Sheldon van der Linde managed to position third in the remaining race at the Hockenheimring (GER) to claim the championship providing BMW their 1st winner due to the fact Marco Wittmann in 2016 and South Africa’s 1st-at any time DTM winner.
Van der Linde held his nerve on the ultimate race weekend of the year. On Saturday, he overcame a grid penalty to struggle his way up from 16th to second area. He claimed fifth on the grid on Sunday and followed this up by ending third to arrive at the podium following a faultless race. He chalked up 164 factors to top the drivers’ standings, 11 much more than Lucas Auer (AUT, Mercedes) in second location.
Van der Linde celebrated a few wins and six podiums in his championship season. It was his fourth period in the DTM and the very first for his Schubert Motorsport crew, which also secured the staff title at the to start with attempt.
Franciscus van Meel (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a excellent day for the entire BMW M Motorsport relatives! Congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert for successful the team and drivers’ championships! Anyone involved – the group, the drivers and the automobile – delivered superb performances all through the season and deserved this triumph. It is a incredibly psychological day for us all. Even a lot more so, as Marco Wittmann also managed to win the ultimate race. Viewing him and Sheldon celebrating alongside one another like that on the podium exhibits how very well everyone receives on in the BMW M Motorsport household. Now we can rejoice!”
Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “Right now, it is impossible for me to explain my feelings. There are a million thoughts likely by means of my head. I had a handful of sleepless nights this week. I have to confess that the force of heading into this weekend as championship leader was enormous. It feels fantastic now that this excess weight is off my shoulders. At any time because I was a child, I have dreamed of driving in the DTM. I am unbelievably happy and delighted now that I have received it. Growing up in South Africa, earning the leap to the DTM appeared a pretty extended way away. But now it has all labored out – I can barely feel it!”
A huge congratulations to the young driver who we will be seeing at the BMW M Fest this weekend so do not ignore to let him know that he is the 1st ever DTM Winner from sunny South Africa.