2013 Season

The triumph of a teenager.

 

Just 17 years old when he eventually won the title, Kelvin van der Linde of South Africa was the dominant figure throughout the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup season. Van der Linde, who won five out of the season’s eight races, is therefore the successor to Ola Nilsson of Sweden.

The environmentally friendly one-make racing series nevertheless remained gripping right up to the final race of the season on the Hockenheimring, as there were still three candidates jostling to win the championship title: in addition to van der Linde, there were also the Dane Kasper H. Jensen and van der Linde’s fellow South African Jordan Lee Pepper who were still in the running for the prized trophy.

The spectators were also treated to some fantastic performances from some motorsport legends throughout the season, such as Manuel Reuter, Hans-Joachim Stuck and Juha Kankkunen, to name but a few. Nicola Larini of Italy – a familiar face from Formula 1 and the DTM – even managed to win the opening race in Hockenheim.

HOCKENHEIM season start (03/04 May)

Larini show in Hockenheim

Season start in Hockenheim:
triumph for legend Larini.

49-year-old Nicola Larini of Italy impressively demonstrated that there’s life in the old dog yet at the start of the Scirocco R-Cup season in Hockenheim, becoming only the second legend starter in the history of the environmentally friendly one-make racing series to win a race, thereby really putting his young competitors in their place.

 

Nicola Larini was delighted after his successful season opener: “A thrilling race for the spectators with a lot action on the track! To stand on the top step of the podium after two podium places in the Scirocco Cup is a great feeling. It is obvious that in the next race I need to defend my victory. However, my start was not good as I again forgot to press the push-to-pass button. Kelvin van der Linde managed to push his way past very well. After he outbraked himself I was fortunately able to regain the lead. Then, during the second half, I enjoyed a good duel with the young Dane Kasper Jensen; it was a lot of fun and I compliment him on his fair driving.

Kasper H. Jensen of Denmark crossed the finishing line 0.9 seconds later in second place, having engaged in a thrilling fight with Larini from start to finish. Michelle Gatting, who likewise hails from Denmark, put in a brilliant performance too, and clinched third place just 3.4 seconds later. The spectators were delighted too, as they were treated to plenty of exciting overtaking thanks to the push-to-pass system.


2013 Season opener:
Thrilling action at the Hockenheimring. The Video.


Race 1: Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Nicola Larini (ITA) Legend 22:02.189 11
2 Kasper H. Jensen (DEN) Pro 22:03.089 11
3 Michele Gatting (DEN) Pro 22:05.591 11
4 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 22:09.321 11
5 Lukas Schreier (GER) Junior 22:09.639 11
6 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DEN) Junior 22:10.000 11
7 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 22:11.202 11
8 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 22:12.590 11
9 Jan Lammers (NED) Legend 22:13.910 11
10 Ross Wylie (GBR) Junior 22:14.400 11
11 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) Junior 22:14.400 11
12 Matthias Bäurle (GER) Junior 22:17.100 11
13 Victor Bouveng (SWE) Junior 22:18.117 11
14 Luca Rettenbacher (GER) Junior 22:23.604 11
15 Michele Di Martino (GER) Junior 22:26.196 11
16 Kenneth Kröpfl (GER) Junior 22:27.798 11
17 Martin Donnelly (GBR) Legend 22:28.220 11
18 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Junior 22:28.808 11
19 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 22:31.572 11
20 Manuel Fahnauer (GER) Junior 22:38.484 11
21 Eric van de Poele (BEL) Legend 22:55.145 11
Not classified Patrick Eisemann (GER) Junior 4:15.015 2

Race result Junior Cup

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Lukas Schreier (D)   22:09.639 11
2 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   22:10.000 11
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   22:11.202 11
4 Ross Wylie (GB)   22:114.400 11
5 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   22:16.668 11
6 Matthias Bäurle (D)   22:17.100 11
7 Victor Bouveng (S)   22:18.110 11
8 Luca Rettenbacher (D)   22:23.604 11
9 Michele Di Martino (D)   22:26.196 11
10 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   22:27.798 11
11 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   22:28.808 11
12 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   22:31.572 11
13 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   22:38.572 11
Not classified Patrick Eisemann (D)   4:15.015 2

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 DTM 37    
2 Allstars 33    

Spielberg (31 MAY–02 JUNE)

SOUTH AFRICAN DOMINANCE

Second and third race in Spielberg:
triumphs for teenager van der Linde.

