Sheldon van der Linde managed to put 3rd in the final race at the Hockenheimring (GER) to claim the championship supplying BMW their 1st winner considering that Marco Wittmann in 2016 and South Africa’s to start with-ever DTM champion.

Van der Linde held his nerve on the remaining race weekend of the time. On Saturday, he overcame a grid penalty to struggle his way up from 16th to next location. He claimed fifth on the grid on Sunday and followed this up by finishing 3rd to reach the podium right after a faultless race. He chalked up 164 details to prime the drivers’ standings, 11 additional than Lucas Auer (AUT, Mercedes) in second spot.

Van der Linde celebrated 3 wins and 6 podiums in his championship period. It was his fourth time in the DTM and the very first for his Schubert Motorsport crew, which also secured the workforce title at the first try.

Franciscus van Meel (CEO BMW M GmbH): “What a wonderful day for the overall BMW M Motorsport spouse and children! Congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and Schubert for winning the team and drivers’ championships! All people associated – the team, the drivers and the car or truck – delivered wonderful performances in the course of the time and deserved this triumph. It is a extremely emotional working day for us all. Even extra so, as Marco Wittmann also managed to win the remaining race. Observing him and Sheldon celebrating jointly like that on the podium reveals how effectively all people will get on in the BMW M Motorsport loved ones. Now we can rejoice!”

Sheldon van der Linde (#31 BMW M4 GT3, Schubert Motorsport): “Right now, it is unachievable for me to describe my feelings. There are a million thoughts going through my head. I experienced a several sleepless evenings this week. I have to acknowledge that the strain of going into this weekend as championship chief was huge. It feels superb now that this excess weight is off my shoulders. Ever due to the fact I was a little one, I have dreamed of driving in the DTM. I am unbelievably proud and delighted now that I have gained it. Growing up in South Africa, earning the leap to the DTM seemed a really lengthy way away. But now it has all labored out – I can hardly consider it!”

A huge congratulations to the younger driver who we will be observing at the BMW M Fest this weekend so really don’t overlook to enable him know that he is the very first at any time DTM Winner from sunny South Africa.