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2013-08-12 10:25

MAKING SA PROUD: Kelvin van der Linde is having a fantastic motorsport year in 2013 and has been chosen to represent SA at the Africa leg of the FIA young driver academy. Image: Vanderlinde RacingM

PETER BURROUGHES

JOHANNESBUG, South Africa - Kelvin van der Linde’s stand-out year in motorsport continues as the youngster will represent Motorsport South Africa (MSA) at the Africa regional training and selection event of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.

The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy is a project by the global controlling body of motorsport to develop young driver talent worldwide. It offers a fully-funded training programme that helps drivers develop their motorsport careers, while increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.

UNANIMOUS DECISION


MSA’s selection of the 17-year-old, was unanimous and followed a rigorous application process in which 25 applicants, between the ages of 17 and 23, were reduced to a shortlist of five. The shortlisted drivers were interviewed by a panel which included former Formula 1 driver, Ian Scheckter.

MSA CEO Adrian Scholtz, who was a member of the selection panel, said: "The panel was unanimous in its decision that Linde would be best placed to represent South Africa at the selection event.

"We are confident that the maturity, confidence, professionalism and humility demonstrated by Linde during his interview, in addition to his unquestionable racing ability, will stand him in good stead in his bid to secure a place in the elite Academy.”

Linde, the youngest South African national circuit racing champion yet, when he won the 2012 Volkswagen Cup champion at the age of 16, currently leads the international Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup in Germany after winning three of the four races held so far.

He flies to the famed Nurburgring in Germany in August for rounds five and six (August 16-18, 2013).

'BIG DIFFERENCE TO MY CAREER'

He said: "Naturally, I’m thrilled and proud to have been chosen by MSA to represent South Africa at this prestigious and important training and selection event. It will make a big difference to my motor racing career if I win a place in the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy.

"I’d like to thank the MSA and the selection panel for putting their trust and confidence in me during the process as well as my family, friends and supporters for their unconditional support in my career so far."

The training and selection event for the Africa region will be hosted and organised on behalf of the FIA Institute by Motorsport South Africa and is to be held at the end of September 2013.
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