“It was a great weekend for me!” said 17-year-old Kelvin van der Linde, summarising the events on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. It certainly was, as the young South African comfortably kept his competitors at bay and dominated not only the first, but also the second race of the weekend. In the second race in particular, he made very clever use of the push-to-pass system and took the lead soon after the start, before steadily pulling further and further away from the field. Van der Linde ultimately won the race, ahead of another fast driver, Michelle Gatting of Denmark. Her fellow countryman Kasper H. Jensen then finished in third place.

The first race in Spielberg had to be aborted after an accident involving Ross Wylie (UK) and Marcel Müller (Austria). Van der Linde pipped Michelle Gatting to the post, in spite of another impressive performance from the Dane, and therefore moved to the top of the leader board in the one-make racing series. Jordan Lee Pepper of South Africa came third.

The best-placed Legends driver was 62-year-old Hans-Joachim ‘Strietzel’ Stuck in an impressive twelfth place. After a two-year break from racing, Stuck enjoyed a comeback on the Red Bull Ring and finished three places ahead of his son Johannes (26). Together, they helped the Motorsport Allstars beat the DTM Legends in the team duel. Christian Danner (55) finished in 19th place, while Klaus Niedzwiedz (62) was forced to retire from the race.


The first race in Spielberg.

Motor sport in an Alpine setting. The Video.


Race 1: Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 18:31.980 10
2 Michele Gatting (DEN) Pro 18:36.593 10
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 18:36.932 10
4 Kasper H. Jensen (DEN) Pro 18:37.478 10
5 Ross Wylie (GB) Junior 18:38.079 10
6 Manuel Fahnauer (GER) Junior 18:38.441 10
7 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DEN) Junior 18:39.096 10
8 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) Junior 18:41.391 10
9 Lukas Schreier (GER) Junior 18:41.884 10
10 Matthias Bäurle (GER) Junior 18:43.140 10
11 Victor Bouveng (SWE) Junior 18:43.498 10
12 Strietzel Stuck (GER) Legend 18:44.467 10
13 Patrick Eisemann (GER) Junior 18:44.810 10
14 Kenneth Kröpfl (GER) Junior 18:45.291 10
15 Johannes Stuck (AUT) Legend 18:46.080 10
16 Michele Di Martino (GER) Junior 18:46.646 10
17 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 18:49.580 10
18 Marcel Müller (AUT)   18:49.969 10
19 Christian Danner (GER) Legend 18:51.080 10
20 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 19:08.864 10
21 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Junior 19:20.124 10
Not classified Luca Rettenbacher (AUT) Junior 9:07.127 5
Not classified Klaus Niedzwiedz (GER) Legend 20:29.831 10

Race 1: Junior Cup Classification

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   18:36.932 10
2 Ross Wylie (GB)   18:38.079 10
3 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   18:38.441 10
4 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   18:39.096 10
5 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   18:41.391 10
6 Lukas Schreier (D)   18:41.884 10
7 Matthias Bäurle (D)   18:43.140 10
8 Victor Bouveng (S)   18:43.498 10
9 Patrick Eisemann (D)   18:44.810 10
10 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   18:45.291 10
11 Michele Di Martino (D)   18:46.646 10
12 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   18:49.580 10
13 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   19:20.124 10
Not classifed Luca Rettenbacher (A)   9:07.127 5

