Veteran racer, international official elected big boss of SLAS | Sunday Observer

Veteran racer, international official elected big boss of SLAS

6 September, 2020
Ashhar Hameem
Ashhar Hameem

The Sri Lanka Automobile Sports the governing body for motor sports held its Annual General Meeting on August 31 at the Institute of Sports Medicine where Ashhar Hameem a veteran racer, international official and founder member of the Southern Motor Sports Club was elected uncontested for the post of President.

Shehan de Tissera of the Colombo Motor Sports Club and Upulwan Serasinghe of the Negombo Motor Sports Club were elected uncontested as Secretary and Treasurer.

Hameem who hails from Matara is an old boy of St. Servatius College, Rahula College and Royal College Colombo. He has been an active participant on the racing track since the age of 16 and is an experienced driver who was the overall winner of the Ruhunu Rally for three consecutive years, the Negombo Rally 2002 and SLADAR 1000 in 2007 and many racing events including Katukurunda races, Wace Park, St. James’, Mahagastota and Eliyakanda hill climbs.

Motor sports in Sri Lanka is expected to reach greater heights with the new set of highly experienced officials of the racing fraternity being elected to the governing body, especially with the new president being an International Race Official and administrator trained by FIA-CAMS Australia and the British Automobile Racing Club who has officiated at the Formula One races in Australia, India and thrice in Singapore.

Sharing his future plans with the media Hameem said that with Namal Rajapaksa being a racing enthusiast and Minister of Sports and international racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa as a member of the National Sports Council he would have their support to further develop the sport.

He said that constructing two race tracks, one tarmac and a gravel track to international standards and improving the safety and welfare of drivers would be given priority.

“We hope to promote more one-make races of international level which would attract foreign participants to the country” said Hameem.


Newly elected officials of SLAS:

President: Ashhar Hameen
Vice Presidents: David Todd, Suminda de Silva
Secretary: Shehan de Tissera
Asst. Secretary: Rizvi Farouk
Treasurer: Upulwan Serasinghe
Asst. Treasurer: Col. Duminda Jayasinghe

Committee Members:
Dr. Sanjaya Sedara Senarath, Eranda Wakista, Yohan Lawrence, Safraz Junaid, Dhammika Pieris, Suranjith Premadasa, Dinesh Jayawardena, Jaliya Jayasekera, Pubudu Wickrama, Kamil

Hussain, TGN Gamini, Malaka Herath, Namaz Fawzy, Kalim Iqbal, Jayantha Fernando,

Janaka Dias, Ryan Grey and Abeeth Dangalla