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2014-05-04 11:20

SHELDON SETS A RECORD: Sheldon van der Linde, younger brother of VW Scirocco Cup R champion Kelvin, has at 14 become the youngest driver to win an SA Saloon Car race - a VW Cup round at Port Elizabeth. Image: Steve Wicks / Motorpress

PORT ELIZABETH, Eastern Cape - The Ferodo team claimed the spotlight - twice - at Round 3 of the VW Cup championship at Ado Scribante in Port Elizabeth on Saturday (May 3 2014).
First, local driver Daniel Rowe stepped up to the challenge of racing in front of his home crowd, qualified second and drew pole for Race 1 - going on to win and push his championship lead.
That was cool but how about Sheldon van der Linde? On his first outing at Scribante and in only his third event in the championship, he won Race 2. So....?


The 'so' is that Sheldon is only 14 years old and so becomes the youngest driver in SA motorsport history to win a National Saloon Car event.
Sheldon is the younger brother of Kelvin, a past VW Cup champion, Scirocco R-Cup champion and current competitor in the European Adac GT Masters' championship.
Behind Rowe the fight for second and third was between Dewald Brummer (and Van der Linde. When Brummer locked his brakes it opened the door to Van der Linde who grabbed the opportunity to finish second place.
Van der Linde's pole in the second race was all he needed to grab his historic win while Mathew Hodges put his Polo Vivo into second ahead of the younger racers.

Rowe rounded out that second race podium to finish second overall for the day, just behind his hard-charging teammate.
There was a real battle for seventh in the second race when Jano van der Westhuizen, Tasmin Pepper, Adrian Wood and Juan Gerber were involved in a pitched battle. Van der Westhuizen eventually won.
In the Masters' Race 1 Hodges was fighting for his podium finish until he lost power, which allowed Trevor Bland past for first, with Gerber in second and John Johnstone third - his first podium finish in the series.
Race 2 saw Hodges running right up front with the race leaders while Bland, running fifth overall, was set to finish second and Gerber fighting for third.
The Engen Volkswagen Cup will be in East London on Saturday July 5 2014

Race 1
1 Daniel Rowe
2 Sheldon van der Linde
3 Dewald Brummer

Race 2
1 Sheldon van der Linde
2 Mathew Hodges
3 Daniel Rowe

1 Sheldon van der Linde
2 Daniel Rowe
3 Dewald Brummer

1 Trevor Bland
2 Juan Gerber
3 John Johnstone
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