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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.”