Born & raised in South Africa, Kelvin started his racing career in Karting at the age of 8 in 2006. Since then, Kelvin went on to win two South African Karting Championships in 2008 and 2010 and a Senior Circuit South African Championship in Engen Volkswagen Polo Cup. 

In 2011 Kelvin became the youngest ever driver to compete in a National South African Senior Circuit event at age 14 and a the end of the 2011 season, Kelvin won the Volkswagen Cup rookie championship as well as finishing 3rd in his debut season in the series.

In 2012, Kelvin became South Africa’s youngest ever national champion at 16 years and 128 days old when he won the Engen VW Polo Cup Championship, the previous record was held by his uncle, Etienne van der Linde, who won the South African National Formula Vee title in 1994 at the age of 16 years and 270 days. 

2013 was a breakthrough year for Kelvin as he made even more history when he won his first International Championship. At the age of 17, Kelvin became the youngest ever winner of the Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup and earned his place as a Volkswagen supported Junior driver for the 2014 season. 

Leading on from the previous year’s success, Kelvin wrapped up back to back European titles with the Volkswagen Group when he became the youngest ever ADAC GT Masters Champion at age 18 driving an Audi R8 LMS Ultra. Kelvin has been supporting the VW Group since he started his main circuit career in 2011 and has earned a spot in Audi’s official driver pool of GT Drivers competing worldwide.

About Kelvin van der Linde

Born: 20 June 1996

Place of Birth: Johannesburg, South Africa

Lives: Kempten, Germany

Age: 19

Height: 1.83m

Weight: 70 kg

Other Interests: Triathlon; Sim-Racing

Racing Experience: 7 Years

International Championships: 2

South African National Championships: 3

Motorsport Ambition: Win DTM Championship / Win 24hr Le Mans

Kelvin van der Linde Race CV

2015 – Audi Sport Official GT Driver ADAC GT Masters

             TCR International Series (1 Race)

             Blancpain GT Series

2014 – ADAC GT Masters Champion with C. Abt Racing Audi

             Youngest ever GT Masters Pole sitter and Race Winner

             Volkswagen Junior Driver

             South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year

             Youngest ever FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy WINNER

2013 – European Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Champion

             Youngest ever South African International Championship winner

            1 of 4 finalists for the Porsche Junior Programme

            FIA Academy Member 2013/2014

            South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Motor Sportsman of the Year

            Protea South African Motorsport Colours

2012 – South African Volkswagen Polo Cup Champion

            Youngest ever Senior South African National Champion

2011 – Volkswagen Polo Cup and Volkswagen Challenge

            Volkswagen Challenge Regional Champion/Rookie of the Year/Driver of the Year

            3rd in South African Volkswagen Polo Cup Championship/Rookie of the Year

2010 – Junior ROK and Junior Max Karting Championships

             South African National Junior ROK Karting Champion

             2nd South African National Junior Max Championship

             Northern Regions Junior Max Karting Championship

2009 – Northern Regions Junior Max Karting Champion

             8th in South African Junior Max Karting National Karting Championship

2008 – South African National Mini Max Karting Champion 

             Northern Regions Mini Max Karting Champion

2007 – 4th Northern Regions Mini Max Karting Championship

             6th South African National Mini Max Karting Championship

2006 – 4th Northern Regions GP Junior Karting Championship 

              First season in motorsport

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