November 29, 2022


Creating a higher standard

Is Sheldon van Der Linde’s Title Next?

A few of months in the past, I was in Austria, interviewing DTM driver Sheldon van der Linde, after his race at the Purple Bull Ring. In the course of my job interview, van der Linde was main the driver’s standings but, immediately after an 11th place end, other drivers have been starting to capture up. He nevertheless had a very good probability at winning the title, but I could tell he wasn’t happy with his efficiency on that working day. However, van der Linde managed to set on a considerably far better performance at the Hockenheimring previously nowadays, giving his crew, Schubert Motorsport, enough points to clinch the group championship title for the 2022 time.

Immediately after a challenging fought race, in which van der Linde came back again from a 16th place start—thanks to a rule infraction from his team—he was capable to finish in next. That next position complete gave him enough points for team Schubert to clinch the staff title, regardless of there still staying a different race still left.

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As for van der Linde himself, he has 149 details on the time, just two much more than Lucas Auer, from Mercedes-AMG workforce Winward. Tomorrow, if his finishes ahead of Auer, van der Linde will win the championship. Even so, Auer is the one who gained today’s race at Hockenheim, proving that he and his auto are really fast there. Although, van der Linda’s lousy starting grid placement unquestionably damage his likelihood of having the earn, so a much better qualifying tomorrow may well give him a improved shot. He may possibly have pushed heroically, likely from 16th to second location but that was not more than enough to rating him the acquire and continue to keep Auer off his tail.

It would be quite neat if van der Linde could take the championship title following year. Not only mainly because he would have so in a BMW M4 GT3 but for the reason that van der Linde is effortless to root for. The 23-12 months aged South African is an unbelievably humble and down-to-earth driver who races in DTM with his older brother (Kevin van der Linde, who drives an Audi R8 for team ABT Sportsline). So observing him bring home the driver’s championship, although also aiding his crew snag the team championship, all though driving a BMW M4 GT3 would be very great for admirers of DTM and BMW.