Two times Nissan Dealer 400 Special Vehicle Category winner Atang Makgekgenene dedicated his victory in the first round of the Absa Off Road Championship to his newborn daughter, Kaelo.
Kaelo, which means ‘guidance and direction’ in Setswana was born on Monday, March 15 at 14h57.
The mother, Lerato, and the 3,2kg Kaelo were discharged from the Sandton Clinic on Friday, March 20 and as tradition would have it the father is responsible for ensuring the safe passage of the mother and the new arrival from the hospital to their home.
Makgekgenene applied to the MSA Off Road Car Racing Commission to start last in the Prologue for the Nissan Dealer 400 so that he could attend to his paternal duty and he and son, Mogale, only arrived in Darling at noon on Friday.
Interestingly, either wife Lerato or son Mogale or daughter Ipi or all of them have been present at each of the events that father Atang has won in his short off road racing career.
“Having my family with me on off road events somehow inspires me to perform far better than I normally would,” said Makgekgenene. “They are an inspiration to me and I can’t wait until Kaelo is old enough to join Lerato, Mogale, Ipi and myself on events.”
“Ipi was too concerned with being at home with her sister so only Mogale came along to Darling and seeing his smiling face at the finish was the best prize of all for me.”
Makgekgenene and co-driver Mike Stangl were in top form in the Total Jimco, which is fitted with a Chevrolet Corvette LS-1 engine and qualified third fastest behind the two Proudly South African Nissan Hardbody pick-ups of Giniel de Villiers and Francois Jordaan and Duncan Vos and Hennie ter Stege in the Prologue and went on to lead the Special Vehicle Category from start to finish on Saturday.