Sheldon van der Linde has been awarded the Sean Edwards Trophy, in recognition of up-and-coming GT racing talent.
Established in the name of inaugural FIA GT3 European champion Edwards who died in 2013, the award, for drivers under the age of 21, was presented during SRO Motorsport Group’s awards ceremony in London on Saturday.
The 19-year-old South African claimed the Junior championship and second overall in ADAC GT Masters this year, while making selected starts in Blancpain GT Series, Intercontinental GT Challenge and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, highlighted by a third place finish in the Total 24 Hours of Spa with Montaplast by Land Motorsport.
Van der Linde follows in the footsteps of Ben Baricoat and inaugural winner Jules Szymkowiak, who were awarded the Lalique trophies in 2017 and 2016, respectively.
Edwards’ mother and founder of the Sean Edwards Foundation, Daphne McKinley, presented the award, which also sees van der Linde receive 20 sets of Pirelli tires to use in 2019.