SABAT Race - Louw wins AGAIN!

The Zwartkops racetrack in Pretoria hosted the 2007 QASA / SABAT Power Wheelchair Race, with a record field of 30 drivers. Picture: SABAT pace car - The SABAT Mini Coopers set the race in motion.

SABAT pulled out all the stops to provide a stunning venue for the participating QASA members and their sponsoring SABAT branches. A massive white marquee tent was erected at the pit exit lane and offered a cool spot for everyone to sit out of the scorching spring sunshine. There was food and drink aplenty, and a rocking musical duo, including a gorgeous blonde singer who at times had some pulses racing.

The race was run on the adjacent 1000 metre go-kart track which was wonderfully accessible to the competitors. The track wound around itself with many curves and corners including a bridge / tunnel section where the track crossed over itself. Judging by the width of grins at the finish line, all the drivers were thrilled to be on the convoluted kart circuit. Picture: The winners - From L to R: Andy Smith 3rd; Andre Hattingh 2nd; Jannie Louw 1st; Debbie Barnard 1st woman.

For the second time in a row Jannie Louw won the main race with teenager Andre Hattingh second and Andy Smith third. The first lady driver over the line was Debbie Barnard. To celebrate his win, Jannie Louw presented his R1500.00 CE Mobility prize voucher to his friend Melissa Smit.

QASA Director Ari Seirlis thanked SABAT MD Murray Long for his unstinting support to the organisation’s members (SABAT donates two batteries a year to each QASA quad member). Murray Long thanked Seirlis and the QASA members for being a part of SABAT’s race day.




The grid -
30 drivers massed on the starting grid for the 2007 race.

The start -
There was a mad dash for the first corner.



Ari and Murray -
Ari Seirlis and Murray Long address the crowd.

Jannie and Melissa -
Jannie donated his prize to his friend Melissa Smit.

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