Van der Linde History

Prizegiving2008vanderlindesHennie van der Linde won five national modified saloon car championships from 1972 to 1986. He dominated modified saloon car racing in 1984, 1985 and 1986 in his legendary 6-cylinder Nissan Skyline GTX.   This combination won 57 races in a row – a record that will stand for a long time. 

Shaun won five titles in Formula GTI, touring cars and production cars from 1992 to 2004. He started racing a class E Golf 1300 in 1989 in the Ultimoil Challenge.  One year later he became the 1990 Rookie of the Year in Formula GTi racing, when he finished 3rd overall. From then on it was success after success. The South African Drivers Championship in Formula GTi Champion and Springbok colours were next in 1992.  Then it was into a BMW 325 Development Saloon Car Team in 1993.  This was followed by a win in Group N Racing at the Nurburgring, Germany, and the South African Super Touring Car Title. He raced at Donnington in the UK and then into the South African Touring Car Championship till 2000 against the Opels, Audi’s and Nissans. Then back into BMW Production cars where he won again, until his first outing in a Mini, where he shone.

Etienne won national championships in karting, Formula Vee and Formula GTI in SouthAfrica and in Formula Opel in Europe and Germany in 1998.

Kelvin has acquired an impressive list of achievements since his first kart race at the tender age of eight. In 2008 Kelvin and his younger brother Sheldon made South African motor racing history when they both won national karting championships in the same year. Kelvin won both national and northern regions Mini Max championships in the Rotax Max Challenge. In 2010 Kelvin and Sheldon again won two National karting championships. Kelvin taking the honours in the Engen National Karting Junior Rok class and also in the Northern Regions Rotax  Max Challenge Junior Max category; Sheldon in the Rotax Mini-Max class.

In 2011 Kelvin won the overall Goldwagen Championship and was placed third in the Wesbank Super Series VW Polo Cup. Sheldon also finished the year off strong with a fifth place finish in the Junior Max class. In 2012 Kelvin won the Engen VW Polo Cup Championship title at 16 years and 128 days beating his uncle Etienne’s record, who won the SouthAfrican Formula Vee Championship at 16 years and 270 days old in 1994. In 2013 Kelvin won the Scirocco R-cup Championship in Germany.

During 2014 Sheldon will be racing VW Polo-cup in South Africa, and Kelvin ADAC GT Masters in Europe.


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