Despite a slow start to the weekend. Audi Sport Team Land managed to secure the all important blue light and an automatic spot in the Top 30 shootout for next months famous 24H Nurburgring! Car #28 was shared by Kelvin van der Linde, Pierre Kaffer […]
Kelvin van der Linde is set to replace Pierre Kaffer in the Audi R8 LMS fielded by Aust Motorsport. Change of drivers at Aust Motorsport. Pierre Kaffer is unable to compete in the ADAC GT Masters as planned due to a clash of dates with […]
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.
A strong Audi line-up for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring: In Germany’s major endurance race to be held from May 25 to 28, Audi Sport customer racing will be supporting Audi Sport Team Land and Audi Sport Team WRT. The two teams will each […]
The Australian GT Championship will kick off its season with a 27-car grid as both Audi and McLaren enter factory drivers for the Clipsal 500 weekend. After Christopher Mies spearheaded Audi’s attack down under for the last two seasons, his factory slot will be taken up […]
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 […]
Audi’s new TCR contender has made a successful competition debut in Saturday’s VLN race, with the pair of RS 3 LMS cars finishing 18th and 22nd overall in a field of 140 cars. Jordi Gene and Kelvin van der Linde took the Phoenix Racing-entered No. […]
South Africa’s 2014 ADAC GT Masters champion Kelvin van der Linde heads to the Nurburgring’s fifth round of the ADAC German GT season 9-10 August looking to keep on improving his Car Collection Audi R8.
“Nurburgring was our happy hunting ground last year,” Kelvin pointed out. “That’s where we turned our season around and when the results started getting better, so hopefully we can repeat that. “We were also on the podium for the first time there last year so with a little luck we can repeat that as I really enjoy driving at the ‘Ring.
“We have been struggling a bit of late – we do not have the budget to test as often as we would like, but we are working hard with the Audi Sport engineers to get all the help we can to get our car up front. “Nurburgring is not too technical a track to set the car up for, so that will also help us versus the big budget teams that have an advantage through better infrastructure, more testing and the like, so let’s see what happens this weekend…”
Race fans can follow Kelvin and Spanish teammate Isaac Tutumlu’s progress through the Nurburgring weekend through live streaming via the ADAC GT Masters website www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk, where the weekend program and live timing can also be found.
Van der Linde all set to start second half of ADAC GT masters charge in Austria South African Audi ADAC GT Masters charger Kelvin van der Linde is raring to get back into action as the series heads to Austria to commence the second […]