Daniel Rowe, a 20 year-old HMS (Human Movement Science) student at NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University) is the first Port Elizabethan to lead the Engen Volkswagen Cup championship since series champions Tschops Sipuka and Michael Stephen in the mid-2000s.
Engen Volkswagen Cup is part of the national Super Series which competes at Aldo Scribante Raceway on Saturday, 3 May, round three of the national season. The single-make Engen Volkswagen Cup is one of the perennial favourites in the line-up due to its close racing and tough battles.
Rowe is currently in his second season of competition in the series and is part of the Ferodo team. This sees him partnered with Sheldon van der Linde (16 – Ferodo Racing) and Shayur Harpal (26 – Ferodo Racing). Previously Rowe has competed in karts, Formula Volkswagen and in a number of regional racing events.
“Things are going well this year,” says Rowe. “The backing we get from Ferodo in getting the cars set up and the vibe within the team is great. I have good teammates but we race hard out on track, there’s no such thing as team orders once the race is underway!”
Rowe is a third-generation motorsport competitor, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, Lionel Rowe, who campaigned in a number of different disciplines but is probably best-known for competition in the Broadspeed Anglia. Mike Rowe, Daniel’s father, campaigned the Engen Volkswagen Cup series when the field made use of the Polo Classic sedan models.