Coley: We have a good thing going

first_imgJamaica’s assistant coach, Miguel Coley, said the Reggae Boyz fell just short of their main objectives in a two-year plan when they were beaten by Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Sunday. Coley revealed that when the German coach took over in 2013, the aim was to build a core of players, win the Caribbean Cup and then the Gold Cup, and so far, the team has accomplished two of the three objectives, just falling short of the other. The assistant coach, however, insisted that they must continue to build on what they have accomplished at the Gold Cup tournament. “We had our objectives and we have achieved at least two. The first was to develop a core (of players), win the Caribbean Cup and then the Gold Cup this year,” he said. “The main objective now is the World Cup qualifiers, so each time we are just building, building, building and developing the team,” he told The Gleaner yesterday hours after the team’s return to the island.. Coley said the team cannot get complacent over their historic achievement, and though he was disappointed with the defeat to Mexico in the decider, he believes in the long term this loss will make them crave for the success they were denied. work harder, smarter “It’s a great performance, and it’s something that we cannot get complacent about; it is something we have to build on. We can’t even think about the word ‘complacent’, we can only think about working hard, and this means you have to work harder and work smarter. “Making this Gold Cup final and losing shows it is a learning process. We haven’t reached as yet, so we need to work. Losing the final and getting a taste of it means we want to be back, so we will be putting the necessary things in place,” he argued. The young tactician thought there were countless other positives at the tournament and that they should focus on developing those characteristics. “The comradrie, the unity and love was a joy to see. We also created an identity of how we wanted to play – keeping quality possession, creating goalscoring opportunities and defending very compact. “The energy level was great and so was each player trusting each other. Those are important ingredients when building a team. We will be looking at the tape from the game to see what we could have done better, what we could have done in terms of positives and encourage that some more. “We want to keep the ball some more in the middle third and occupy some more of the defensive third of our opponents,” he said. However, to continue the impressive strides the team has made under Sch‰fer going into the World Cup qualifiers, which start in August, Coley called for more support and sponsorship to assist the team. “We would love more sponsors to come on board because in football, success is money and management; how you manage the players and how you take care of them is crucial. We have a good thing going, and once we can get the necessary assistance, we will do very well,” he inlast_img read more

Michael Jordan donates $2M for hurricane relief in North Carolina

first_imgThe goal is to deliver 5,000 food boxes.The Hornets Foundation also will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. Food Lion, the team’s Official Hunger Relief Partner, will be donating the food packed for the boxes.Additionally, Hornets and NBA merchandising partner Fanatics has designed a special T-shirt featuring the Hornets logo in the middle of the states of North and South Carolina surrounded by the words “Carolina Strong.” The NBA, the Hornets and Fanatics will donate 100 percent of the net proceeds to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund. The T-shirts are now available online at NBAstore.com, Fanatics.com and HornetsFanShop.com for $24.99.“We reached out to try to find as many partners who are willing to sacrifice and give to this cause,” Jordan said. “The Red Cross will deal with the immediate food and shelter and the Foundation For The Carolinas will deal more with the long-term assistance. This is not a short-term thing. This is going to be a process, but it is going to take time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It just hits home,” Jordan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home.”The 55-year-old Jordan said he still has an aunt, cousins and several buddies who live in coastal North Carolina. He also has a nephew who attends UNC Wilmington, which has remains closed while recovering from the damage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe watched television with extra concern last week when the hurricane pounded the area, causing 34 known deaths — including 26 in North Carolina — and leaving behind damaged homes, power outages and extensive flooding.Jordan spent the days after trying to get in touch with family and friends to make sure they were safe. He was relieved upon learning they were uninjured. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you,” Jordan said. “And I just feel like, well, maybe if I can help in some sort of way all of the people, and all of the places, that have helped me along the road.”Jordan said it’s fulfilling to have the resources to help.“I have been one of the lucky ones to move on and build an unbelievable career,” said Jordan, who played college basketball at North Carolina. “It just makes it a little more special when you can actually help out an area you know very, very well.”Jordan plans to visit the area at some point when the roads are safe to travel and check up on family and friends.In addition to the donation, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes Friday at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. The disaster food boxes, which provide individual meals, will be shipped to Wilmington, Fayetteville and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and distributed to those directly impacted by the hurricane.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this March 4, 2017, file photo, former North Carolina basketball player Michael Jordan applauds during a half-time presentation at an NCAA college basketball game between North Carolina and Duke in Chapel Hill, N.C. Jordan, who played high school basketball in Wilmington, N.C., one of the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Florence, has donated $2 million to assist residents affected by the hurricane. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Michael Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina. So when the former NBA star watched the destruction caused by Hurricane Florence to his hometown and surrounding area, he acted quickly to help.The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 76ers name Elton Brand general manager Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