Race 2: Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 21:25.200 12
2 Michele Gatting (DEN) Pro 21:35.445 12
3 Kasper H. Jensen (DEN) Pro 21:35.704 12
4 Manuel Fahnauer (GER) Junior 21:35.885 12
5 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK) Junior 21:38.222 12
6 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 21:38.716 12
7 Matthias Bäurle (GER) Junior 21:40.097 12
8 Lukas Schreier (GER) Junior 21:41.997 12
9 Victor Bouveng (SWE) Junior 21:45.553 12
10 Luca Rettenbacher (AUT) Junior 21:46.149 12
11 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 21:47.761 12
12 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Junior 21:49.888 12
13 Ross Wylie (GB) Junior 21:51.651 12
14 Kenneth Kröpfl (GER) Junior 21:53.165 12
15 Michele Di Martino (GER) Junior 21:54.745 12
16 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 22:07.643 12
17 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) Junior 22:01.182 10
18 Patrick Eisemann (GER) Junior 21:59.062 9

Race 2: Junior Cup Classification

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   145.412 12
2 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   21:38.222 12
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   21:38.716 12
4 Matthias Bäurle (D)   21:40.097 12
5 Lukas Schreier (D)   21:41.997 12
6 Victor Bouveng (S)   21:45.553 12
7 Luca Rettenbacher (A)   21:46.149 12
8 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   21:49.888 12
9 Ross Wylie (GB)   21:51.651 12
10 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   21:53.165 12
11 Michele Di Martino (D)   21:54.745 12
12 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   22:07.643 12
13 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   22:01.182 10
14 Patrick Eisemann (D)   21:59.062 9

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 76    
2 DTM 52    

Norisring (12-13 July)

Action in the “Franconian Monaco”

Van der Linde wins again and extends his lead.

17-year-old Kelvin van der Linde came out on top in the ‘Franconian Monaco’ too, with the South African celebrating his third consecutive win and pipping the Dane Michelle Gatting to the post by just 2.5 seconds. Manuel Fahnauer of Germany came third, with Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky of Sweden following in fourth place.

 

Motorsport legend Nicola Larini, who won the opening race on the Hockenheimring, had a bad day and was shown the black flag because the race organisers felt he was one lap too late in taking a drive-through penalty that had been awarded to him. The top performance from a legend came from the three-time Le Mans winner Marco Werner (47), who finished in an impressive fifth place.

 

Kelvin van der Linde showed himself surprised by the success: “Going into the weekend, I never expected to win at the Norisring. The race is the toughest of the season, as the gaps between each car are so small that anyone can come out on top. I made a good start, which allowed me to overtake Michelle on the first lap. When I then passed Nicolai Moller Madsen shortly after that, I used the Push-to-pass system to open up a gap. I also timed the re-start after the safety car phase perfectly. The overall standings obviously look very good now, but there are still five races to go.”


Van der Linde dedicated his win to the Danish driver Allan Simonsen, who had died in a car crash in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a week before.


The race at the Norisring.

The magic of the German Monaco. The Video.


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 22:38.343 21
2 Michele Gatting (DK) Pro 22:40.873 21
3 Manuel Fahnauer (GER) Junior 22:41.526 21
4 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) Junior 22:42.332 21
5 Marco Werner (GER) Legend 22:43.230 21
6 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 22:47.688 21
7 Luca Rettenbacher (AUT) Junior 22:48.373 21
8 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 22:48.839 21
9 Matthias Bäurle (GER) Junior 22:53.004 21
10 Victor Bouveng (SWE) Junior 22:53.214 21
11 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Junior 22:57.651 21
12 Patrick Eisemann (GER) Junior 22:59.505 21
13 Harald Grohs (GER) Legend 23:00.451 21
14 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 23:01.170 21
15 Michele Di Martino (GER) Junior 23:01.324 21
16 Marco Duez (BEL) Legend 23:01.595 21
17 Lukas Schreier (GER) Junior 21:50.565 20
18 Kenneth Kröpfl (GER) Junior 19:19.314 17
Not classified Nicola Larini (ITA) Legend 16:09.717 14
Not classified Kasper H. Jensen (DEN) Pro 5:07.429 5
Not classified Nicolai Moller Madsen (DEN) Junior 5:07.570 5
Not classified Ross Wylie (GBR) Junior 00.000 0

