Race one in Spielberg: Victory for van der Linde as race is abandoned – Stuck duo leads the legends.

Race one in Spielberg: Victory for van der Linde as race is abandoned – Stuck duo leads the legends.

From pole to victory: Kelvin van der Linde won an eventful first race in the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Spielberg. The South African triumphed ahead of Denmark’s Michelle Gatting, who produced another impressive display. Victory for van der Linde takes him to the top of the overall standings in the one-make cup. Third place in race one went to Jordan Lee Pepper from South Africa. The race had to be abandoned before the end following a crash involving Ross Wylie (Great Britain) and Marcel Müller (Austria).

The best of the Legends drivers was Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck, who finished a remarkable 12th in his Gazprom-Scirocco. The 62-year-old was making his comeback at the Red Bull Ring after a two-year break from racing, and finished three places ahead of his son Johannes (26). The duo joined forces to win the team duel for the Motorsport Allstars against the DTM Legends. Christian Danner (55) came home 19th, while Klaus Niedzwiedz (62) had failed to complete the race.

The second race in the Scirocco R-Cup gets underway at 15:25 on Sunday. The first eight drivers from race one will line up in reverse order, meaning Sweden’s Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky will start her quest for victory from pole position.

“My start was not good and Michelle put me under immense pressure right from the word go. She really surprised both me and Kasper Jensen with her overtaking on the uphill section just after the start. We were involved in a tough, but fair duel throughout the race. I tried to save my permitted uses of the Push-to-pass system for the second half of the race, and that worked well, despite the safety car phases. All in all I am extremely happy with my first victory. It was a new circuit to me, so it was a combination of racing and learning more about the track each lap.”

OVERALL RESULT

PositionDriver / NationCategoryTimeLaps
1Kelvin van der Linde / ZAPro18:31.98010
2Michele Gatting / DENPro18:36.59310
3Jordan Lee Pepper / ZAJunior18:36.93210
4Kasper H. Jensen / DENPro18:37.47810
5Ross Wylie / GBJunior18:38.07910
6Manuel Fahnauer / GERJunior18:38.44110
7Nicolai Moller Madsen / DENJunior18:39.09610
8Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky / SWEJunior18:41.39110
9Lukas Schreier / GERJunior18:41.88410
10Matthias Bäurle / GERJunior18:43.14010
11Victor Bouveng / SWEJunior18:43.49810
12Strietzel Stuck / GERLegend18:44.46710
13Patrick Eisemann / GERJunior18:44.81010
14Kenneth Kröpfl / GERJunior18:45.29110
15Johannes Stuck / AUTLegend18:46.08010
16Michele Di Martino / GERJunior18:46.64610
17Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan / INDJunior18:49.58010
18Marcel Müller / AUT18:49.96910
19Christian Danner / GERLegend18:51.08010
20Dennis Trebing / USAPro19:08.86410
21Yann Ehrlacher / FRAJunior19:20.12410
Not classifiedLuca Rettenbacher / AUTJunior9:07.1275
Not classifiedKlaus Niedzwiedz / GERLegend20:29.83110


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