UPP Supports US$73m Direct District Development Fund

first_imgLiberia’s second oldest political party, the United People’s Party (UPP) has pledged its support to the House of Representatives proposal for appropriation of US$1m per district beginning 2014/2015 fiscal year for direct support to development initiative in each of the 73 electoral districts of Liberia.The Party says it fully welcomed the initiative because it is a progressive move, which concedes some power to the rural people; and it has the potential to induce reverse-migration of the population-from urban to rural.The UPP, in its letter to the Speaker and members of the Plenary of the Honorable House of Representatives, dated January 30, 2014, but read yesterday in House’s Plenary, said the desire to increase the County Development Funds (CDF) and make the appropriations electoral district-sensitive is a strong indication that members of the House of the 53rd Legislature are prepared to accelerate the process of decentralizing the Government of Liberia.“The United People’s Party believes that just as the post civil-war electoral process has compelled Liberians who are interested in politics to connect with their constituencies and has provided an opportunity for Liberians, especially the indigenous rural people to vote in their respective localities for Representatives, Senators and the President so, too, the allocation of funds directly to the electoral districts will persuade the people to become serious. Meet and make decisions on how their wealth should be applied, the letter, under the signature of Chairman Marcus S.G.Dahn, stated.It added: “Mr. Speaker and members of the Plenary, we do not share the suspicion that you, the Lawmakers, are merely seeking to enrich yourselves. To the contrary, we would rather strongly emphasize that you are well-intent, and that we have no doubt the appropriations will be used correctly.”However, UPP had urged the House of Representatives to pass a ‘Strong Legislation’ to protect the fund.“The Party is prepared to work along with the House of Representatives in the regard,” the letter said.The Party believed that the legislation would reduce the suspicion and misinterpretation of their intentions by some, and will also clarify the mechanism in the current budget law relating to decision-making on the county development funds – – county, district, and social – (CDF,DDF and SDF).The Party also suggests that in order to further improve public understanding and perception of the initiative, the House of Representative quickly commissions a desk-review of the existing mechanism for the CDF and SDF.“The findings of the desk-review will inform the debate (hopefully through evidential and factual data) in preparation for the next budget cycle,” the letter stated.It added: “The budget law must clarify ho0w residents of the various electoral districts will meet; decide on; and ensure that funds appropriated for district development is expeditiously used and not abused, with full accountability and transparency at all levels.”The House Speaker, J. Alex Tyler has mandated Chief Clerk Mildred  Sayon to thanked the UPP for their appreciation and they have take notes the suggestions.Meanwhile, according to the Press and Public Affairs Bureau of the House of Representatives, members of the House of Representatives will not issue vouchers or receive a penny to implement projects to be identified for direct district development across the 73 electoral districts of the country, if House Speaker’s proposed US$73m is approved in the 2014/2015 national budget.The clarity is stemmed from assertions in some quarters that the proposal is meant to put a million dollars in each lawmaker pocket, the Bureau maintained that the intent of the proposal is to see rapid growth in the living standards of the rural dwellers, many of whom have been deprived for decades of good homes, bad roads, unsafe drinking water, health and educational facilities.The House Speaker’s proposal comes amid appeals for attention from the rural dwellers during the recent nationwide tour by Members of the Legislature late last year, says the Press Bureau.Under the Financial Management Laws of Liberia, the Executive Branch expends collected revenue and reports to the Legislature. The Legislature has at no time or will never indulge in usurping the function of the other branch to administrator Public funds.The Plenary of the House at its 3rd Day Sitting endorsed the proposal after members overwhelmingly voted to in favor of Lofa 4 (UP) Hon. Mariamu Fofana ‘s request for that body to give a ‘thump up’ to the Speaker ‘s 73 M per District Proposal. The House, in supporting the idea, also called on the Liberian Senate to give its support to the suggestion to infuse the money for direct district development projects. “It will be a well deserved legacy,” the letter said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Man bit ears of friend after he suspected him of sexual act with sister