Race result Junior Cup

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   22:41.526 21
2 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   22:42.332 21
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   22:47.688 21
4 Luca Rettenbacher (A)   22:48.373 21
5 Matthias Bäurle (D)   22:53.004 21
6 Victor Bouveng (S)   22:53.214 21
7 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   22:57.651 21
8 Patrick Eisemann (D)   22:59.505 21
9 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   23:01.170 21
10 Michele Di Martino (D)   23:01.324 21
11 Lukas Schreier (D)   21:50.565 20
12 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   19:19.314 17
Not classified Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   5:07.570 5
Not classified Ross Wylie (GB)   00.000 0

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 116    
2 DTM 70    

Nürburgring (16–18 August)

ROCK THE RING

Jordan Lee Pepper cuts van der Linde’s winning streak short.

Two South Africans locking horns for the championship title: the championship hopeful Kelvin van der Linde was victorious once again in the first race of the Nürburgring weekend. But his fellow countryman Jordan Lee Pepper threw a spanner in the works in the second race by scoring his first win of the season, while van der Linde limped across the line back in seventh place. Pepper celebrated a start-to-finish victory at the end of the 14 laps, crossing the line 1.3 seconds in front of the German Manuel Fahnauer. Third place on both days of racing went to Kasper H. Jensen of Denmark. Kelvin van der Linde finished just ahead of two fast females, Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (Sweden) in eighth place and Michelle Gatting (Denmark) in ninth place.

 

Jordan Lee Pepper: “I am just really pleased with my win. I got off to a very start, which allowed me to come through the first corner safely, and was fortunately able to open up a small gap at the front. However, I could see that there were a lot of duels and changes in position behind me. I was able to hold Manuel at bay because my father kept showing the number of times he had used Push-to-Pass on the board. That allowed me to adapt my tactics accordingly.”

For the fourth time this season, van der Linde outshone his competitors in the first race of the weekend. Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky of Sweden achieved her best position of the season in the world’s only natural gas one-make racing series, finishing just behind van der Linde in second place. Third place went to Kasper H. Jensen of Denmark. In the Legend Cup, TV expert Christian Danner triumphed for the DTM Legends by finishing in a respectable eleventh place. The former DTM and Formula 1 driver Emanuele Pirro came 15th, and the Finnish rally champions Markku Alén and Juha Kankkunen really showed what they are made of too.


The race at the Nürburgring.

Motorsport Legends in the Eifel. The video.


Race 1: Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 20:36.913 11
2 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S) Junior 20:37.345 11
3 Kasper H. Jensen (DK) Pro 20:38.043 11
4 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 20:38.958 11
5 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK) Junior 20:39.466 11
6 Ross Wylie (GBR) Junior 20:40.316 11
7 Manuel Fahnauer (D) Junior 20:40.841 11
8 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 20:41.422 11
9 Patrick Eisemann (D) Junior 20:41.976 11
10 Yann Ehrlacher (F) Junior 20:43.175 11
11 Christian Danner (D) Legend 20:44.345 11
12 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 20:44.666 11
13 Matthias Bäurle (D) Junior 20:45.248 11
14 Kenneth Kröpfl (D) Junior 20:45.879 11
15 Emanuele Pirro (I) Legend 20:46.902 11
16 Victor Bouveng (S) Junior 20:47.490 11
17 Michele Di Martino (D) Junior 20:48.234 11
18 Luca Rettenbacher (A) Junior 20:48.954 11
19 Markku Alén (FIN) Legend 20:49.799 11
20 Juha Kankkunen (FIN) Legend 20:50.701 11
21 Marcel Müller (A) Pro 20:51.402 11
Not classified Lukas Schreier (D) Junior 10:31.114 6
Not classified Michele Gatting (DK) Pro 2:47.541 1

