Eshan shines in Japan’s X30 Challenge Cup | Sunday Observer

Eshan shines in Japan’s X30 Challenge Cup

Eshan with his team manager, Aaron Lim and Mechanic Richard Raj
Eshan with his team manager, Aaron Lim and Mechanic Richard Raj

Young Eshan Peiris after an exciting performance, was placed the second runner up at the X30 Challenge Japan Cup, recently at Mizunami in Japan. Eshan once again brought honor to Sri Lanka and his home Karting Track Circuit (SLKC) at Bandaragama through his extraordinary performances in Japan. With his latest achievement he recorded another important day in Sri Lanka’s motor sports history within a short period of three months. Before achieving this feat competing in Malaysia Eshan won the Round 3 of the Rotax Max Asian Championship in Malaysia to mark his first international victory to become the first Sri Lankan to win at a highly challenging Gokarting event.

Eshan was off to a fine start for his finals at the X30 Challenge having secured fourth position in the pre-finals. During the X30 Challenge Japan Cup final, Eshan did one better and finished 3rd after snatching the lead midway through what was a very close race. And for good measure, Eshan also set the fastest lap time. So there’s plenty to celebrate on his first foray into racing in Japan. It is certainly a big boost for local motor-sports and Sri Lanka to see a Sri Lankan Gokarting driver competing successfully in Japan and have our national flag up on the podium.

This win is even more commendable given that Eshan only started racing at the late age of 14 or so. Most Gokarting champions who go on to F1 careers, after starting their Karting at the age of 8. His success was clearly the result of hard work, focus, passion and dedication, especially as he is juggling a full racing calendar while pursuing his education at Monash University in Malaysia.