first_imgA man bit the ears of another man after catching him trying to perform a sexual act with his sister.Anthony Dempsey, aged 24, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal where he pleaded guilty to a savage assault on John Kelly. The court was told that Gardai were first alerted to the brutal attack when a woman noticed a man on the upstairs window ledge of a house at St Eunan’s Terrace in Letterkenny on November 5th last year.The man had a bloodied face and was in a distressed state as another man tried to pull him back into the house.The man managed to run away and was taken into another house by two women.The women contacted Gardai and they found John Kelly in a distressed and emotional state.He was rocking back and forth and was bleeding heavily, was in a lot of pain and the tops of his two ears were missing.Gardai called to the house where Mr Kelly has first been seen and Dempsey answered the door.Garda Gerry Fee said it was obvious that Dempsey has washed his face and that there had been blood splattered on the walls but they had been wiped in an attempt to hide it.He said everyone in the house was under the influence of an intoxicant and that Dempsey had become agitated and had punched the wall and the worktop.He was arrested but was initially unfit to be interviewed.He later admitted punching Kelly in the face and in the body but denied biting off his ears.He said the reason for the attack was because he caught Kelly masturbating over his sister when she was asleep in a room.Garda Fee said he did not believe this saying he did not believe Dempsey’s sister was in the room or that Kelly had masturbated over her.Dempsey and Kelly had first met a year earlier when both were undergoing a drug rehabilitation programme in Tullamore.Dempsey suggested that when they completed the course, they should travel to Donegal and stay with his sister.Garda Fee said the victim was due to give evidence of his injuries in court and that he had emailed him and sent him a message on Whatsapp but he received no reply.A medical report showed Kelly suffered numerous injuries including swelling, a laceration to his nasal bridge, swelling to his upper lip and extensive tissue loss to both ears.He had been referred to a plastic surgeon in Northern Ireland but no report was available despite efforts of Gardai to get one.Judge John Aylmer was told that Dempsey had 46 previous convictions for a range of offences including dangerous driving, not having insurance, criminal damage, public order, misuse of drugs, possession of a knife and possession of an explosive substance.Barrister for Dempsey, Mr Shane Costelloe, SC, said his client has a very strong bond with his sister and was convinced that something of a sexual nature was going on.He said that both Dempsey’s parents had been drug-addicts and that he had spent three-quarters of his life in either care or in incarceration.Judge John Aylmer said he needed some time to think about the sentence and adjourned the case until next Wednesday.Man bit ears of friend after he suspected him of sexual act with sister was last modified: December 7th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Anthony DempseyattackbitcourtearsJohn Kellyletterkennylast_img read more


first_imgMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Sep-2011 Robert Emmets 0 1 – 5 Carndonagh Pairc Eimead Kelly Furniture Minor Championship Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Sep-2011 Chloich Cheann Fhaola 1 – 5 2 – 5 St Eunans A Falcarragh-Pairc Naomh Fionnan minor div 1 semi final extra time if neededKelly Furniture Minor Championship Div 2 Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Sep-2011 Termon 1 – 10 3 – 13 Letterkenny Gaels The Burn Road minor div 2 quarter final extra time if needed09-Sep-2011 Naomh Colmcille Newtown 2 – 7 1 – 10 Red Hughs Pairc Colmcille Newton minor div 2 quarter final extra time if neededMarley Travel U-13 League Div 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 07-Sep-2011 Milford 5 – 9 7 – 13 St Eunans B Moyle Park MilfordKelly Furniture Minor Championship Div 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment05-Sep-2011 Sean MacCumhaills 6 – 12 0 – 6 Gaoth Dobhair Glenswilly-Pairc Naomh Columba minor div 1 play off extra time if needed GAA RESULTS – DONEGAL NORTH was last modified: September 11th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal NorthGAA RESULTSlast_img read more


first_imgALCORNThe death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Tommy Alcorn, Florist, Loughnagin, Letterkenny. Removal from the hospice today, Wednesday, at 3PM to be received at St Paul’s Church, Ramelton Funeral there tomorrow (Thurs) afternoon at 2PM, with burial afterwards in the church grounds. Donations in lieu of flowers please to the Donegal Hospice, c/o Mc Elwee Funeral Directors or any family memberMEEHAN The death has taken place at the Donegal Hospice of Willie Meehan, Galdonagh, Manorcunningham. Requiem mass today at 11am in St Columba’s Church, Drumoghill, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please – Donations in lieu if desired to the Donegal Hospice c/o any family member.PRIORThe death has taken place of Stephen Prior of Essex, England, and formerly of Rossnowlagh Road, Ballyshannon.  Suddenly. Reposing at his mother’s residence, Rossnowlagh Road, Ballyshannon, on Thursday from 4pm. Removal to St. Joseph’s Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon on Friday at 6:30pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12noon, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.OBITUARY NOTICES FOR TODAY – WEDNESDAY, JULY 13TH was last modified: July 13th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:death notices donegaljuly 13thlast_img read more


