Difficult start to 2015 campaign for Van Der Linde
The first round of the 2015 ADAC GT Masters Championship proved to be very frustrating for 18 year old Audi driver, Kelvin van der Linde.
The difficulties started early on in the weekend, when Kelvin and Stefan Wackerbauer were forced to miss Free Practice 1 & 2 due to a technical issue that could not be resolved in time. This forced both drivers to turn their first laps of the weekend in an intense Qualifying session. In the close field of 24 GT3 cars, Kelvin and Stefan each qualified in 11th position in their respective qualifying sessions.
Already starting on the back foot, Race 1 brought more difficulties for the Audi pairing, and a first corner incident dropped the #1 car to the back of the field. With substantial damage evident, a fightback was difficult, and eventually the car was retired from the race with 10min to go.
Race 2 brought some redemption to the ever motivated and positive driver pair, with an end result of 6th position, after qualifying outside of the top 10. The ability of the team was never in doubt and it is clear that both Kelvin and Stefan will be fighting back to recover some valuable championship points at Red Bull Ring next month. (05-07 June 2015)
It sure was a very frustrating weekend for us as a team. However, I think sometimes we need to experience some misfortune in order to truly appreciate the good results when they come. Myself and Stefan have a very motivated and professional group of individuals around us, so a strong fight back is a definate!
— Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde) April 26, 2015