Motor racers gear for longest Speed Hill Climb | Sunday Observer

Motor racers gear for longest Speed Hill Climb

4 April, 2021

Deputy Chief of Staff Major General )Chairman of Army Motor Sports Committee) Wasantha Madola (centre) receiving the sponsorship from Chief Marketing Officer Hutch Telecommunication Lanka Ltd. Ramzeena Morseth Lye. Also in the picture is Secretary of the Army Motor Sports Committee Brigadier Indu Samarakoon. (Picture by Rukmal Gamage)

Motor Racing in Sri Lanka is gearing up again for the Kukuleganga Speed Hill Climb organized by the Army on April 10 and 11 in conjunction with the Motor Racing Association.

This will be the second major racing event to take place this year after the Eliyakanda Speed Hill Climb in February. Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva addressing the media via zoom said that the Army has played a vital role in promoting Motor Sports in Sri Lanka with the introduction of the Fox Hill Super Cross way back in 1992 and continued up to last year.

“With the Covid-19 pandemic gripping the country all sporting activities came to a standstill and now as the situation is gaining a substantial improvement the Sri Lanka Army Motor Racing Committee decided to conduct this event to serve the motor racing fraternity in a suitable manner.

“During the past year all motor racing drivers and riders were without any activity and they were eagerly waiting to be back on the track with their vehicles. I hope this event will pave the way for them to come up with their best on the track,” said General Shavendra Silva.

This was revealed to the media at a briefing held in Colombo chaired by the Chairman of Army Sports Committee Deputy Chief of Staff Major General Wasantha Madola.

Although, motor racing fans will not be permitted to witness the event from the track area, measures have been made to relay live telecast over Sirasa TV on Dialog Channel One according to Major Gen Madola.

This arrangement will be highly beneficial for racing fans to watch the day’s proceedings without being disappointed, he said.

Hutch Telecommunication Lanka limited will be the main sponsor while the co-sponsors are National Lotteries Board, National Savings Bank, Mobil, M3 and CEAT.

This will be the longest Hill Climb in Sri Lanka covering a distance of 900 metres and the drivers and riders will have to handle their vehicles in a disciplined manner to rise up to a height of 75 metres above sea level.

They will also have to face nine corners to add to the challenges with all leading drivers and riders willing to do their best to make this event an unforgettable one as this will be their longest Speed Hill Climb in Sri Lanka.

According to the Secretary of the Sri Lanka Army Motor Sports Committee Brigadier Indu Samarakoon already over 100 drivers and nearly 120 riders have entered and with the closing date fixed for April 5 more competitors will be accepted.

The organizers also have made arrangements to conduct a parade of cars over 25 years old inclusive of Mini cars to attract the attention of all motor sports fans and also give an opportunity to show the value of these old model cars that are still in fine fettle.

All top riders who set up course records in other Speed Hill Climbs will be looking forward to enter record books by setting up fastest times on the gruelling course where they will be competing for the first time. A total of 17 motorcycle events are scheduled to be run on day one while 21 car events are to be run on day two.