Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The VOICE of InspirationBy Don LindseyI mentioned last week how excited I was for summer break to be here, and I am finding that this week is no exception. A couple of nights ago, I was listening to music, winding down for the night as I often do when I heard a song by a band named Walk Off the Earth. The song is called Summer Vibe and has a tropical… almost reggae sound to it. As the first few notes hit, and the band began by using a four-part harmony type of sound that always makes me stop what I’m doing and listen to it, I found myself happy that warmer weather is here and realized I’m ready for some summer fun.I’m probably not ready for all things summer, and I learned this earlier in the week when I was walking my dogs and thought I was going to melt in what was only 93-degree weather. While overheating doesn’t sound attractive to me, the prospect of what the summer holds outside of that is exciting.For starters, my daughter is going to camp on Sunday, and my oldest son is in Fort Pierce visiting his grandmother for a couple of weeks leaving just my middle son and my parents here for me to look after. That will be nice because I will be able to get some of the projects done that I need to do around here. It also opens opportunities for the wife and me to go places and have date type of outings that are so scarce when you’re raising children. This coming Friday for instance, we’re going to the water park which is always a blast anytime we can go and with the kids busy it will be nice to have some husband-wife time at one of our favorite places.Another aspect of the summer that I will enjoy is watching as many baseball games as possible. I was in love with the game when I was a kid, but the steroid debacle of the late 90’s and early 2000’s soured me on the game until recently, and I have realized while watching a lot more of the sport that I have missed it. I don’t get to see many Cincinnati Reds games down here but this year that’s alright as they are having a rough go of it. It’s moments like these when it also pays to be a New York Yankee fan because not only are they doing well but I get to see quite a bit of their games here. I am looking forward to spending some of my weekends and weeknights in front of the T.V. watching and relaxing.If you go around my house and ask the different members of the family what they are most excited for this summer, you would get different answers. One thing is for sure, however, and that is we are all looking forward to this season, spending time with each other, doing the things that we enjoy and seeking fun where ever we can find it. You might say we are all feeling the Summer Vibe. God Bless and have a wonderful week. charles towne Don Lindsey Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here June 9, 2018 at 11:55 pm UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSDon LindseyInspiration Previous articleLet not this difficulty pass from meNext articleWhere does Florida rank on the 2018 safest states list? Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Donnie, what memories spring and summer bring. Spring: Spring showers, the blossoming of flowers, the greening of trees, family get togethers, happy people, picnics, laughter, lots of laughter, Swimming in the old swimming hole, freedom from school, fishing, The community gathering at the community baseball diamond, Gardening, catching lightning bugs, gathering honey, and more, yes, so much more! Blessings to you and yours Donnie, Chaz June 10, 2018 at 3:32 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Enjoy thisto shall pass all to quickly,. Sunrise. Sunset! Yes sir! The free time and warm weather open up a lot of great opportunities for the family and I to spend time and make memories that the kids will remember as the age. A lot to look forward to no doubt. Thanks for the comment Chuck and God bless! Don Lindsey is a follower of Christ, son, husband, father, and a survivor. Originally from Dayton Ohio, and resident of Apopka for six years, Don sees his life as a dedication to his wife, parents, children, and community. Reply Reply Ej Please enter your comment! 3 COMMENTS June 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Judie Hennessey Judie has over 30 years of experience working with financial institutions and strategic marketing and communications efforts. Her responsibilities include the development and execution of national marketing and communications strategies … Web: www.securian.com Details Online banking services continue to grow in popularity and demand. However, it’s important to take a closer look at the full value of the branch experience – and make sure important features and options are not left behind.I sat down with Cathy Klimek, senior counsel, Securian Financial, to gain her insight on the importance of making sure credit protection remains part of the digital experience for members and how credit unions can make it happen. As credit unions quickly evolve to offer more online lending options to members, do you think they fully grasp the importance of making sure credit protection programs make the move online as well?They understand the importance; it may not always be a priority. The pandemic has resulted in credit unions having to quickly pivot and make loans available in new ways. Credit protection likely fell by the wayside during the initial push to keep up with the lending needs of their members.Credit unions are reaching out to you for guidance right now; what’s driving their outreach?For those credit unions reaching out, they are already tuned in to the value of credit protection; it’s embedded in their sales culture. They understand the important protection it provides members. And, they emphasize the value internally by encouraging