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Foxhill to flag-off Super Series racing

Thirukumar Nadarasa (centre) CEO Hutch, handing over the sponsorship cheque to Kamil Hussain (left) president SLARDAR with Dinesh Jayawardana, (right) president of AMRC also present
Thirukumar Nadarasa (centre) CEO Hutch, handing over the sponsorship cheque to Kamil Hussain (left) president SLARDAR with Dinesh Jayawardana, (right) president of AMRC also present

Eight racing events will be the highlights at the ‘Sri Lanka Super Series’ that will be conducted this year with the Foxhill Super Cross to be the first event to rave up proceedings on April 21 and 22.

Three events will be run on gravel, two on tarmac and a hill climb that will revolutionize the motor racing calendar. These events will be conducted by officials and members of the Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR), with Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC) and Colombo Motor Sports Club (CMSC) joining the band.

These details were disclosed at the media briefing and the launch that was held at the DIMO 800 Auditorium in the presences of dignitaries from the Army and Navy who are also keen participants and promoters of motor racing.

Hutchison Telecommunications is the title sponsor and thus the event will be named ‘Hutch Sri Lanka Super Series 2019’. The co-sponsors will be Stafford Motors the sole agents for Honda motor cycles who will be presenting a bike each for the winning driver and rider. McLarens Lubricants and Promo watch are also co-sponsors.

The other racers that will be held are Kanway Circuit meet at Meerigama on June 22 and 23, Cavalry Supercross on July 6 and 7, Commando Challenge Super Cross on August 3 and 4, Katukurunda Circuit meet on September 7 and 8, Colombo Super Cross on September 21 and 22 and the St. James’ Hill Climb on October 26 and 27. The last one will be a new venue at Bandarawela and the grand awards ceremony will be held on December 10. Kamil Hussain president of SLARDAR said that they are happy to be back to put to good use of their 35-year old heritage and experience to organize this event for the fifth time. They were put out of action for some time through a politically motivated suspension of SLARDAR. However, they made an appeal through legal means and got the suspension revoked.

“Stafford Motors are very helpful towards training 16 novices to ride in races by providing them with motor cycles,” noted Hussain. “Motor racing is always dangerous and all steps are taken to make the tracks as safe as possible.

Safety is a top priority and doctors along with ambulances will be ready to rush an injured rider or driver to the nearest hospital. Depending on the injury the victim will be rushed to the appropriate hospital by means of an ambulance as there won’t be any helicopters to carry them speedily,” stressed Hussain.

The winners of last year’s event were to be presented with cars but due to wrongful advice given by the Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS) the sponsors withdrew the cars to be given away as prizes. Thirukumar Nadarasa, CEO of Hutch said that they are glad to use this opportunity to be associated with a thrilling sport like motor racing. This will give them the chance to motivate the drivers and riders to improve in their skills of driving and riding.

Stafford Motors are involved for the third year and their Executive Director Tarindra Kaluperuma said that they love to promote new talent with the association of SLARDAR.

There will be live broadcast of six events by Rupavahini. Two venues will not have the facilities for broadcasting.