The Sabat Power Wheelchair Race returned to Zwartkops Raceway in Centurion on August 5. Sabat Batteries hosted the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) and 22 quadriplegic power wheelchair users.
Just after 13h00, contestants gathered on the Karting Track for the race. On the green light the racers set off. The contestants took one action-packed lap around the track as they zipped around corners, overtook one another and attempted to catch up with Shaun Arde – the winner of the men’s event.
Jemina Maotoe was the winner among the women and was crowned “the fastest quad on the block” along with Shaun.
QASA CEO Ari Seirlis notes: “QASA is very grateful to AUTO-X and Sabat Batteries for funding the power wheelchair race and, most importantly, for the 15-year relationship that QASA has enjoyed as a recipient of batteries for the power wheelchairs of quadriplegics.”
Driving Ambitions showcased its new adapted vehicle at the event. Power wheelchair users can take driving lessons in the vehicle and test for their driver’s licence. The vehicle has been adapted to allow wheelchair users to roll into the vehicle. A joystick replaces the steering wheel and a lever against the door controls acceleration and braking.
Learn more about the Driving Ambitions power wheelchair accessible vehicle here.