Drivers and Riders in battle for supremacy | Sunday Observer

Drivers and Riders in battle for supremacy

Major General Shavendra Silva the chairman of the Gajaba Supercross 2017 Organizing Committee receives the main sponsor ship from Bishri Latif of CEAT Kelani Tyre Lt. Also in the picture are for left Col.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tharindu Mihiraka. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.
Major General Shavendra Silva the chairman of the Gajaba Supercross 2017 Organizing Committee receives the main sponsor ship from Bishri Latif of CEAT Kelani Tyre Lt. Also in the picture are for left Col.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Tharindu Mihiraka. Picture by Rukmal Gamage.

The sixteenth edition of the Gajaba Supercross organized by the Sri Lanka Army Light Infantry Regiment and conducted by Sri Lanka Auto Sports Drivers Association is scheduled to be held on August 27.

The event will take place at the Gajaba Regimental Supercross circuit at Regimental Complex in

Saliyapura, Anuradhaprura commencing at 09.00a.m.

The organizers have planned to conduct a total of 25 eventswhich includes 13 car events and 12 motor cycle events inclusive of events for Children under the age 10 years.

At a press briefing held with regard to the event at the SLEME Auditorium chairman of the organizing Committee , Major General Shavendra Silva said that his regiment lost the highest number of soldiers including high ranked Officers during the ethnic conflict.

“Our Regiment considers that it is one of our major commitments to look after the welfare of the families of soldiers who lost their lives and also the disabled soldiers. Our Regiment also takes care of the educational matters of connected children of same. In the past proceeds gained

through the Gajaba Supercross were used to build houses for the needy families,offered scholarships and also School needs for the children of the Regiment’s soldiers. A part of the funds too were also utilised to improve the welfare and other recreational activities of our soldiers’ he said.

The General added that a pavilion was named after veteran racing rider late Ananda Wedisinghe who died after an accident during the Nuwara Eliya road races, also the organizing Committee decided to offer a challenge trophy in memory of the Champion rider in the Super Motard Motor Cycle event.

Mahesh Gammanpila the President of the SLADA speaking said that this event has gained popularity among all motor racing fans from all parts of the country. This year’s events have attracted a record number of entries amounting to over 200 competitors (104 entries for cars and 134 entries for motor cycle events.

The most looked forward to event the SL-GT cars up to 3500cc Class has topped the highest number of entries this year with 16 entries. In previous years this event is run twice as race one and two. But as the number of cars have increased the track is unable to set all cars in one event. To overcome this problem the organizers have decided to split the race in to two groups as ‘A’ and ‘B’.

The drivers finish on top of these two groups will have to face the starter at the third race which can be considered as the final.

He further added that the Ford Laser/Mazda class too will be a highly competitive event as this class too has over 20 drivers in competition.

In the motor cycle events a keen competition could be expected as all leading riders in country are billed to compete at this event hoping to grab the CEAT Championship title for the year 2017.

Young riders in the calibre of Ishan Dassanyake, Evon B. Gurusinghe, Shehan C. Adikari, Jacques Gunawardena and Lahiru Jeewantha are set to challenge former nation Champion Gayan Sandaruwan who has come strongly after a lapse of one year.

In the Motor car events especially in the SL-GT class a close competition is expected as all leading drivers inclusive of Ahsna Silva, Pasindu Peiris, Janaka Dias and young Kushan Peiris who will be involved in a battle for prestige. With a galaxy of top drivers in competition the spectator are assured of a thrilling day out.

The main sponsor for the Gajaba Supercross 2017 is CEAT Kelani International Tyre Ltd.

The Others are Maliban Biscuits , Stafford Motor Co. Ltd. Elephant House.

The Champion Driver and Rider at Gajaba Supercross will be awarded the Major Gamini Gunesekera Challenge Trophy while the Champion Rider is to receive the Ralph Kapinsky Challenge trophy. 

 

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