loan officers to make it part of their regular conversations with members.When they make the move to provide more digital lending options and resources to members, it’s a natural progression to include the lending protection products. They also understand the importance of doing it the right way. That’s why compliance and member experience is where we spend most of our time during a consultative session.What does your consultative approach look like? How do you get started?First, I provide an overview of what to consider when making the transition from paper to digital lending and credit protection. This includes e-signatures and what is known as date and time stamping. These processes essentially walk members through the necessary disclosures and captures their acknowledgement or response to what is provided. This provides the audit trail needed to administer the program and the members’ elections.It’s important to socialize all considerations and confirm compliance with all necessary rules and regulations among internal lending, compliance and technology teams. The move to digital requires a coordinated effort. While it’s not necessarily a difficult transition, a phone call to get them all grounded in the new process and walk through the details, works well.When working with credit unions, what challenges have you helped them overcome in order to offer credit protection alongside online lending options?It’s important to make sure nothing is missed in the translation from the paper to the digital world. I offer to walk through lending system screens together – just as they will appear to members. By doing so, the credit protection is introduced when and where it should be that’s easiest for the member – and in a compliant manner.What are the three most important factors for credit unions to consider when offering credit protection online?Compliance, compliance, compliance!Keep it simple, quick and easy to understand.Create a seamless experience including simplified eligibility.The pandemic has resulted in many credit unions making a move to digital resources and tools almost overnight. What has surprised you the most? What do you see as the biggest learning opportunity? Credit unions have known they needed to be online for some time; the emphasis on member needs and the accelerated pace of the transition has taken the industry by storm. Consumer buy-in, across all ages and life stages was a surprise. It was assumed millennials would get on board quickly, but we are seeing all generations getting more comfortable with online banking. Consumer buy-in to this new digital world will only continue to rise.The pandemic has provided a new way to look at how organizations react to large scale disruptions. The lessons learned during the pandemic can be applied to everyday operations! In particular, the pandemic has given organizations an opportunity to see what most concerns consumers, what drives their anxiety, and how they can be of help in a more holistic manner. Good leaders and good organizations will learn from this and apply it beyond pandemic planning – and a need for an immediate pivot caused by disruption. While the circumstances have not been ideal, the pandemic has created opportunities to come out the other side stronger, more innovative, and better poised for the future.
“Those are easy points. I’m always willing to be that guy who takes those free shots,” Thomas said.Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball was held out after returning to the lineup and playing 17 minutes Friday night against Dallas. He had missed the previous 15 games with a sore left knee.NOTESCaldwell-Pope’s eight 3s were his most in a game this season and tied his career high. He also hit eight while scoring a career-best 38 points against New Orleans last season.Sacramento is struggling at home over the last seven weeks, winning just once there during that stretch to fall to 8-19 at the Golden 1 Center this season. The Kings are 10-22 on the road.ADVANTAGE LAKERSEven though the Kings and Lakers had some epic Western Conference playoff battles a decade and a half ago, the Lakers have dominated the series since both teams landed in their current homes, with the Lakers now holding a 94-45 advantage.FOX RETURNSKings rookie point guard De’Aaron Fox returned after missing a game with conjunctivitis. He started and played 30 minutes, scoring 13 points and handing out six assists without committing a turnover.UP NEXTLakers: Play at Atlanta on Monday. Los Angeles won its only previous game against the Hawks this season, 132-113 on Jan. 7 at home.Kings: Wrap up a three-game homestand against Minnesota on Monday. Sacramento has lost its two previous games this season against the Timberwolves, both of which were played in Minneapolis. PreviousSacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, uses a screen set by Zach Randolph, right, as he tries to elude Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, center, congratulates teammate Julius Randle after he scored and was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram dribbles up court during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSacramento Kings head coach David Joerger questions referee Gediminas Petraitis about a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram comes up with a loose ball against Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, behind, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic, right, shoots over Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, is fouled by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope flashes one finger after scoring against the Sacramento Kings during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple, left, and Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart scramble