TOTAL OVERBERG RALLY ABANDONED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT The Total Overberg Rally over the weekend OF August 1 , a round of the Stannic Western Cape Regional Rally championship, was abandoned following an accident that hospitalised competitors Dawid...
TOTAL OVERBERG RALLY ABANDONED FOLLOWING ACCIDENT
The Total Overberg Rally over the weekend OF August 1 , a round of the Stannic Western Cape Regional Rally championship, was abandoned following an accident that hospitalised competitors Dawid Louw and Patrick Vermaak.
Louw and co-driver Vermaak, in a Nissan Stanza, were injured in the early hours of Saturday morning when the car left the road and hit a farm dam wall at high speed. After receiving medical treatment at the scene of the accident, the pair were taken to the Bredasdorp Hospital and later to a private clinic in Hermanus where they were treated for multiple leg fractures and lacerations. Louw, a member of the South African Air Force, was later transferred to Number 2 Military Hospital in Cape Town. Both are in a satisfactory condition.
Brian Duncan, Total South Africa sponsorship manager, said the decision to stop the rally was taken after other problems with the route cropped up. These were compounded by the accident to Louw and Vermaak. "There was a long delay while Louw and Vermaak were treated at the scene of the accident and taken to hospital in Bredasdorp," Duncan said. "The other problems that cropped up were obviously put on the backburner while priority was given to attending to Dawid and Patrick. "It was then that the decision was taken to halt the rally after seven special stages."
The rally was stopped after 70 kilometres of special stage distance - which is 20 kilometres short of the distance required for the event to be officially scored. Competitors have, however, asked that the regulation regarding minimum distance be waived and that the rally be scored up to the end of special stage seven.