first_imgFOUR MASTERS CYCLING NEWS: Ras Dhun na nGall 3- day cycle race returns to south- west DonegalWith the an Post Ras having just spent four days in Donegal, cycling is in the news and it is now the turn of the Ras Dhun na nGall to take to the roads around Ardara over the bank holiday weekend. Sponsored by the Nesbitt Arms Hotel, the Ardara Town Traders, and The Dealer “free- ads” paper, this exciting and colorful event will see 110 of the country’s best young riders take on some of Ireland’s most difficult cycling terrain.The race has always been an important stepping stone for riders with ambitions of going to the highest levels of the sport, and several of our previous competitors have gone on to win big races all over Ireland, Britain and Europe. The 2012 Ras Dhun na nGall takes to the roads this coming Friday evening, leaving Ardara and heading through Kilraine, Frosses, Dunkineely and Bruckless and returning to Ardara via the Five Points. This stage will be short, fast and more than likely will end in a big bunch sprint along the Main Street in Ardara just as the Melting Pot Festival is getting into full swing.Saturday morning sees the riders in Maghera for a time- trial, which while short, will see the maximum effort from each rider as time lost or gained here may prove to be critical to the overall result of the race. Each rider will ride flat out uphill for just under two miles, and the fastest riders will cover the distance in around six and a half minutes. After a short recovery period, the riders leave Ardara again in the afternoon on a 51-mile stage that takes them through Maas and Glenties before turning at Fintown for Doochary and Lettermacaward and through Glenties to finish at the school in Ardara.The final stage, at lunchtime on Sunday, is by far the most difficult as the riders race from Ardara through Bruckless, Dunkineely, Glenties, Clooney and Ardara again before finishing on the famous Glengesh Pass. Glengesh is known throughout Irish cycling circles as being one of the most difficult climbs in the country, friendly for spectators but much less so for the cyclists themselves at the end of three hard days of racing. While the overall winner will take the plaudits on Sunday evening in Ardara, all the riders will be content in the knowledge that they will have just completed one of the hardest races in Irish cycling.The racing will be hard and fast for the entire weekend, and while some traffic delays may take place in the south west of the county over the weekend, the public has always been hugely supportive of the race, and the riders appreciate the courtesy and appreciation shown to them by all along the route. Approximate time schedules:Friday 1st June:Stage 1Depart Ardara: 7.30pmFrosses: 8.11 Dunkineely: 8.27Bruckless: 8.32Arrive Ardara 9.00pm Saturday 2nd June: Stage 2First rider starts Maghera: 9.01amLast rider finishes: 11.20amStage 3:Depart Ardara: 2.30pmClooney: 2.50Glenties: 3.06Fintown: 3.29Doochary: 3.41Lettermacaward: 4.10Glenties: 4.31Finish Ardara: 4.48pmSunday 3rd June:Stage 4Depart Ardara: 12.00noonBruckless: 12.31Dunkineely: 12.35Glenties: 1.16Clooney: 1.33Ardara 1st Passage: 1.48Ardara 2nd Passage: 2.30Finish Glengesh: 2.44pmCYLCING: RAS DHUN NA NGALL RETURNS THIS WEEKEND was last modified: May 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CYLCING: RAS DHUN NA NGALL RETURNS THIS WEEKENDlast_img read more


first_imgTwo Co Donegal schools have been given funding for upgrading works.Joe McHugh TDThe School Building Unit from the Department of Education and Skills confirmed that St Joseph’s National School, Rathdonnell has been successful in its funding application for Additional Accommodation for an additional classroom.And under the Emergency Works Scheme, SN Naomh Colmcille was successful in their funding request for Health and Safety requirements. Commenting on today’s announcement, Deputy McHugh highlighted “the hard work that schools do on a daily basis in order to maintain a high standard and the best learning environment for students and I welcome today’s announcement that St Joseph’s National School has been successful in their application.“I also welcome confirmation that SN Naomh Colmcille were successful under the Emergency Works Scheme. This funding will allow key health and safety work to be carried out at the school and with the Department receiving so many similar requests, with a limited budget available, I commend the schools on all their hard work.”“Last week, the Department of Education and Skills confirmed that Cashel National School, Fanad, has been successful in their application for much needed funding to repair the building’s roof through the Emergency Works Scheme.“While these successful applications for funding are a welcomed result, there are still many challenges facing schools in Donegal, especially small schools. There was very positive news last week that both Gartan and Glenmaquin National School were successful in their appeal to retain a teacher but many others are facing similar situations and I will continue to work with principals, board of management’s and teachers in highlighting at a Government level the impact that losing a teacher can have, not just on the school and the students but on communities as well.”  TWO DONEGAL SCHOOLS GET FUNDING FOR UPGRADES was last modified: June 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe Shandon Hotel.The former owner of the Shandon Hotel has objected to the granting of a license for the hotel.Mr Dermot McGlade appeared at Falcarragh District Court this morning when a license application by the new owners of the Portnablagh-based hotel was heard.The hotel was recently purchased at an All-Sops Auction in Dublin for approximately €800,0000 but was once value at almost €6M. New owner Mr Warren McCarthy appeared in court to give evidence of his plans for the hotel.His solicitor Mr Brendan Twomey said he was aware that the hotel’s former owner Mr Dermot McGlade was objecting to the granting of the license.However he said that the court was no provision to hear Mr Glade’s objection during the court sitting.Donegal Daily understands the objection relates to a right-of-way at the hotel but no reference was made to this in court. Mr McCarthy gave evidence that although he had no experience in the bar trade, he had acquainted himself with the alcohol laws.He said he planned to move a management team in to run the hotel and they would operate it under him.He said the hotel needed some renovation but no structural works but rather works to address some damp and leaking roofs.He said that he did not envisage the hotel will open in the summer but may be open before Christmas.Judge Paul Kelly explained to the former owner Mr McGlade that he did not have the right to object at the current court but could do so during the annual licensing court in September. Judge Kelly also advised solicitor Mr Twomey to inform his client of the situation with regard to Mr McGlade’s objection to the hotel.FORMER OWNER OBJECTS TO LICENSE FOR SHANDON HOTEL was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalobjectionPortnablaghshandon hotellast_img read more

SA teen lifts Scirocco R-Cup title

first_imgVan der Linde showed great maturity during the hotly contested 11-lap (50- kilometre) race, which saw the top eight on the starting grid covered by less than a second. He avoided trouble as the field bunched up going into the first corner of the opening lap and was fourth by the end of it. He is also the latest member of a distinguished motor racing family to have claimed an international championship. His uncle Etienne won the German and European Formula Opel championships in 1998, while his father, Shaun, and grandfather, Hennie, won multiple South African circuit racing championships. The teenager from Johannesburg did it in convincing fashion by recording his fifth victory of the nine-round international series after starting from fifth on the grid. “This is a very important victory for me and will hopefully open up doors to my career. I am very grateful to Volkswagen for making it possible for me to compete in this important championship. And I am especially grateful to my family for their support and encouragement.” Volkswagen Cup champion Van der Linde won the prestigious gas-powered one-make series in his rookie year after earning the drive by becoming the youngest person ever to win the the South African Volkswagen Cup in 2012. 21 October 2013 As the race progressed, he picked off the cars ahead of him, moving up to third on lap two, second on lap seven and, finally, into the lead on lap nine. At the chequered flag, he had opened up a gap of a second on Jensen and won going away. Jensen was second after starting from fourth place and Matthias Bauerle of Germany, who started from pole position, was third. Pepper finished ninth after making up three places from his starting position of 12th.center_img FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGSKelvin van der Linde (South Africa) 348Kasper Jensen (Denmark) 295Jordan Pepper (South Africa) 256Dennis Trebbing (USA) 225Michele Gatting (Denmark) 214Nicolai Madsen (Denmark) 210Manuel Fahnauer (Germany) 198Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky (Sweden) 185Ross Wylie (Great Britain) 175Victor Bouveng ((Sweden) 160 It was a giant leap for the 17-year-old’s dream of making an international career in motor sport and he notched up several milestones in the process. Kelvin van der Linde made South African motor racing history when he won the 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco R-Cup Championship at the Hockenheimring circuit in Germany on Saturday. He was the only driver to win more than one race during the year and is the youngest-ever winner of the German championship. “I was careful at the start to avoid any contact with other cars and was aiming to just maintain my position and make whatever safe passes I could during the race. When I found myself in third, I thought I might as well try and win the race and I was able to do so without taking any big risks. ‘I knew what I had to do’“I knew what I had to do today and fortunately it all turned out alright,” Van der Linde said afterwards. 43-point advantageWith a 43-point advantage over his nearest rival, Kasper Jensen of Denmark, and a 40-point lead over fellow South African Jordan Pepper – the only other drivers who could have won the championship on the weekend – Van der Linde had only to finish 12th to secure the title. last_img read more