Van der Linde Brothers set to make history
The South African racing brothers Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde are set to make history this month when they share driving duties in an Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona (now known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona), scheduled for the weekend of 27-28 January.
The brothers, who over the last three years have set European, American and Australian race tracks alight, will share a car entered by the German team Montaplast by Land Motorsport with Christopher Mies from Germany and Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.
A big dream comes true with this announcement! Im going to DAYTONA!!!! I get to do it with a dynamite crew!!! Montaplast by Land Motorsport and a mega lineup with my brother @sheldonvanderlinde @jeffreyschmidt__ and @chrismies ! pic.twitter.com/1qX65800I3
— Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde) December 30, 2017
As far as could be ascertain, this will be the first time two South African brothers will share a car in a post-war internationally sanctioned motorsport event for sports and touring cars.
While many SA siblings have over the years raced overseas, some during the same period (The Scheckter brothers, Jody and Ian, in Formula 1, and Shaun and Etienne van der Linde – father and uncle of Kelvin and Sheldon – in touring cars and single seaters respectively) none of them ever shared a car in the same race.
Article Credit: Ferdi de Vos (Wheels 24)