Going into the final GT Masters race weekend of the year at Hockenheim, Kelvin van der Linde still had a realistic chance of securing his second GT Masters crown at just 21 years of age.
The South African born and German resident, together with team mate Markus Pommer, gave Aust Motorsport their first ever GT Masters win as a team earlier in the season at Nurburgring and was in the thick of the action come the last 2 races of the season.
By winning the Saturday race in Hockenheim, Jules Gounon secured himself the 2017 title, however the fight for second position was still wide open between Kelvin, Sebastian Asch, Philip Eng and reigning champions Connor di Phillipi and Christopher Mies.
Kelvin secured a strong 3rd position on the grid for the Sunday race, putting himself in a strong position to attack during the race. However, his race did not last past turn 1 as the Audi driver had contact and was spun around resulting in a left front puncture. All hopes of becoming vice champion were trashed and Kelvin had to settle for 5th overall in an extremely competitive GT Masters season with many highs and lows.
Next up for Kelvin will be the 8H of Laguna Seca, taking place on the 15th of October in California, USA.