South Yorkshire’s F4 Driver Returns to Childhood Stomping Ground with 2024’s Steel City Cup

30th May 2024

Motor racing hot prospect, Rowan Campbell-Pilling, has announced that his annual karting championship will return this Summer.

Taking place at Parkwood Karting, in Neepsend, the Steel City Cup returns this 26 and 27 June as Rowan hosts a two-day event in support of The Children’s Hospital Charity. 

The 17-year-old Motorsport UK Academy driver, from Sheffield, is a rising star of British motorsport. He is currently competing in his first Rokit British F4 certified by the FIA Season, driving for the Phinsys by Argenti team. This is seen as the first rung on the ladder towards Formula 1.

Rowan has joined the F4 grid off the back of a successful karting career, where he competed in the Daniel Ricciardo Series and IAME X30 in both the junior and senior classes. 

The early stages of his motorsport journey began at Parkwood Karting, where he trained from the age of 7, right up until his F4 debut last month. 

The F4 star, who has recently got his first overall podium in round two of the championship, will be returning to Parkwood to host the Steel City Cup. 

Back for its second year, the cup sees businesses based in and around Sheffield compete as they raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity. 

The charity event starts with 2-hour endurance qualifying races next month. Those with the fastest laps will then compete in a grand final in September. 

Rowan has supported many charities over the years but feels a particular affinity with The Children’s Hospital Charity. 

He was born in the Jessop Wing, just around the corner from Sheffield Children’s, and was admitted there two months later for a serious chest infection. Much more recently, Rowan needed an X-ray and again made use of their outstanding facilities. 

Rowan, ambassador for The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “My family and I know first-hand how important the services at Sheffield Children’s are, and being able to raise money and awareness for something that means so much to me, and many other young people in the region, is such an honour.

“It also means a lot to me to host the Steel City Cup, especially in my old stomping ground. I hope we can encourage many more businesses to get involved and raise money for a good cause.”

Rob Gurruchaga, Development Officer, from The Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “We can’t wait to head down to Parkwood Karting with Rowan for the second Steel City Cup. Rowan’s support means so much and he’s a real credit to the ambassador role and a great advocate for the charity.

“The money we raise from this event will make a huge difference to the lives of our patients, their families and our staff at Sheffield Children’s.”

Rowan is calling for businesses to join this year’s Steel City Cup. To get your team involved, contact rory@widdsigns.co.uk to book your place.

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