Race 1: Junior Cup Classification

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   20:37.345 11
2 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   20:39.466 11
3 Ross Wylie (GBR)   20:40.316 11
4 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   20:40.841 11
5 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   20:41.422 11
6 Patrick Eisemann (D)   20:41.976 11
7 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   20:43.175 11
8 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   20:44.666 11
9 Matthias Bäurle (D)   20:45.248 11
10 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   20:45.879 11
11 Victor Bouveng (S)   20:47.490 11
12 Michele Di Martino (D)   20:48.234 11
13 Luca Rettenbacher (A)   20:48.954 11
Not classified Lukas Schreier (D)   10:31.114 6

Race 2: Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 24:07.957 14
2 Manuel Fahnauer (D) Junior 24:09.284 14
3 Kasper H. Jensen (DK) Pro 24:09.5984 14
4 Ross Wylie (GB) Junior 24:10.102 14
5 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK) Junior 24:10.736 14
6 Yann Ehrlacher (F) Junior 24:13.884 14
7 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 24:14.697 14
8 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S) Junior 24:15.068 14
9 Michele Gatting (DK) Pro 24:15.599 14
10 Victor Bouveng (S) Junior 24:16.600 14
11 Luca Rettenbacher (A) Junior 24:19.800 14
12 Patrick Eisemann (D) Junior 24:21.190 14
13 Michele Di Martino (D) Junior 24:30.613 14
14 Kenneth Kröpfl (D) Junior 24:30.835 14
15 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 24:32.408 14
16 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 24:32.727 14
Not classified Matthias Bäurle (D) Junior 00:00.000 0

Race 2: Junior Cup Classification

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   24:07.957 14
2 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   24:09.284 14
3 Ross Wylie (GB)   24:10.102 14
4 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   24:10.736 14
5 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   24:13.884 14
6 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   24:15.068 14
7 Victor Bouveng (S)   24:16.600 14
8 Luca Rettenbacher (A)   24:19.800 14
9 Patrick Eisemann (D)   24:21.190 14
10 Michele Di Martino (D)   24:30.613 14
11 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   24:30.835 14
12 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   24:32.727 14
Not classified Matthias Bäurle (D)   00:00.000 0

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 143    
2 DTM 113    

Oschersleben (13–15 September)

Trebing butts in

Battle for the championship is as exciting as ever.

“A breakthrough at last,” said a delighted Dennis Trebing of the USA, after scoring his first victory of the season by winning the second race of the Oschersleben weekend. Second place went to Ross Wylie, who was 2.2 seconds behind Trebing, giving the Brit a second reason to celebrate on his 22nd birthday. Kasper H. Jensen took third place, while Jordan Lee Pepper was the fifth-placed finisher. The overall leader Kelvin van der Linde wasn’t so fortunate this time around and had to make do with 15th place after picking up a drive-through penalty.

 

Despite his unlucky second race, van der Linde stayed cool: “Absolutely everything went wrong in this race. I wanted to play it safe because of the Cup title. Then I came into contact with Mikaela and got the drive-through penalty. All in all, I was too cautious and didn’t take enough risks. I’ll come back stronger in Hockenheim – I want to claim this title.”

The Dane Kasper H. Jensen dominated the first race in Oschersleben, achieving an outstanding start-to-finish victory, to add to his win in the season’s opening race in Hockenheim. Kelvin van der Linde finished 1.8 seconds behind him in second place, just ahead of Dennis Trebing. The top-performing motorsport legend was the former Formula 1 driver Jan Lammers, who finished in 15th place overall. There were other veterans who gave the talented drivers a run for their money too, such as Kurt Thiim who finished 16th, Klaus Niedzwiedz in 20th place and the two-time Indy 500 champion Arie Luyendyk, who finished in 22nd place.

 


The race in Oschersleben.

Championship not decided yet. The video.


