Sheldon van der Linde clinched his seventh podium position this year in the Audi Sport TT Cup at the Hungaroring. As a result, the South African climbed back up to third place in the overall standings. “The first race was not to my satisfaction,” said van der Linde. “The car wasn’t running perfectly, so I couldn’t really attack in order to at least secure a place on the podium.”
With race two, the 17- year-old was clearly happier. “Especially because I was often struck by misfortune in the past races. As far as the title race is concerned, my priority now is on the rookies’ classification because in the overall classification it’s going to be pretty hard for me.”
Dennis Marschall made his mark on the Hungarian premiere of the Audi Sport TT Cup. The German celebrated two lights-to-flag victories at the Hungaroring. In the guest entrants’ classification, two stars from the FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK), Chaz Davies and Xavi Forés, were on the grid. The Spaniard Forés decided the duel of the motorcycle campaigners in his favor and celebrated a third and a second place.
For Davies, both races ended early following collisions he was not at fault in. Milan Dontje from the Netherlands secured victory twice. Joonas Lappalainen defended his top spot in the overall standings. The 18-year-old now has a tally of 239 points, trailed by Marschall with 230. Van der Linde, with 197 points, is in position three. He is leading the rookies’ classification with a one-point advantage over Nicklas Nielsen. The final round of the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup will be held as part of the DTM season finale at the Hockenheimring from October 14 to 16. – Audi Sport