed […]