• South African athletes performed well on the international stage this past weekend.
• Brad Binder finished the MotoGP race in Germany in fourth place.
• Kelvin van der Linde won the DTM race in Italy.
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This past weekend, two sets of South African brothers starred on the international racing scene once again.
For birthday boy Kelvin van der Linde, it was a dream DTM debut after putting his Audi R8 on pole position before storming to a lights to flag victory and leave Monza in the championship lead on Sunday (20 June). He beat Nico Muller in another Audi, Mercedes AMG GTR man Lukas Auer and little brother Sheldon van der Linde's BMW M6. Kelvin ended sixth in Saturday's race with Sheldon 12th, as fellow rookie Kiwi Liam Lawson delivered Ferrari's maiden DTM win at home.
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Brad's impressive run
Moving on to two wheels, South African star Brad Binder recovered from a Friday and Saturday practice run to forget and 17th on the grid to power home a fine fourth in Sunday's German MotoGP at Sachsenring. He finished the race behind comeback kid Marc Marquez' Honda, KTM team mate Miguel Oliveira and championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
Brad's brother, Darryn, somehow scored points off an equally lowly grid position and a ride-through penalty to score a couple of Moto3 points as the KTM rookie took his fourth win of the season, as another KTM man Remy Gardner won Moto2.
Speaking on his impressive fourth-place finish, Brad Binder said: "I'm really happy with fourth in the end because we started the Grand Prix by being stone-last in FP1! I slowly worked my way forward through the weekend. It wasn't easy for me to adapt to this place on the bigger bike, but I gave it my absolute all. In general, I'm happy with the job we did, and the team worked fantastically because when I was struggling, they continued to make the bike better and better, which brought my level up. We made a big step."