for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle, center, goes to the basket between Sacramento Kings’ Willie Cauley-Stein, left, and Buddy Hield during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, right, uses a screen set by teammate Brook Lopez, left, to get away from Sacramento Kings forward Justin Jackson during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, left, shoots over Sacramento Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings forward Zach Randolph, right, goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez reacts after being called for a foul during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton questions referee Mike Callahan about a call during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, left, uses a screen set by Zach Randolph, right, as he tries to elude Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, center, congratulates teammate Julius Randle after he scored and was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)NextShow Caption1 of 16Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas, center, congratulates teammate Julius Randle after he scored and was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. The Lakers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)ExpandBy ROB GLOSTERSACRAMENTO — During a five-minute span in the third quarter, everyone in the Golden 1 Center knew where the ball was going when the visiting Los Angeles Lakers were on offense. That didn’t mean the Sacramento Kings could do anything to stop Kentavious Caldwell-Pope from putting on a one-man shooting show.Caldwell-Pope scored 17 of his season-high 34 points in the third and the Lakers snapped a three-game road losing streak with a 113-108 win Saturday night against the Kings.Caldwell-Pope hit eight 3-pointers and the Lakers had 17 overall. Isaiah Thomas added 17 points off the bench in his fifth game since Los Angeles acquired him in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“It’s been a while since I’ve been that hot,” said Caldwell-Pope, who is in his first season with the Lakers after spending his first four NBA seasons with Detroit.Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic each had 21 points to lead the Kings, who have lost eight of their last nine home games. Willie Cauley-Stein added 18 points and 15 rebounds.The Kings took a 64-54 lead with two minutes gone in the third quarter, but Caldwell-Pope then hit five 3s in a five-minute span to lead the Lakers on a 33-19 run for the rest of the period.“He got a couple in transition, but he’s 6-foot-6 and he just shot it over the top of us,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “So once he got a catch, he could just get it up and he sent it over the top.”The teams traded the lead early in the fourth before the Lakers took control, though the Kings pulled within a point in the final minute. Thomas and Josh Hart each hit a pair of free throws in the final 12 seconds to seal it.
The goal came about in the most unlikely of circumstances as the seconds ticked down and Virgil van Dijk mishit a hopeful, desperate shot in the direction of the Everton goal, with the effort ballooning into the air and the defender turning his back in disgust.But goalkeeper Jordan Pickford struggled to judge the flight of the ball as it dropped from the Anfield night sky.The England man panicked, appearing to push the ball upwards before it bounced on top of the bar and into the path of Origi, who had a simple task to head into the open net.Pickford apologised for his blunder but gave a different version of events.“The ball spun and as I tried to flick it over, my hand hit the bar,” he said. “I think it is the Everton luck when we come to Anfield.”For Origi, whose derby appearance in April 2016 saw him suffer a career-threatening ankle injury before he was forced to spend last season on loan with Wolfsburg, it was a particularly sweet goal.“I said it to him, when I went to him on the pitch I had it in my mind. I’ve never forgot it (the injury) since,” said Klopp. “Fouls and harsh tackles happen, but in his case it was so obvious that it was a break in his development.“So it was always in my mind about Div that night (against Everton). And coming on tonight, he can finish that book and from now on everything will be fine again.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Origi’s freak injury-time winning goalLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Divock Origi’s freak injury-time winning goal settled a thrilling Merseyside derby as Liverpool beat Everton 1-0 on Sunday to stay in touch with Premier League leaders Manchester City, although the FA may yet have the final word on a tempestuous finale to the game.Jurgen Klopp apologised on TV afterwards for his celebrations after Origi, making his first Premier League appearance since August 2017, scored the decisive 96th-minute goal.The German manager sprinted onto the field, running beyond the centre circle, while numerous coaching staff and substitutes headed towards the Kop to join Liverpool players celebrating with supporters.At the other end of Anfield, Everton supporters threw blue flares onto the field, another incident that will likely bring FA action.And while Klopp claimed he had apologised to opposite number Marco Silva after the game — a claim denied by the Everton man — the FA may take a dim view of the wild scenes.“Immediately after the game I apologised to Marco Silva when we spoke to each other,” said Klopp. “I told him how much I respect his work.“What can I say about it? I didn’t want to run. It was not in my plan. I didn’t want to run to Ali (goalkeeper Alisson), I couldn’t stop obviously. Not cool, but it happened.” Silva rejected Klopp’s version of events, however. “He didn’t apologise to me,” he said. “To be honest, I didn’t see so I don’t know what he did and how he did it.“I think he didn’t expect anything (the late goal) so it was a lucky day for him.”– Freak goal –
