Strong Weekend moves Van der Linde & Emery to 2nd in Australian GT Championship

Strong Weekend moves Van der Linde & Emery to 2nd in Australian GT Championship

Round 3 of the Australian GT Championship at Barbagallo Raceway marked another important step in the 2017 Australian GT title race for Kelvin van der Linde and Geoff Emery, as the pair leave Barbagallo Raceway second in the drivers Championship. After a closely contested Qualifying on […]

Audi Sport Team Land secure 24HR Nurburgring Blue Light

Audi Sport Team Land secure 24HR Nurburgring Blue Light

Despite a slow start to the weekend. Audi Sport Team Land managed to secure the all important blue light and an automatic spot in the Top 30 shootout for next months famous 24H Nurburgring! Car #28 was shared by Kelvin van der Linde, Pierre Kaffer […]

Kelvin takes on 4th GT Masters season with Aust

Kelvin takes on 4th GT Masters season with Aust

Kelvin van der Linde is set to replace Pierre Kaffer in the Audi R8 LMS fielded by Aust Motorsport.

Change of drivers at Aust Motorsport. Pierre Kaffer is unable to compete in the ADAC GT Masters as planned due to a clash of dates with commitments in the USA. However, the team from Rietberg in north-west Germany have found a replacement at short notice in South African driver Kelvin van der Linde, who won the title in 2014 alongside René Rast. Van der Linde will now team up with Markus Pommer in one of two Audi R8 LMS in this season’s GT Masters Championship.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Aust Motorsport and the first roll-out for testing at Oschersleben,” says Kelvin, who is also contesting this year’s Australian GT championship with an Audi R8 LMS and has already secured two wins.

Team Principal Frank Aust with an eye to the future: “We still have a lot of work ahead of us in view of the highly competitive nature of the ADAC GT Masters, but I’m certain that we can achieve success with our terrific team. We’re looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead.”

The first race of the season will take place in Oschersleben from 28-30 April.

 

Audi Sport the class of the field at Albert Park

Audi Sport the class of the field at Albert Park

Audi Sport Customer Racing Australia proved the class of the field at Round 2 of the Australian GT Championship race at Albert Park, claiming two race wins, including a 1-2-3 in the opening race, and the overall round victory. Kelvin van der Linde was unbeatable in […]

Kelvin secures Factory Nurburgring 24HR deal

Kelvin secures Factory Nurburgring 24HR deal

A strong Audi line-up for the 24 Hours at the Nürburgring: In Germany’s major endurance race to be held from May 25 to 28, Audi Sport customer racing will be supporting Audi Sport Team Land and Audi Sport Team WRT. The two teams will each […]

Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

Kelvin to make Australian GT debut in Adelaide

The Australian GT Championship will kick off its season with a 27-car grid as both Audi and McLaren enter factory drivers for the Clipsal 500 weekend.

After Christopher Mies spearheaded Audi’s attack down under for the last two seasons, his factory slot will be taken up by Kelvin van der Linde in Adelaide next week. The 20-year-old will join Geoff Emery – who returns after injuring himself in a crash in Western Australia last season – in the #74 Jamec Pem Audi.

“I am extremely excited to join Jamec Pem for the 2017 season. It has always been on my bucket-list to go an race down under. We go to a lot of great race tracks and street circuits, which will add to the challenge. We will be sharing most race weekends with the V8 Supercars and will join the opening round of the Formula 1 in Melbourne, which is super exciting for me.”

McLaren, meanwhile, has drafted in Blancpain Endurance champion Come Ledogar for Clipsal, the Frenchman reuniting with Tekno Autosports to join Fraser Ross behind the wheel.

Scott Taylor Motorsport will field two Mercedes AMGs, one for Craig Baird and Scott Taylor, and another from Max Twigg, who joins the Mercedes fold after racing a BMW last season.

Twigg will be replaced in the BMW Team SRM entry by James Bergmuller, the Carrera Cup regular making the switch to Australian GT to join Steve Richards in the factory-backed M6.

Tony Bates and Tony Quinn will both race Aston Martins, Bates in a Miedecke Stone car and Quinn in a Darrell Lea car, while Bentley will return to Australian GT with John Bowe and Melinda Price sharing the Heretic Autosport car.

Walkinshaw has also made a change in its line-up, with Liam Talbot to race its Porsche in Adelaide.

