Sheldon van der Linde, youngest of the third generation of the famous Van der Linde racing clan, will make his debut in the Junior Rok class in a Ferodo Birel at this weekend’s opening round of the 2011 Engen Rok National Karting Championships in Port Elizabeth.
The 11-year-old grade 6 pupil from Dainfern in Gauteng comes with strong credentials, having won the 2010 national Rotax Max Karting Challenge Mini Max class and also the Northern Regions Mini Max title to emulate the feat of his 14-year-old brother Kelvin, who won both titles in 2008. Sheldon was national GP Junior karting champion in 2008 at the age of nine and was the youngest driver to be invited to the Rok World Finals.
Sheldon completed a closely-fought 2010 Rotax Max Challenge season with a 603-599,3 victory in the Mini Max class from Marco Busi. By contrast, he easily won the regional Mini Max title 559-503 from Aeden van Vuuren, winning 15 of the 18 races and only failing to finish on the podium once.
This season he will for the first time be enjoying support from Ferodo as well as regular sponsor Autoquip and his Birel will be racing in the distinctive red, black and white Ferodo colours.
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