VAN DER LINDE SECURES MSA’S NOMINATION
FOR THE FIA YOUNG DRIVER EXCELLENCE ACADEMY
12 August 2013 | Words: MSA| Images: kelvinvanderlinde.com
hot on the heels of the FIA Institute’s announcement of
the opening of nominations for the Africa regional training and
selection event of the Young Driver Excellence Academy, MSA is
proud to announce that Kelvin van der Linde has secured MSA’s
nomination to attend this event.
This followed a rigorous application process in which 25 applicants,
between the ages of 17 and 23, were whittled down to a shortlist
of five from which Kelvin was ultimately selected. The shortlisted
drivers were interviewed by a panel which included multiple
former South African motor racing champion, and ex-Formula One
driver, Ian Scheckter.
MSA CEO, Adrian Scholtz, who was a member of the selection panel
said, “The panel was unanimous in its decision that Kelvin
would be best placed to represent South Africa at the selection
event.” He added, “We are confident that the maturity,
confidence, professionalism and humility demonstrated by Kelvin
during his interview, in addition to his unquestionable racing
ability, will stand him in good stead in his bid to secure a
place in the elite Academy”.
Kelvin comes from a family steeped in South African motorsport,
with his grandfather, Hennie, father, Shaun, and uncle, Etienne
all being multiple South African champions. Kelvin, in his own
right, is the youngest ever South African car circuit racing
national champion, having succeeded his uncle Etienne to that
He is currently leading the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup German
championship, following three wins and a third place in the
four races held so far.
The training and selection event of the Young Driver Excellence
Academy for the Africa region will be hosted and organised on
behalf of the FIA Institute by Motorsport South Africa and is
to be held at the end of September.