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 22:38.343 21
2 Michele Gatting (DK) Pro 22:40.873 21
3 Manuel Fahnauer (GER) Junior 22:41.526 21
4 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (SWE) Junior 22:42.332 21
5 Marco Werner (GER) Legend 22:43.230 21
6 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 22:47.688 21
7 Luca Rettenbacher (AUT) Junior 22:48.373 21
8 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 22:48.839 21
9 Matthias Bäurle (GER) Junior 22:53.004 21
10 Victor Bouveng (SWE) Junior 22:53.214 21
11 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Junior 22:57.651 21
12 Patrick Eisemann (GER) Junior 22:59.505 21
13 Harald Grohs (GER) Legend 23:00.451 21
14 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 23:01.170 21
15 Michele Di Martino (GER) Junior 23:01.324 21
16 Marco Duez (BEL) Legend 23:01.595 21
17 Lukas Schreier (GER) Junior 21:50.565 20
18 Kenneth Kröpfl (GER) Junior 19:19.314 17
Not classified Nicola Larini (ITA) Legend 16:09.717 14
Not classified Kasper H. Jensen (DEN) Pro 5:07.429 5
Not classified Nicolai Moller Madsen (DEN) Junior 5:07.570 5
Not classified Ross Wylie (GBR) Junior 00.000 0

Race result Junior Cup

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   22:41.526 21
2 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   22:42.332 21
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   22:47.688 21
4 Luca Rettenbacher (A)   22:48.373 21
5 Matthias Bäurle (D)   22:53.004 21
6 Victor Bouveng (S)   22:53.214 21
7 Yann Ehrlacher (F)   22:57.651 21
8 Patrick Eisemann (D)   22:59.505 21
9 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   23:01.170 21
10 Michele Di Martino (D)   23:01.324 21
11 Lukas Schreier (D)   21:50.565 20
12 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   19:19.314 17
Not classified Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   5:07.570 5
Not classified Ross Wylie (GB)   00.000 0

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 180    
2 DTM 146    

HOCKENHEIM SEASON FINALE (19 October)

Van der Linde is crowned the champion.

The Scirocco R-Cup has found its new champion: 17-year-old Kelvin van der Linde of South Africa, who deservedly clinched the title at the season final on the Hockenheimring. The championship proved to be a nail-biter right until the end, with no less than three entrants – van der Linde, Kasper H. Jensen and Jordan Lee Pepper – all still in with a chance of taking the crown before the deciding race.

When it came to the final race, however, the overall leader van der Linde, who started from position five, didn’t give the other entrants a look-in and secured a comfortably victory. Van der Linde’s toughest pursuer, Kasper H. Jensen, finished in second place, while Matthias Bäurle, who surprised everyone by securing pole position with his performance in the qualifying session, finished in a very strong third place. Van der Linde is now comfortably at the top of the leader board on 348 points, followed by Jensen on 295 and Pepper on 256.

 

And how does the newly cowned champion feel? “I did not want to get off to a jump start, so made a very cautious start to the race. I was actually happy with third place then, as I knew that would be enough to win the title. But then Dennis Trebing was given a drive-through penalty and I thought to myself: why not go for the win? I had a nice battle with Matthias Bäurle. He was very fair and did not get involved in the battle for the championship between Kasper and me. It has been a fantastic year for me. I am incredibly proud to be the champion of the Scirocco R-Cup”, van der Linde said.

Four racing legends did their best to keep pace with the field of young starters and delighted the fans with some fantastic duels. The best of the four was DTM legend Manuel Reuter, who finished in tenth place, just ahead of the one-time Le Mans winner Éric Hélary. The Le Mans and DTM champions Frank Biela and Laurent Aïello finished in 13th and 15th place respectively. The stratospheric skydiver Felix Baumgartner put in an impressive performance in his racing debut, starting in position 24 but managing to work his way up to 19th place.


The decider at the Hockenheimring.

The final of the 2013 Scirocco R-Cup. The video.


