MOTORSPORT

Local is lekker! DTM at Hockenheim ring with Mzansi magic

Kelvin on pole and not even a race restart could slow him, leading convincingly from start to finish

TopGear Reporter
October 5, 2021
No items found.

This past weekend saw rounds 13 and 14 of the DTM season play out at Hockenheim and the championship battle between Kelvin van Der Linde and Liam Lawson reaching boiling point. 


Needing a strong weekend to keep the championship alive, Kelvin converted a pole position into a race one win. Van Der Linde’s teammate Mike Rockenfeller did him a massive service by stealing points away from championship rival, Liam Lawson, after coming back from P17 to finish P3, behind Alex Albon who finished P2. It was all too dramatic. A trademark for the series that has seen so much change and continues to be a mixed bag of goods.


Race Two and round 14 of the championship was a different affair with some bad mojo hanging over the racetrack. Van Der Linde carried 25 kg of success ballast on board from his win the previous day, an anchor that effectively slows you down 0.4 seconds per lap. VD Linde’s tenacity, though, proved he was a serious player and able to soak up the pressure fighting it out with Lawson. 


The two rivals engaged in a paint swapping battle before Kelvin eventually gave Liam a love tap resulting in a five-second penalty added to Kelvin’s time. The weight proved to be a further hindrance. Things went from bad to worse after not serving the earlier five-second penalty in the pits, saw an additional five-second penalty being issued. Double whammy! 


Lucas Auer took victory with Liam Lawson coming in 2nd and taking the championship lead with 14 points ahead of Kelvin, getting only 1 championship point after finishing in the 10th place (every point counts though).


Kelvin’s performance this year has been the outlier to note. His first season in DTM, which has been the holy grail for tin-top racers around the world, has proved what the young racer is capable of. Ask anyone which series you’d like to win and DTM will be the answer. Kelvin’s performance this year has not only been a huge testament to the talent that he is but also the perfect example of what happens when South African talent is backed. We know what could happen if there was more of that.


Round 15 and 16 will be the last of the season and be at Norisring. Who’s to say those points Rockenfeller took away in round 13 could decide the title? The good news is we don’t have to wait too long. This coming weekend will crown a new champion. Here’s holding out for Kelvin. Bring it home!


Words: Brent Van Der Schyff


Newsletter

Get Top Gear SA news and reviews in your inbox

Enter your email address to receive regular Top Gear SA newsletters

By clicking below you agree to receive news, promotions and offers by email from Top Gear SA. Your information will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

NEWS

For those seeking the darker side of the Lexus LC, the Nagoya-based manufacturer has lifted the veil off its Black Inspiration model

Lexus brings Black Inspiration pack to its LC, ditches its chrome

You know, for the days when a standard GT4 is too run of the mill…

Porsche is fine-tuning its Cayman GT4 RS

Land Rover is bolstering its Discovery range with the introduction of the Metropolitan Edition model.

Land Rover Discovery Metropolitan to join the range

Lighter, more comfortable 3D printed seats from Porsche

Can’t find the right fit? Porsche has the answer

Can you ever have enough in-car opulence when going off the beaten track?

Lexus once again brings luxury to the 4x4 trail

Inspired by the 60s, Alfa announced two new special edition models

No small-scale inspiration used for Alfa’s GT Juniors

LATEST FROM TOP GEAR SA