Sheldon van der Linde Is The First Ever South African DTM Champion

Sheldon van der Linde Is The First Ever South African DTM Champion

Sheldon van der Linde managed to location 3rd in the ultimate race at the Hockenheimring (GER) to claim the championship giving BMW their initial winner due to the fact Marco Wittmann in 2016 and South Africa’s 1st-ever DTM champion.

Van der Linde held his nerve on the last race weekend of the period. On Saturday, he overcame a grid penalty to battle his way up from 16th to second spot. He claimed fifth on the grid on Sunday and followed this up by ending third to achieve the podium following a faultless race. He chalked up 164 points to major the drivers’ standings, 11 extra than Lucas Auer (AUT, Mercedes) in second spot.

Van der Linde celebrated a few wins and six podiums in his championship year. It was his fourth period in the DTM and the 1st for his Schubert Motorsport team, which also secured the workforce title at the initial endeavor.

Franciscus van Meel (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a superb working day for the complete BMW M Motorsport loved ones! Congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert for successful the workforce and drivers’ championships! Every person concerned – the group, the motorists and the motor vehicle – delivered fantastic performances in the course of the year and deserved this triumph. It is a really psychological working day for us all. Even more so, as Marco Wittmann also managed to acquire the last race. Seeing him and Sheldon celebrating jointly like that on the podium shows how perfectly anyone will get on in the BMW M Motorsport family members. Now we can celebrate!”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “Right now, it is extremely hard for me to explain my thoughts. There are a million ideas going through my head. I had a several sleepless evenings this 7 days. I have to acknowledge that the strain of heading into this weekend as championship chief was massive. It feels excellent now that this pounds is off my shoulders. Ever considering that I was a kid, I have dreamed of driving in the DTM. I am unbelievably happy and delighted now that I have gained it. Expanding up in South Africa, generating the leap to the DTM appeared a really extensive way away. But now it has all labored out – I can hardly believe it!”

A significant congratulations to the younger driver who we will be looking at at the BMW M Fest this weekend so really don’t neglect to let him know that he is the first at any time DTM Winner from sunny South Africa.

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