Overall result

Position Driver (Nation) Category Time Laps
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) Pro 23:53.298 11
2 Kasper H. Jensen (DK) Pro 21:51.643 11
3 Matthias Bäurle (D) Junior 21:52.549 11
4 Michele Gatting (DK) Pro 21:54.775 11
5 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK) Junior 21:58.263 11
6 Victor Bouveng (S) Junior 22:03.379 11
7 Lukas Schreier (D) Junior 22:03.662 11
8 Manuel Fahnauer (D) Junior 22:04.963 11
9 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) Junior 22:05.443 11
10 Manuel Reuter (D) Legend 22:05.981 11
11 Eric Hélary (F) Legend 22:06.915 11
12 Dennis Trebing (USA) Pro 22:07.140 11
13 Frank Biela (D) Legend 22:11.561 11
14 Aaron Mason (GB) 22:12.246 11
15 Laurent Aiello (F) Legend 22:13.262 11
16 Marcel Müller (D) 22:15.226 11
17 Kenneth Kröpfl (D) Junior 22:23.620 11
18 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) Junior 22:28.351 11
19 Felix Baumgartner (A) 22:32.297 11
20 Roger Frauenrath (D) 22:46.419 11
21 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S) Junior 16:03.903 8
NOT CLASSIFIED        
Luca Rettenbacher (A) Junior 6:05.832 3
Yann Ehrlacher (F) Junior 6:06.049 3
Ross Wylie (GB) Junior 2:25.406 1
Patrick Eisemann (D) Junior 0:00.000 0

Race result Junior Cup

Position Driver (Nation)   Time Laps
1 Matthias Bäurle (D)   21:52.549 11
2 Nicolai Moller Madsen (DK)   21:58.263 11
3 Victor Bouveng (S)   22:03.379 11
4 Lukas Schreier (D)   22:03.662 11
5 Manuel Fahnauer (D)   22:04.963 11
6 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA)   22:05.443 11
7 Kenneth Kröpfl (D)   22:23.620 11
8 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND)   22:28.351 11
9 Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (S)   16:03.903 8
NOT CLASSIFIED        
Luca Rettenbacher (A)   6:05.832 3
Yann Ehrlacher (F)   6:06.049 3
Ross Wylie (GB)   2:25.406 1
Patrick Eisemann (D)   0:00:000 0

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 213    
2 DTM 183    

Final standings

Overall classification

Position Name (Nation) Points
1 Kelvin van der Linde (ZA) 348
2 Kasper H. Jensen (DK) 295
3 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) 256
4 Dennis Trebing (USA) 225
5 Michele Gatting (DK) 214
6 Nicolai Møller Madsen (DK) 210
7 Manuel Fahnauer (D) 198
8 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (S) 195
9 Ross Wylie (GB) 175
10 Victor Bouveng (S) 160
11 Matthias Bäurle (D) 150
12 Lukas Schreier (D) 128
13 Luca Rettenbacher (A) 128
14 Yann Ehrlacher (F) 123
15 Kenneth Kröpfl (D) 120
16 Patrick Eisemann (D) 110
17 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) 106
18 Michele Di Martino (D) 65
19 Marcel Müller (A) 54

Junior cup classification

Position Name (Nation) Points    
1 Jordan Lee Pepper (ZA) 320    
2 Nicolai Møller Madsen (DK) 303    
3 Manuel Fahnauer (D) 260    
4 Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (S) 258    
5 Ross Wylie (GB) 225    
6 Victor Bouveng (S) 210    
7 Matthias Bäurle (D) 206    
8 Kenneth Kröpfl (D) 175    
9 Lukas Schreier (D) 169    
10 Luca Rettenbacher (A) 163    
11 Sandeep Kumar Ambalavanan (IND) 161    
12 Yann Ehrlacher (F) 159    
13 Patrick Eisemann (D) 147    
15 Michele Di Martino (D) 94    

Legend cup classification

Position Category Points    
1 Allstars 213    
2 DTM 183