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Source: BMW Group Munich. Even after his works involvement in the DTM has ended, Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) will complete an extensive racing and test program as a BMW works driver in the 2021 season. The South African, who triumphed in his home game, the 9 Hours of Kyalami (RSA), in the BMW M6 GT3 last weekend, will continue to compete in the major GT races for BMW Motorsport in the coming season. At the same time, it will play an important role in the final phase of the development of the new BMW M4 GT3. Van der Linde faces a completely new challenge in his planned role as test and reserve driver for BMW i Andretti Motorsport in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Subject to confirmation by the FIA, the world’s automobile association, which is responsible for issuing the Formula E driver’s licenses, van der Linde will be present at the Formula E season opener on 16./17. January 2021 as part of the BMW i Andretti Motorsport Team in Santiago (CHI). There he is involved in all meetings and processes of the team and is available if one of the two regular drivers Maximilian Günther (GER) and Jake Dennis (GBR) should fail. He has already familiarized himself with the BMW iFE.21 during test drives and in the BMW Motorsport Simulator in Munich (GER).
In 2021, great attention will also be paid to the development of the BMW M4 GT3, which is to undergo initial test runs in order to be optimally prepared for the start in the hands of BMW customer teams worldwide in 2022. Van der Linde has already completed test drives with the new racing vehicle. He will continue this intensively in the coming year. He will also race in the BMW M6 GT3. Details on the racing program will be announced at a later date.
“Formula E will be a completely new challenge for me. I’ve never been involved in electric racing before and I’m excited about the task, ”says van der Linde. “The further development of the BMW M4 GT3 is at least as exciting. We have already invested a lot of work in the vehicle and will of course continue to do so in the coming year in order to hand over the most successful vehicle possible to customers in 2022. I am basically very happy to be able to continue to drive for BMW Motorsport in these challenging times. For me it feels like a second family. “
Van der Linde has been a BMW works driver since 2019. In the DTM, he achieved one victory, one pole position and two podium positions in two seasons. In 2020 he finished sixth in the drivers’ championship. In the BMW M6 GT3 he won the Kyalami 9 Hours last weekend and finished third on the podium in the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER).
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