Month: September 2013

Full Throttle with Kelvin van der Linde – StreetMotion.co.za

Full Throttle with Kelvin van der Linde – StreetMotion.co.za

He set the track alight in South Africa in 2012 and in 2013 he travelled to Germany to continue his determined drive to become champion. Kelvin van der Linde became the youngest SA champion ever when he won the Engen Polo Cup title in 2012 […]

Three drivers, one goal. An interview with the contenders for the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup title.

Three drivers, one goal. An interview with the contenders for the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup title.

There’s now only one more race to go before the end of the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup season. The excitement is at fever pitch ahead of the grand final on the Hockenheimring on 19 October. No less than three drivers are in with a chance of […]

Second race in Oschersleben: So Close yet so far.

Second race in Oschersleben: So Close yet so far.

Teenage South African racing driver Kelvin van der Linde, one of the two youngest drivers in the competition, will go to the final round of the international VW Scirocco R-Cup in Hockenheim in Germany on October 19 in first places after the two-race penultimate round was completed in Oschersleben in Germany on Sunday.

Van der Linde, 17, the reigning South African Volkswagen Cup champion who has dominated the Germany-based series so far with four wins, had taken a useful lead into the Oschersleben round, but despite increasing this by finishing second in Saturday’s opening race to Dane Kasper Jensen, his lead was reduced when he could only manage 15th in race two on Sunday.

He had started seventh on the reverse grid and was hoping to do well enough to put the championship beyond doubt this weekend. But a mid-race incident when he was lying sixth and on course to take the title resulted in his receiving a drive-through penalty after race officials deemed that he had pushed another competitor. Post-race viewing of the video footage showed that the other car had spun in front of Van der Linde and that contact was unintentional.

Van der Linde: “At the beginning of Saturday’s race I tried to attack Kasper. But then I took a conservative approach to the whole thing and stopped taking risks. After all, what I really want is to win the championship and it’s looking very positive on that front.

“Absolutely everything went wrong in Sunday’s race. I wanted to play it safe because of the Cup title. Then I came into contact with another car and got the drive-through penalty. All in all, I was too cautious and didn’t take enough risks. I’ll come back stronger in Hockenheim – I want to claim this title.”

With one race remaining and a maximum of 60 points on offer Van der Linde leads the standings with 290 points to Jensen’s 247 and fellow South African Jordan Pepper’s 232. This means that Van der Linde only needs to finish the season’s last race 12th to win the world’s only single-make championship powered by natural gas.

A victory in this Volkswagen-backed series will almost certainly open doors for Van der Linde to an international racing career.

First race in Oschersleben: Jensen celebrates his first real victory this season.

First race in Oschersleben: Jensen celebrates his first real victory this season.

Kasper H. Jensen has celebrated his first real win in this season’s Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup. The Danish driver – who also got full points at the season’s first event in Hockenheim but was behind legend driver Nicola Larini. 1.8 seconds behind him, top-of-the-table Kelvin van […]

Qualifying in Oschersleben: Jensen claims pole position – legend Lammers a strong contender.

Qualifying in Oschersleben: Jensen claims pole position – legend Lammers a strong contender.

Kasper H. Jensen unexpectedly took pole position during qualifying for the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Oschersleben. The Dane recorded the fastest lap time of 1:41.105 minute at the Motorsport Arena. With his time of 1:41.335 minute, top-of-the-table Kelvin van der Linde (South Africa) only finished […]

Free practice in Oschersleben. Top-of-the-table van der Linde in a league of his own – test aborted following accident.

Free practice in Oschersleben. Top-of-the-table van der Linde in a league of his own – test aborted following accident.

Kelvin van der Linde (South Africa) outclassed his competitors during today’s free practice for the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup, the world’s only single-make championship powered by natural gas. The first test at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben had to be aborted after Michele Di Martino had an accident. The 20-year-old German driver crashed into the track barrier after making a mistake. Based on an initial diagnosis, Di Martino is not believed to have suffered any serious injuries, but he was flown to Magdeburg University Clinic by air ambulance for a further examination to be on the safe side. He will miss at least the first race.

Prior to the accident, top-of-the-table van der Linde was more than a second faster than the second-placed British driver Ross Wylie (1:41.724) with his best lap time of 1:40.649 minute. Kasper H. Jensen from Denmark finished third (1:41.865). 17-year-old van der Linde could secure the Cup title in this weekend’s two races with one more round still to go. He is leading in the overall standings, 60 points clear of his compatriot Jordan Lee Pepper, who only came sixth in today’s practice. The only competition remaining after the event in Oschersleben is the season finale at the Hockenheimring on 19 October.

The racing legends put in another impressive performance during the first test of strength in Oschersleben. Former DTM champion Kurt Thiim from Denmark (55) claimed eleventh place in the overall standings, distancing himself from his eternal Scirocco rival Klaus Niedzwiedz (62). The veteran racing drivers from the neighbouring Netherlands also showed the youngsters what they could do: former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers (57) took 19th place and two-time Indy 500 winner Arie Luyendyk (59) finished 21st.

Qualifying starts at 11:00 hrs on Saturday with the Cup Sciroccos, followed by the first race in Oschersleben at 16:25 hrs. The second race of the season’s penultimate weekend is scheduled for 10:00 hrs on Sunday.