SA youngsters shine in Scirocco R-Cup

20 August 2013

Kelvin van der Linde’s dream run in the international Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup continued at the famed Nurburgring in Germany on Saturday, while fellow South African teenager Jordan Pepper also shone.

The 17-year-old South African star won his fourth successive race from pole position after dominating Friday’s practice and Saturday morning’s qualifying.

Racing on the same circuit as his father Shaun did when he won an international BMW Junior Driver shoot-out 20 years ago as a 19-year-old, the 17-year-old from Johannesburg led throughout the race and increased his championship lead to 80 points over his nearest challenger, Michelle Gatting of Denmark, who retired after a collision.

Race two

With the top eight finishers starting Sunday’s race two in reverse order, Van der Linde was eighth on the grid, with fellow South African Jordan Pepper, 16, on pole after finishing eighth in race one.

Although he was able to work his way up to fourth place on lap five of the 14-lap race on a shortened 3.62-kilometre version of the grand prix circuit, such is the competitiveness of the one-make formula, where all of the cars run on natural gas, that Van der Linde found himself in seventh place by the end of the race after swapping places almost every lap. Pepper took the checkered flag.

The 2012 South African Volkswagen Cup champion retains a commanding lead in the championship on 228 points with three rounds remaining. Pepper has moved up to second place with 168 points.

‘It was a tough race’

“It was a tough race,” Van der Linde admitted in a statement after Sunday’s round six.

“There was some locking and shoving and I made a mistake halfway through the race that cost me dearly.

“Much as I’d like to, you can’t win them all. From an overall race weekend point of view, I’m very happy. I scored the most points and still have a comfortable lead in the championship.

‘All about winning’

“Racing is all about winning and I look forward to the opportunity to add to my tally in the three [races] that lie ahead.”

The next round two rounds of the Championship are at Oschersleben, Germany on 19 and 20 October.

SAinfo reporter