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Round 3 of the Australian GT Championship at Barbagallo Raceway marked another important step in the 2017 Australian GT title race for Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery, as the pair leave Barbagallo Raceway second in the drivers Championship.
After a closely contested Qualifying on Friday afternoon, Audi secured a 1-2-3 on the starting grid with the 74 entry of Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery lining up in second place on the grid.
For Race 1, Jamec Pem Racing decided to gamble on the tyre strategy at a circuit where tyre degradation was extremely high. Expecting a safety car at some point in the race, it was decided to start the first stint on a used set of tyres from Qualifying and planned to change to a set of new tyres at the pitstop. With 90% of the grid starting on new tyres, Kelvin had to work extremely hard to stay with the lead group in the opening stint, managing to maintain a 3 second deficit to leader Ash Walsh before the pitstops. One lap before the pitstop window opened, the safety car was called out, playing perfectly into Jamec Pem Racing’s hands. The field was bunched up and car 74 was now the only car on fresh tyres going into the final 25 minutes of the race. Geoff Emery drove a brilliant race fighting to P2 before having to serve a drive through penalty caused by a Yellow Flag Infringement while Kelvin was entering pit lane. The drive through dropped the pair back to P8 but Geoff was not willing to give up and brought the car home in P4 after a fantastic recovery drive.
Race 2, the team opted for the same strategy that worked so well in Race 1. Geoff drove a great stint holding off the group behind to bring the 74 car into the pits in P4. With a new set of tyres and a big gap to the cars in front, Kelvin got straight to work and started picking off the field one by one. After a thrilling stint, one that Kelvin descried as “One of the best in my career”, the Jamec Pem Racing car for Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery came home in a fantastic P3 at a racetrack which never suited a PRO-PRO driver pairing due to the Australian GT Pitstop Penalty Regulations based on driver ranking.
The result bumped the pair to second in the Australian GT Championship with 2 Rounds to go in Townsville and Sandown.
Kelvin is set to miss the first Round of the AGT Endurance Championship at Phillip Island in 2 weeks time due to a clash with the Nurburgring 24HR race. Kelvin will be replaced by Garth Tander for this round and will be back in the car for the remaining rounds of the year.
P3 today from the back! P2 in the Championship – Ready to fight for the Title in Townsville & Sandown! 🏁 pic.twitter.com/miyK3t5HoT
— Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde) May 7, 2017
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Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia proved the class of the field at Round 2 of the Australian GT Championship race at Albert Park, claiming two race wins, including a 1-2-3 in the opening race, and the overall round victory.
Kelvin van der Linde was unbeatable in the #74 Valvoline Audi R8 LMS, setting a new qualifying record and claiming two thrilling victories to finish the weekend with maximum points from his sessions.
He was well supported by Geoff Emery, who narrowly missed out on pole in Qualifying 2. He then raced on to a strong eighth in the opening race and fourth in the final race, handing he and van der Linde the overall round victory.
“Kelvin did an awesome job this weekend,” Emery said after the final race of the weekend. “Really it was just up to me to keep it on the black stuff and bring it home! It was a great weekend!”
The next round of the championship is set to take place in one month’s time at Barbagallo Raceway.
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During the last week, Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde got his first real taste of the professional DTM environment.
Spread out over 4 days, Audi gave four young drivers the chance to test the latest version of the Audi RS5 DTM at the famous Jerez circuit in Spain.
— Audi Sport (@audisport) December 3, 2016
Kelvin had the great opportunity to test the RS5 DTM for a full day and ran in perfect conditions during the day. Former GT Masters team-mate, Rene Rast, was on duty as Kelvin’s reference driver during the day, “Rene was a big help during my first DTM test. We have always had a very open and honest relationship and nothing has changed. We spent a lot of time analysing data together and also watching trackside.”
By the end of his first DTM test, Kelvin had completed 130 laps and over 550km in just a single day. Kelvin was ecstatic about his first day in the RS5 DTM.
“Today truly was a dream come true for me. It has been a dream for me since I started this motorsport journey 10 years ago. I would like to thank Audi Sport for this amazing opportunity, and I hope to be back in the car very soon!”
Going to the test, Kelvin was very openminded and did not place any high expectations on himself, “The test was a chance for me to firstly experience the high level of engineering in the latest DTM car, but also to learn as much as possible in a professional working environment. I just wanted to go out there and enjoy myself for the last time before the long winter break.”
Having already committed to another season as a full-time GT3 driver within Audi’s Customer Racing Programme, Kelvin knew that the test was purely a taste of what is possible in the future instead of a shootout for a 2017 DTM seat.
“I had already signed my 2017 GT3 deal prior to the test, and knew that for at least one more season, my future lay in GT3 racing. I still have a lot that I want to achieve in GT3 and some big races on my bucket list. My 2017 deal gave me the chance to pursue those dreams.”
The infamous winter break is now into full swing with the first real European race series only regrouping for pre-season testing during the month of March. To keep himself busy during this time, Kelvin has signed up for his first Ironman 70.3 triathlon, taking place at the end of January.
2014 ADAC GT Masters Champion and current Factory Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde will run in the DTM Young driver test in Jerez next week. Following a number of outings in the Audi RS5 DTM taxi car, Kelvin will complete his first official […]