RACERS REV UP: Van der Linde is one of a number of South Africans racers who'll be competing across Europe this month. Image: Supplied
Johannesburg - Several South African drivers will be competing internationally from April 16-17, as what is believed to be a record number of South African motorsport competitors competing in several top global series.
The action starts in Germany and England on Saturday afternoon with SA duo Kelvin van der Linde and Jordan Pepper set to race in the opening round of the ADAC GT Masters at Oschersleben, while young Jonathan Aberdein makes his ADAC German Formula 4 debut at the same meeting.
Across the channel, Eugene Denyssen and Sisa Ngebulana will be racing in the British Formula 3 at Brands Hatch in England. Meanwhile in the USA, Stephen Simpson will race IMSA sports cars at Long Beach, California.
Former SA A1 GP driver Simpson finds himself at the top end of the US IMSA Prototype Challenge championship following victory in the Daytona 24 and fourth place in the 12 hours of Sebring and heads west with another victory on his mind this weekend.
2014 ADAC GT Masters champion van der Linde switches to a new Audi team with Car Collection in an all-new R8 LMS, while 2015 race winner Pepper is one of the Bentley Boys in the new Team ABT Continental GT.
The South Africans will face a top class field of international superstars driving the world’s finest racing supercars when the tenth ADAC GT Masters that kicks off on April 16.
Double Cape karting champion Aberdein begins his overseas race career in the German Formula 4 series, where he will face the likes of Mick, son of the great Michael Schumacher. Another multiple Cape and national karting champion, Denyssen, starts his second British F3 race, where he and Ngebulana will be hoping for better luck and clear weather at Brands Hatch.
Simpson, van der Linde, Pepper, Aberdein, Deneyssen and Ngebulana are among a growing list of top South African drivers competing in overseas events. All of them deserve every ounce of recognition.
Another South African, little Aqil Alibhai, 9, will compete at the Formula Kart Stars this weekend.
Here are the racers:
1. Kelvin van der Linde - ADAC GT Masters
2. Jordan Pepper - ADAC GT Masters
3. Jonathan Aberdein - ADAC German Formula 4
4. Eugene Denyssen - British Formula 3
5. Sisa Ngebulana - British Formula 3
6. Stephen Simpson - IMSA
7. Aqil Alibhai - Formula Kart Stars