Ten women golfers are one step closer to playing with a star of the European Tour after qualifying for the national final of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy, run in partnership with England Golf. They came through the North regional qualifier at Windermere Golf Club where Pauline Fawcett, from Knott End Golf Club in Lancashire, led the way with a remarkable net score of just 59. Pauline now goes forward to the final in England Golf Week at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, in August, alongside Abby Roper (Seascale, Cumbria); Yolanda Metcalfe (Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria); Karen Douglas (Easingwold, Yorkshire); Diane Cairns (Seahouses, Northumberland); Mandy Holden (West End, Yorkshire); Jesnette Kinder (Reddish Vale, Cheshire); Andrea Wallis (Crosland Heath, Yorkshire); Susanna Sulistio (Penwortham, Lancashire); and Kathryn Watkin (Castle Eden, Durham). Pauline, who plays off 15 and had birdies at three of the par threes, said: “That was the round of my life – by far my best and probably never to be repeated! Even when I hit a bad shot it seemed to land in a good place. On the greens I was just trying to get the putts close – but they kept dropping in! It was a day I will never forget.” The ten players will be joined by qualifiers from five other regional finals and the overall winner will be England’s female Handicap Golfer of the Year. The top nine players in the field will play in the pro-am of the Bridgestone Challenge, the English leg of The Challenge Tour, at Luton Hoo on 6 September. They’ll be joined by the top nine players from the companion men’s championship, making up a total of six teams in the pro-am. The most successful of these teams will go on to the pro-am of the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, at Close House in Northumberland later in the same month, playing with a star of The European Tour. The Bridgestone Chase your Dream Trophy is an annual event open to members of England Golf’s 1,900 affiliated clubs and features separate competitions for men and women. Players can already register their interest in the 2018 Chase Your Dream Trophy by clicking here. Entries will open in the autumn to players who have been successful in 2017 club competitions and are eligible for the regional finals. Last season, England Golf and Bridgestone worked together to run a similar event called the Driveguard Trophy for club golfers. It made a dream come true for South West players Zack Rosen, Carl Broomfield and Peter Carr. The trio eventually found themselves as guests of Bridgestone at the British Masters supported by Sky Sports, playing alongside 2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell. 26 May 2017 Net 59 helps Pauline chase her dream
In this file photo from June 16, 2010, then Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson, left, directs Derek Fisher during NBA basketball practice in Los Angeles. The New York Knicks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, amid reports that Fisher has agreed to become the team’s basketball head coach. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)Derek Fisher has agreed to become the next coach of the New York Knicks and will be introduced at a news conference Tuesday morning, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.The Knicks did not confirm the hiring, other than saying they were planning a “major announcement.”The person who confirmed the deal to AP spoke on condition of anonymity because neither side authorized the public disclosure of any information related to the deal.The 39-year-old Fisher just completed his 18th season, finishing his career with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played under Knicks President Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, and helped that franchise win five NBA titles.Fisher would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer, though it was widely known that this season would be his last as a player. And once the Knicks failed to close a deal with Steve Kerr — who wound up accepting an offer from Golden State — Fisher was believed to be the next target on Jackson’s list.Jackson was fined $25,000 for the league last week for a tampering violation involving Fisher. He was still under contract with the Thunder when Jackson told New York reporters that Fisher was “on my list of guys that could be very good candidates” to replace Mike Woodson on the Knicks’ sideline.Fisher surely could still play. He has just suspected for a while that his time has come to do something else.“Coaching allows for you to positively impact other people’s lives,” Fisher told reporters during his exit interview after Oklahoma City’s season ended. “To help a group of people find success, whether they have or haven’t before, you’re all working together for a common goal.”Fisher’s hiring means that next season, both teams in New York will have former point guards barely removed from playing days at the helms.It worked for the Brooklyn Nets, who made the Eastern Conference semifinals this season with first-year coach Jason Kidd, and now the Knicks will hope that Fisher can have the same success.His hiring is the first significant step in what’s expected to be a broad makeover of the team by Jackson, who was hired late in the regular season to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that has won just one playoff series in the past 14 years.Over that 14-year span, the Knicks have won a mere 10 playoff games. Fisher played in 134 playoff wins during that stretch.___AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami contributed to this report.
