Kelvin van der Linde continues to impress in his first season of national championship senior circuit racing. The 14-year-old reigning national Junior Rok karting champion, the youngest driver competing at this level, drove his Ferodo Volkswagen Polo to a second consecutive third overall for the day in the second round of the Engen Volkswagen Cup at Cape Town’s Killarney circuit on Saturday.
He handled his first visit to the tight and technically demanding Cape circuit, which celebrates its 50th birthday in 2011, with a maturity beyond his years as he made history by becoming the third generation Van der Linde to compete there after grandfather Hennie (a former national saloon car champion) and father Shaun (a former national Formula GTi, touring car and production car champion).
He qualified fifth on Friday and finished a creditable fourth and fifth in Saturday’s two eight-lap races. Local driver Kosie Weyers won the first race from Kyle Barnes and Bryan Morgan, while Devin Robertson took the honours in race two ahead of Weyers and Shaun la Reservee in the under-27 category.
A highlight of the day for the Dainfern College grade 9 pupil was competing against the legendary Sarel van der Merwe, 50 years his senior, who made a guest appearance in the Masters category in a Volkswagen Racing Polo. It was also a special occasion for Van der Merwe, a multiple rally and circuit racing champion who is best known for winning the Daytona 24 Hour endurance race in the United States in 1986. Kelvin was the third generation Van der Linde against whom Supervan has competed, after grandfather Hennie and father Shaun.
“Racing against Sarel was special,” admitted Van der Linde, “especially since he also raced against my grandfather and my father – and I beat him!” Van der Merwe finished 20th overall in the first race after starting near the back of the 27-car grid and was 12th in race two after starting 24th.
The next round of the Engen Volkswagen Cup is at the Aldo Scribante circuit in Port Elizabeth on April 30.
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