Another Volkswagen Cup win for Ferodo’s Van der Linde
Kelvin van der Linde’s second Engen Volkswagen Cup win of the season in race two of round two at Killarney in Cape
Town on Saturday was the highlight of the day’s WesBank Super Series meeting for the privateer Ferodo Racing team.
The 15-year-old Johannesburg schoolboy, who was VW Cup rookie of the year in 2011, scored a close-fought overall
win for the day in his Ferodo VW Polo with third and first places in the opening back-to-back six-lap sprint races and
third in race three over 11 laps. Just 0,295 sec covered the top three at the end of the day’s 23 laps of racing.
After qualifying third and drawing sixth place on the starting grid for race one, Van der Linde made the most of a great
start to move into fourth place on lap one and then passed polesitter and former champion Matthew Hodges to take
third place, which he held until the finish. The race was won by reigning champion Devin Robertson from Kosie
An innovation in VW Cup saw two sprint races, with a short break in between while the cars remained on the starting
grid, followed by a third, longer race. The grid for race two was the reverse order of the top six finishers in race one,
with Van der Linde starting in fourth place. He again was quick off the start line and led the field at the end of the first
lap. He went on to win by a second from Kyle Barnes and 1,6 sec ahead of Weyers.
The start order for race three was determined by each driver’s second best qualifying lap time and Van der Linde
found himself down in eighth place. He had another great start and was soon involved in what would turn out to be
a race-long four-way battle for the lead between polesitter Weyers, Robertson, Van der Linde and Hodges.
The four talented youngsters thrilled a large and appreciative Cape Town crowd with a high-speed, nose-to-tail battle
that finally saw Weyers take the win from Robertson and Van der Linde with less than a second covering the top four.