Tony Johnson in action (Courtesy Photo)Tony Johnson is called “Ice Man” because of his demeanor and “cool” way of going about his business inside the wrestling ring. He’s also one of the most athletically gifted wrestlers to grace the sport in Pittsburgh for quite some time.Johnson, 6’ and 207 lbs., will take those qualifications to the square circle on Saturday, September 27 as he battles for the most prestigious wrestling strap in the city: the Keystone State Wrestling Alliance (KSWA) Golden Triangle Championship.Currently held by the 6’3”, 367-lb Bulldozer, the Golden Triangle Championship has been a sought-after prize ever since the KSWA debuted in 2000 at Peabody High School. Bulldozer, a menacing giant from Detroit, Michigan, is the 17th Megastar to hold the belt. He won it in a tournament earlier this year after current KSWA World Heavyweight Champion Shane Starr relinquished the title, allowing someone else to have a shot.In fact, Bulldozer defeated Johnson in the semi-finals for the Golden Triangle tournament on May 31 at the Teamster Temple in Lawrenceville.Now the two face each other once again with the title on the line.The match is part of a big fundraiser for St Raphael Elementary School, 1154 Chislett Street, in Morningside this Saturday night. Tickets are $10 each.Johnson and his friend and frequent tag team partner Jay Flash had been battling for the KSWA Tag Team Championships before Flash broke his ankle in a freak accident. Johnson has since gone it alone, with his sights on the Golden Triangle Championship.Bulldozer has called winning the belt a “Seven Year Dream” of working in small regional promotions, before winning major gold in Pittsburgh. Bulldozer will be accompanied to the ring on Saturday by his manager, the always devious Mayor Mystery.Eight matches have been scheduled for the fundraising event Saturday night. The KSWA World Championship is on the line as Shane Starr defends against former champion “Dr. Devastation” Lou Martin. There’s a battle of owners Bobby O and Tommy Faime as they tag with Kris Kash and Shawn Blanchard respectively in a grudge match. Reigning 5-Star Champion Bobby Badfingers defends against The Jester and the KSWA Tag Team Champions Jack Massacre and Mike Malachi defend against former champions Tyler Cross and Edric Everhart. Other matches are scheduled, and the card is subject to change.Wrestlers from the KSWA stopped by St. Raphael’s on Friday to sign autographs and ramp up the kids. Ticket & Event Information Call 412-726-1762 or 412-661-0288
29 April 2014 South Africa’s Kelvin van der Linde racked up yet another memorable milestone in his young career with victory in race two of the opening round of the ADAC GT Masters in Oschersleben, Germany, on Sunday. The 17-year-old motor-racing phenomenon, the 2013 South African Motor Sportsman of the Year, shared a Prosperia C Abt Audi R8 with Germany’s Rene Rast and became the youngest ever GT Masters pole-sitter (in race one) and race winner. The two Prosperia C Abt Audi drivers dominated Sunday’s event to come home 2.4 seconds ahead of the Porsche 911 GT3 R driven by Christian Engelhart of Germany and Dutchman Jaap van Lagen. Dramatic start The race got off to a dramatic start with a pile-up ahead of the first corner, which immediately brought out the red flags. All seven drivers involved emerged relatively unscathed. After a 30-minute delay, it was restarted but over a reduced distance, with the time now limited to 48 minutes. Rast, still in pole position, led off strongly. The pursuing pair of Austrian Dominik Baumann in a BMW Z4 GT3 and Van Lagen in the Porsche were preoccupied with a private battle for second position, and while Van Lagen prevailed, he was unable to pose any sort of threat to race leader Rast.Mandatory pit stop At the mandatory pit stop, Rast handed over to co-driver Van der Linde with a two- second cushion, and the youngster then brought the car home safely ahead of Engelhart and Van Lagen. Baumann and German Claudia Hurtgen were third in the BMW, 3.1 seconds in arrears. The debut performance by the young South African could hardly have been more impressive: he not only became the youngest ever race winner in the series but also claimed one of the two pole positions in his own right.