In the latest installment of the series, we asked Audi Sport’s Kelvin van der Linde what’s on his motorsport bucketlist.
I guess a lot of people would tell you Le Mans for obvious reasons, but seeing as at the moment it’s not really realistic because Audi doesn’t have a GT car at Le Mans, I would say the Daytona 24 Hours. It’s a race I’ve been watching for as long as I can remember and it always mystifies me. I’ve never been there but it looks like an amazing atmosphere with the lights and the merry-go-rounds at the track and of course the American culture of racing I really enjoy.
It’s the small things that as a racing driver you look for – when you’re listening to the radio and hearing the spotter telling you there’s a car on your left, there’s a car on your right. It’s these little things that we don’t typically have in Europe that make it special.
I’d really like to do the Bathurst 12 Hour because of the thrill of the track, but as an overall package Daytona would have to be at the top, so let’s see in the future. For now it’s difficult because from the manufacturer’s perspective, Audi is going to choose the drivers who have been there before and have possibly won the event. If they have a customer cars available where they can place a young driver like me then they’ll do that, but those slots are limited.
We saw at Le Mans for many years it was Pirro, Kristensen and Beila who were the guys to beat and it takes time to reshuffle the line-up. My goal for now is to show what I can do in the customer car, then hopefully Audi notices!
To read Racing.GT’s full interview with van der Linde about his remarkable rise through the ranks and the pressures of being a factory driver at 19, click here.