South African teenage race sensation, Sheldon van der Linde will race in the 2016 Audi Sport TT Cup.

Sheldon is one of 20 successful drivers to emerge from a selection process fought out between 125 young racers from 36 countries through two driver scouting events during October and December 2015

The 16-year old South African however went straight into the second session in Vallelunga Italy following his stellar results at home after van der Linde won back-to-back Polo Cup championships in 2014 and 2015, becoming the youngest ever main circuit racing champion with his first title.

“I’m delighted to start my European motorsport career with Audi Sport in the TT Cup next season,” Sheldon admitted on learning he’d earned the seat. “This new challenge is the perfect opportunity for me to showcase my ability against the best young drivers in Europe and is one step closer to one day fulfilling my dreams of becoming an Audi Sport factory driver in DTM or the WEC.”

The Audi Sport TT Cup features 14 races in Germany, Holland and Hungary with six rounds supporting DTM rounds. All weekends include two half-hour heats to ensure the racers plenty of seat time – a precious commodity in a young driver’s career.

The Audi TT Coupe race cars are all identically prepared by quattro in Germany, ensuring complete fairness in the series, which enters its second season in 2016. The Audi TT Cup cars weigh 1125kg and produce 228kW from a two-litre TSFI engine with an extra 22kW ‘push-to-pass’.