van der Linde: Daytona ‘shows the car is reliable’ for DTM season

Sheldon van Der Linde has said the new BMW M4, which he will race with Schubert Motorsport in DTM, showed its reliability in the Daytona 24.

The South African raced in the BMW during the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, where he finished 41st overall.

This will be the first year the 22-year-old races in the M4 GT3 car, after competing with the BMW M6 in 2021 with ROWE racing.

Speaking during a DTM media talk ahead of the 2022 season, van der Linde said he has found the M4 easier to drive than its predecessor, but it’s still early to say how competitive it will be.

“I think time will tell what the car is capable of, but I can only say as a driver that the car is a lot easier to drive than the M6,” he said.

“It’s got a lot of cool systems on board that you can use to your advantage.

“Whether we’ll be there straight away is hard to say because we need to be realistic as it’s a brand-new car.”

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The Johannesburg-born racer also said the Daytona 24 proved the M4’s reliability and that the team will now begin ramping up its performance.

“We’ve only done Daytona with it so far which shows the car is reliable and that’s probably the first priority,” he said.

“Now we start working on performance slowly and trying to chip away at where the car is best.”

van der Linde has already tested the car at Portimao, but DTM’s first official test will be at the beginning of April at Hockenheim.