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It’s the South African way – mak­ing the best of what­ever is thrown your way. That’s ex­actly what Shel­don van der Linde did at the Assen Leg of the DTM cham­pi­onship to se­cure his first-ever win in this mo­tor­sport for­mat.

Start­ing from 14th on the grid on a soak­ing wet track, things didn’t look all that promis­ing for the BMW driver, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing Audi’s dom­i­nance dur­ing Race 1. How­ever, af­ter Fabio Scherer col­lided with the safety bar­ri­ers forc­ing a red-flag race restart, the young South African pro­ceeded to make lemon­ade, so to speak, and took con­trol of the race.

It couldn’t have been easy, though, with cham­pi­onship lead­ers Robin Fri­jns and Nico Müller breath­ing down his rear wing. In­stead of fal­ter­ing un­der the pres­sure, Van der Linde com­manded the lead and cre­ated a com­fort­able gap be­tween him­self and the charg­ing Audis to se­cure his maiden DTM win.

Ac­cord­ing to Van der Linde, he never thought a race win was in the cards at the start of the race: “It’s in­cred­i­ble. We started from 14th on the grid and moved up into P1. To be hon­est, a dream came true to­day. We never would have ex­pected it at the start. This shows that any­thing re­ally can hap­pen. The weather was re­ally strange the whole week­end but we were able to get the max­i­mum out of the race and my team had a fan­tas­tic strat­egy to­day. I’m just re­ally happy to have got my first DTM win.”

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