Reviews only two DTM test days for BMW teams: Why van der Linde completely missing

11:15  01 may  2021
11:15  01 may  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Van der Linde made a promising start to his DTM career last year, scoring points on a regular basis and even finishing fifth in only his second weekend at Zolder - despite BMW 's obvious disadvantage to Audi at the start of the Class One era. But the South African really came to the fore at the start of the Even though race leader Robin Frijns was running in clean air with a 10-second advantage up front, van der Linde was able to lap two -to-three seconds quicker on fresher tyres. Van der Linde ’s pace would have not been overlooked by Audi, especially after Lucas Auer and Timo Glock staged a similar

Van der Linde , who finished on the podium in the Spa 24 Hours in an Audi last year, hails from a motorsport family, which also includes his brother Kelvin – a fellow GT ace - and his uncle Etienne – a former F3000 Euro podium finisher. BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said van der Linde 's strong showing in the post-season DTM rookie test at Jerez last month was crucial to the decision to call up the South African. “It is great to have another talented youngster in our team ,” Marquardt said. “Sheldon made a fantastic impression at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM at the Young Driver Test in

Why the two BMW teams Rowe and Walkenhorst do without the third Lausitzring test day and Sheldon van der Linde will not be on site

will be next week Complete the DTM from Tuesday to Thursday on the Lausitzring the second and last official test before the start of the season in mid-June in Monza. But a pilot will not be part of the game: Rowe-Pilot Sheldon van der Linde.

"We will only be on site with a car and Timo Glock," confirms team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf in conversation with 'Motorsport.com'. The background: The ROWE team will use the Lausitzring for the first time the M6 ​​GT3 equipped with the Space-Drive system of Schaeffler-Paravan.

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Since the electronic steering is not used at Van der Lindes racing car, there is little sense for him to test because the driving characteristics of the two bolides differ.

Northern Grinding Stress: No Second Car for Van der Linde

But Why does the Rowe Rennstall do not bring a second car into Lausitz? This has to do with the extremely narrow schedule of the team from St. Ingbert. "We have the weekend before and after the test race with the northern grinding cars," Naundorf refers to the third NLS run, which takes place this weekend at the Nürburgring, during a week later already the quali-race for the 24-hour Classic rises.

and because one of the two northern grinding cars also serves as a van der Linde's DTM car, they would have to convert the bolides therebetween.

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Последние твиты от Kelvin van der Linde (@KelvinvdLinde). DTM Driver for @abtmotorsport | Formula E Test & Reserve Driver for @AudiSport . 2 x GT Masters Champion 24H Nürburgring Winner Suzuka 10H Winner. Kempten (Allgäu), Germany. DTM 2021! 15 years of Dreaming, Working & Praying for this day ! Theres been many near misses but all the hard work finally paid off and it just reconfirmed to me that the best things in life don’t come easy! A big thanks to Audi Sport and ABT Sportsline for the trust!pic.twitter.com/zo78n3SIwq.

Both of the championship's two main manufacturer entries, BMW and Audi, agreed with DTM promoter ITR last year to field a pair of customer cars each to keep grid sizes healthy following Mercedes' departure. While Audi announced late last year that it would be supplying sportscar squad WRT with "But we have everything in place, and we’re now pushing now to get it ready as early as possible in 2020." Marquardt also ruled out running the seventh and eighth BMW entries as factory cars. "It's not a case of just running two more cars as a factory, as that's diverting completely from the idea of having

"Alone the movement of the vehicle would take a long time, because you would have to repolate the whole door. That is, we would work on Sunday just to make only the folding so that we can drive to Lausitz on Monday. We would do the same on Thursday, because we have to be back on the Nürburgring on Friday in the morning, "explains Naundorf.

Rowe and Walkenhorst do not renounce Thursday

with it enough: "Much worse is that the vehicles on the Nordschleife drive in a different homologation specification," explains the team boss. "There are other subsoils, other bonnets, other engine mounting variants. You would need 25 to 30 man's hours to put the car into another state. There are still five people at a full day. That would be nonsense."

That's the reason why you only use the Schaeffler-Paravan car that is not used on the Nordschleife and this week has been a Shakedown, using the DTM test.

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After an unsuccessful Saturday race, BMW DTM teams returned to Spa-Francorchamps for the second race of the season. This time round, Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Shell BMW M4 DTM ) crossed the end line sixth, making him the day ’s best-placed BMW driver. Lucas Auer (AUT, BMW Bank M4 DTM ), Jonathan Aberdein (RSA, CATL BMW M4 DTM ) and Marco Wittmann (GER, Schaeffler Qualifying was a little better, and with Sheldon van der Linde we had a driver on one of the first two rows. The picture was a better one further down the grid too. In the race, we lost too much time in the first stint.

Philipp Eng set the pace for BMW as the DTM ’s long-delayed pre-season test got underway at the Nurburgring on Monday. Reigning champion Rene Rast made it four Audis in the top five, while Sheldon van der Linde was BMW ’s second quickest runner in sixth, 0.307s off the pace of stablemate Eng. Marco Wittmann was three tenths further back in seventh after spending several hours in the pits with an unknown issue, while Fabio Scherer was classified eighth in the second of the two WRT Audis.

Schaeffler-Paravan, Space Drive © Provil by Motorsport.com Schaeffler-Paravan, Space Drive

Glocks BMW was provided with the Space-Drive system of Schaeffler-Paravan


The appointment stress has more effects: the ROWE team is due to the Arrival at the Nürging over 600 kilometers away on the third test day, which takes place on Thursday, completely renounce. Incidentally, this also applies to the second BMW troop Walkenhorst, which also occurs in the NLS (formerly VLN) and at the 24-hour classic. As a result, Marco Wittmann has only two test days available.

Sheldon van der Linde: No test before the season opener?

for Sheldon van der Linde, who has shared the M6 ​​GT3 with Glock at the two Hockenheim test days, could mean the Lausitzring failure that before the season opener in Monza, he will no longer test the DTM in mid-June.

"We have a mad workpensum in front of us in the next few days as a team RoWe Racing," says Naundorf on the two northern grinding events and the DTM test.

"Thereafter, exactly three weeks are time to prepare the cars for the 24-hour race. This is a great number for us - and of the importance comparable to a whole DTM season." In addition, the fact that holidays will be present in the next few weeks and, due to the Coronavirus crisis and Brexit, delivery passports could be a topic.

"So you have to look at if you can try at the day X at the Nürburgring or on the Hockenheimring," says Naundorf, who is not unhappy on the 's second DTM weekend on the Norisring . "This now there is a hole. And we hope the hole remains because there would be opportunities to drive a test again."

with image material from DTM.

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