Bittersweet Audi Sport TT Cup weekend comes good for van der Linde
South Africa’s Audi Sport TT Cup sensation Sheldon van der Linde continued his winning ways when he took his third victory out of four in the second race at the Nurburgring Saturday.
“I am delighted with my second race performance today,” Sheldon admitted. “I enjoyed a great dice with Dennis Marshall, but this win is extremely important for me.” The 17 year-old Dainfern driver won both races on his series debut at Hockenheim earlier in May and his Nurburgring victory now sees Sheldon open a six-point championship advantage over Marshall.
The weekend was not without its challenges however, when the series rookie pushed too hard on cold tyres and left the track early in the first race, but still he fought back from 12th to seventh. “I just took too much of a risk too early,” van der Linde explained. “My rear tires were not properly up to temperature and I slipped off the track and dropped back to 12th, but I managed to fight back to seventh, which was enough to defend my overall championship lead,”
“I must thank my brother Kelvin who helped me tremendously at the Nürburgring this weekend,” Sheldon concluded. “His support has been priceless.”
The Audi Sport TT Cup now heads to the series’ home round at the Norisring June 24-26.