Australian GT – Round 1 entry list

# Team Car Drivers
3 Bondi Wholefoods Audi R8 LMS Ash Samadi
4 McElrea Racing Lamborghini R-EX Tim Miles/Jaxon Evans
5 GT Motorsport Audi R8 LMS Greg Taylor/Nathan Antunes
7 Darrell Lea Aston Martin Vantage V12 Tony Quinn
8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Max Twigg
9 Hallmarc Constrictios Audi R8 LMS Marc Cini
11 Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 Tony Walls
14 Peter Major Lamborghini R-EX Peter Major
18 Heretic Autosport Bentley Continental GT3 John Bowe/Melinda Price
19 Hogs Breath Café/Griffith Corporation Mercedes-AMG GT3 Mark Griffith
23 JBS Australia Lamborghini R-EX Roger Lago/David Russell
24 Miedecke Stone Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage V12 Tony Bates
29 Pirelli/Trofeo Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Jim Manolios/Dean Canto
44 Supabarn Supermarkets Audi R8 LMS James Koundouris/Ash Walsh
48 Interlloy M Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX Justin McMillan/Glen Wood
51 AMAC Motorsport Porsche 997 GT3-R Andrew Macpherson/Brad Shiels
59 Tekno Autosports McLaren 650S GT3 Fraser Ross/Come Ledogar
73 Triffid.Bar.Venue Lamborghini R-EX Michael Hovey
74 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS Geoff Emery/Kelvin van der Linde
75 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS Steve McLaughlan
100 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 Steve Richards/James Bergmuller
222 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 Scott Taylor/Craig Baird
777 The Bend Motorsport Park Lamborghini R-EX Yasser Shahin
911 Walkinshaw GT3 Porsche 911 GT3-R Liam Talbot
15 Veloce Motorsport – ULX110 Porsche GT3 Cup Car Keith Wong/Michael Almond
68 Michael O’Donnell Porsche GT3 Cup Car Michael O’Donnell
69 Koala Motorsport Lamborghini R-EX Brenton Griguol/Tim Macrow

 

Source: https://www.motorsport.com/australian-gt/news/australian-gt-confirms-27-car-field-for-clipsal-876140/?s=1

Successful DTM Debut for Kelvin

Successful DTM Debut for Kelvin

During the last week, Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde got his first real taste of the professional DTM environment.  Spread out over 4 days, Audi gave four young drivers the chance to test the latest version of the Audi RS5 DTM at the […]

Kelvin to run in DTM Young Driver test in Jerez

Kelvin to run in DTM Young Driver test in Jerez

2014 ADAC GT Masters Champion and current Factory Audi GT3 driver, Kelvin van der Linde will run in the DTM Young driver test in Jerez next week. Following a number of outings in the Audi RS5 DTM taxi car, Kelvin will complete his first official […]

Successful Debut for RS3 LMS on the Green Hell

Successful Debut for RS3 LMS on the Green Hell

Audi’s new TCR contender has made a successful competition debut in Saturday’s VLN race, with the pair of RS 3 LMS cars finishing 18th and 22nd overall in a field of 140 cars.

Jordi Gene and Kelvin van der Linde took the Phoenix Racing-entered No. 801 Audi to a third place class finish in the SPX class, for unclassified or experimental cars, more than two minutes ahead of the SP3T class-winning entry, which TCR cars compete in.

The sister RS 3 LMS of Rahel Frey and Christopher Haase finished 22nd overall, in a race won overall by the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Mies and Connor de Phillippi for the third time this season.

“The results were of secondary importance in this test run,” said Head of Audi Sport customer racing Chris Reinke. “Far more important was the fact that both cars finished without any technical issues and that our drivers felt comfortable in difficult conditions.

“The successful test run on the Nordschleife was an important milestone in the development of the new Audi RS 3 LMS, with deliveries of the car beginning before the year is out.”

The car, which completed initial testing at both Adria and Vallelunga earlier this month, will be eligible for TCR competition worldwide beginning next year, with the touring car platform set to be adopted in Pirelli World Challenge at some point next year.

It is also under evaluation as a replacement to the ST class in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for 2018.

Kelvin wants to repeat recent Nurburgring Success

Kelvin wants to repeat recent Nurburgring Success

South Africa’s 2014 ADAC GT Masters champion Kelvin van der Linde heads to the Nurburgring’s fifth round of the ADAC German GT season 9-10 August looking to keep on improving his Car Collection Audi R8. “Nurburgring was our happy hunting ground last year,” Kelvin pointed out. […]