Inaugural ‘X30 Asia Cup’ Karting commenced on SLKC Bandaragama | Sunday Observer

Inaugural ‘X30 Asia Cup’ Karting commenced on SLKC Bandaragama

Sri Lanka’s first ever international Karting event ‘X30 Asia Cup’ got underway yesterday at the at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit (SLKC), Bandaragama organized by. David Pieris Racing & Leisure (Private) Limited (DPRL). This enthralling start to Asia’s Karting season will feature a number of Asia’s best drivers and winners of RotaxMaX Asian Championship and X30along with Sri Lanka’s prominent Kart racers. The X30 Asia Cup 2018 is going to be the precursor to the six round championship race series held throughout the year in Singapore and Malaysia.

Winners of the X30 Asia Cup 2018 will gain entry to the IAME International Final to be held in Le Mans, as an invitation-only event and one of the world’s largest and most prestigious professional Karting races. Spectators can purchase tickets to witness the thrilling feats of 40 Kart racers from across Asia including 9 Sri Lankans from Initiated with the endorsement of the Ministry of Tourism Development and the Ministry of Sports, the event will open new avenues to revolutionize Karting in Sri Lanka and the region.

We are doubly thrilled as some of the Sri Lankan racers are expected to pose a fierce challenge to Asia’s best racers. Moreover, this is an opportunity for Sri Lanka as a nation to open our doors to motor sports enthusiasts as a motor sports destination on par with our South East Asian counterparts, commented Dinesh Jayasundera, MD/ CEO of David Pieris Racing & Leisure.

Amongst the drivers to watch out for are, Yevan David from Singapore who became the X30 SEA Cadet Champion 2017 and Eshan Pieris from Sri Lanka who hold double honors as the Rotax Asia Max DD2 Vice Champion 2017 and the X30 Macau International Senior Champion 2017. Battling it out in the arena with Yevan and Eshan will be Prassetyo Hardja from Indonesia who holds the Rotax Asia Max DD2 Championship title 2017 and the X30 SEA Senior Champion title 2017. Alex Brown from Singapore who won the X30 SEA Junior Champion 2016 and the Malaysian X30 Junior Champion 2016 has been hailed as challenger to senior drivers in what is likely to be an exciting battle for prominence.

The event has already attracted over 50 mechanics, 100 officials and marshals and approximately 200 volunteers.

In order to bring the SLKC to international standards to prepare for the event, David Pieris Racing & Leisure extended the track in Bandaragama from 800 m to 1,212 m (lengthier than the famous Malaysian track) with a significant investment. The Company received cordial assistance from Niroshan Perira, President of Sri Lanka Motor Sports Club as International Race Director during the preparations while the specialized Karting commission of the FIA - the world governing body of motor racing recognized the tracks as suitable for X30, following completion of extension work.

David Pieris Group of Companies set up this David Pieris Racing & Leisure (Private) Limited exclusively to operate as a dedicated sector on leisure and motor racing. Hosting the Sri Lankan leg of X30 Asia Cup 2018 at the Company’s Kart racing track is going to be the stepping stone for David Pieris Racing & Leisure to explore a unique aspect of the leisure sector. In line with this, the Company has already scheduled the opening of a theme park along with a resort planned adjoining the SLKC which will commence development in April 2018. The theme park will cater to local leisure seekers as an alternative weekend getaway to Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Hong Kong.