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 area 3rd in the last race at the Hockenheimring (GER) to assert the championship giving BMW their initially winner due to the fact Marco Wittmann in 2016 and South Africa’s to start with-at any time DTM champion.

Van der Linde held his nerve on the ultimate race weekend of the year. On Saturday, he overcame a grid penalty to fight his way up from 16th to 2nd location. He claimed fifth on the grid on Sunday and followed this up by ending 3rd to arrive at the podium immediately after a faultless race. He chalked up 164 points to best the drivers’ standings, 11 extra than Lucas Auer (AUT, Mercedes) in second place.

Van der Linde celebrated a few wins and 6 podiums in his championship period. It was his fourth time in the DTM and the initial for his Schubert Motorsport crew, which also secured the workforce title at the 1st endeavor.

Franciscus van Meel (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a exceptional day for the total BMW M Motorsport family! Congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert for winning the team and drivers’ championships! All people concerned – the group, the motorists and the auto – sent amazing performances all over the season and deserved this triumph. It is a incredibly emotional day for us all. Even much more so, as Marco Wittmann also managed to win the remaining race. Viewing him and Sheldon celebrating jointly like that on the podium exhibits how properly everybody gets on in the BMW M Motorsport family. Now we can rejoice!”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “Right now, it is extremely hard for me to describe my feelings. There are a million thoughts going through my head. I had a number of sleepless nights this week. I have to admit that the strain of heading into this weekend as championship chief was significant. It feels superb now that this body weight is off my shoulders. At any time considering the fact that I was a kid, I have dreamed of driving in the DTM. I am unbelievably very pleased and delighted now that I have received it. Increasing up in South Africa, creating the leap to the DTM seemed a incredibly extended way away. But now it has all worked out – I can barely believe that it!”

A enormous congratulations to the youthful driver who we will be looking at at the BMW M Fest this weekend so really do not neglect to let him know that he is the initial at any time DTM Winner from sunny South Africa.

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