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Kelvin van der Linde (born 20 June 1996) is a South African racing driver currently competing in the Blancpain GT Series and ADAC GT Masters. He made his GT Masters debut in 2014, also winning the championship that year, and has competed in Blancpain events since 2015.

Kelvin van der Linde
NationalitySouth African
Born (1996-06-20) 20 June 1996 (age 23)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Related toEtienne van der Linde (uncle)
Sheldon van der Linde (brother)
ADAC GT Masters career
Debut season2014
Current teamC. Abt Racing
Car no.1
Starts20
Wins3
Poles4
Fastest laps1
Previous series
2015
2014
2013
2011–2012
2006–2010
TCR International Series
Blancpain Sprint Series
Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup
Volkswagen Cup South Africa
Karting
Championship titles
2014
2013
2011–2012
2008, 2010
ADAC GT Masters
Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup
Volkswagen Cup South Africa
South African Karting Championship

Contents

Racing careerEdit

 
van der Linde placed fourth in the 2017 Australian GT Championship driving an Audi R8 LMS

Van der Linde started his racing career in karting at the age of 8 in 2006. He won two South African Karting Championships in 2008 and 2010.

In 2011, van der Linde became the youngest ever driver to compete in Volkswagen Cup South Africa at age 14. At the end of the 2011 season, van der Linde won the Volkswagen Cup rookie championship as well as finishing 3rd in his debut season in the series. In 2012, van der Linde became South Africa’s youngest ever national champion at the age of 16 years and 128 days old when he won the Volkswagen Cup South Africa, the previous record was held by his uncle, Etienne van der Linde, who won the South African National Formula Vee title in 1994 at the age of 16 years and 270 days.

In 2013, van der Linde made even more history when he won his first International Championship. At the age of 17, he became the youngest ever winner of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup and earned his place as a Volkswagen supported junior driver for the 2014 season. In 2014, van der Linde again defied the odds by becoming the youngest ever ADAC GT Masters pole sitter, race winner and championship winner.[1]

In 2018, van der Linde attempted the Bathurst 12 Hour, crashing in the 3rd quarter of the race and ultimately finishing 30 laps down.

Racing recordEdit

Season Series Position Car Team
2017 Australian GT Championship 4th Audi R8 LMS JAMEC PEM Racing

Complete TCR International Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 Liqui Moly Team Engstler Audi TT Cup MYS
1
MYS
2
CHN
1
CHN
2
ESP
1
ESP
2
POR
1

4
POR
2

12†
ITA
1
ITA
2
AUT
1
AUT
2
RUS
1
RUS
2
RBR
1
RBR
2
SIN
1
SIN
2
THA
1
THA
2
MAC
1
MAC
2
21st 13

Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018   Jamec Pem Racing   Garth Tander
  Frédéric Vervisch
Audi R8 LMS APP 241 27th 7th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kelvin van der Linde career statistics". Driver Database. Retrieved 8 June 2015.

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