December 1, 2022


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

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

Sheldon van der Linde managed to place third in the final race at the Hockenheimring (GER) to assert the championship giving BMW their very first winner considering the fact that Marco Wittmann in 2016 and South Africa’s initially-ever DTM champion.

Van der Linde held his nerve on the remaining race weekend of the time. On Saturday, he overcame a grid penalty to battle his way up from 16th to second location. He claimed fifth on the grid on Sunday and adopted this up by ending third to attain the podium following a faultless race. He chalked up 164 points to major the drivers’ standings, 11 far more than Lucas Auer (AUT, Mercedes) in 2nd area.

Van der Linde celebrated three wins and six podiums in his championship time. It was his fourth time in the DTM and the initial for his Schubert Motorsport workforce, which also secured the staff title at the to start with endeavor.

Franciscus van Meel (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a exceptional working day for the entire BMW M Motorsport spouse and children! Congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert for successful the staff and drivers’ championships! All people concerned – the group, the drivers and the car – delivered wonderful performances in the course of the year and deserved this triumph. It is a pretty psychological day for us all. Even much more so, as Marco Wittmann also managed to get the remaining race. Viewing him and Sheldon celebrating collectively like that on the podium displays how well all people receives on in the BMW M Motorsport household. Now we can celebrate!”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “Right now, it is not possible for me to explain my emotions. There are a million feelings likely via my head. I experienced a number of sleepless nights this week. I have to admit that the tension of likely into this weekend as championship chief was massive. It feels fantastic now that this body weight is off my shoulders. Ever given that I was a child, I have dreamed of driving in the DTM. I am unbelievably very pleased and delighted now that I have won it. Rising up in South Africa, creating the leap to the DTM seemed a pretty very long way away. But now it has all labored out – I can barely feel it!”

A significant congratulations to the young driver who we will be observing at the BMW M Fest this weekend so never fail to remember to let him know that he is the 1st at any time DTM Winner from sunny South Africa.

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