‘Quite nerve-wracking’ “I found the first half hour of the race quite nerve-wracking and was a bit concerned when I took over as race leader, as I didn’t know if I could hang on to P1 after the pit stop,” Van der Linde confessed afterwards. “But I then found myself further in front and just focused on finishing the race and managing the lead. “I’m very grateful to Christian Abt for the opportunity to drive his car in the ADAC GT Masters. This is a mega step up for me in my motor racing career and I am very happy to have helped the team get the new season off to such a good start. The team gave Rene and I a great car this weekend.”‘Kelvin drove a fantastic race’ “Kelvin drove a fantastic race, didn’t make any mistakes and withstood massive pressure from the opposition,” said an admiring Rast. “Apart from that frightening incident at the start, it was a relatively straightforward race. I opened up a gap on the Porsche, but never quite managed to shake him off.” Prosperia C Abt Racing, the winners of the team prize in 2013, fielded three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the first round of the high-profile international series. Pole position Van der Linde and Rast started from the pole position claimed by the South African in car #10 in Saturday’s opening one-hour sprint race. They put in impressive performances in their first appearance together and at the chequered flag were just 0.307s behind the winning Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 of Germany’s Max Buhk and Max Gotz. Engelhart and Van Lagen were third in the Porsche. The other two Prosperia C Abt Racing Audis, the #12 RT8 Audi driven by Markus Winkelhock and Stefan Wackerbauer and the #11 car shared by Nicki Thiim and Fabian Hamprecht, were forced to retire from both races. The Series Van der Linde and Rast will contest all eight rounds of the series, which features races at famous circuits like Zandvoort in Holland and the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring in Germany. Their competition includes Porsche 911 GT3s, BMW Z4 GT3s, Chev Camaro GTs and Chev Corvette GT3s, Ford GT3s, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3s and Nissan GT-R GT3s. They now lead the championship with 43 points to the 33 of Engelhart and Van Lagen and the 25 of Hurtgen and Baumann. The next round of the championship is at Zandvoort on 10 and 11 May. SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry again today. But, the pattern gets wetter tomorrow forward. We should see sunshine for most of the day today, although we wont rule out a few clouds in northern parts of the state.Moisture totals from Wed-Thur-early Friday event.Rain arrives tomorrow, and continues through Thursday. There will be two waves of action, with about 12-16 hours of pause in-between. Rain can end as wet snowflakes on Friday morning. However liquid equivalent precipitation remains in a .5″-1.5″ range for the entire event.Significantly colder behind this system, with clouds breaking for some late day sun on Friday. Then we stay partly to mostly sunny through the weekend and Monday. Temps will stay cold through the weekend, but we should start to see some temperature moderation MondayStill dry for Tuesday, but we see clouds increase through the day. Scattered showers can develop overnight next Tuesday night through Wednesday, but will be limited to a few hundredths to a couple of tenths. The rest of the 10 day window is dry.The extended period shows a few showers around for Saturday the 9th, with rain totals from .05″-.4″ over 70% of Ohio, otherwise we are dry with a mix of clouds and sun. We can see cold air initially for the 10th and 11th, but then temps moderate and go even to above normal levels toward the end of the 11-16 day period.
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