Rain was on the cards but nothing came in between an exciting day of motor racing as Ashan Silva and Shanuka Sandaruwan took the centre-stage in the first edition of the Colombo Supercross held at the Naval Racing Track in Welisara. Ashan was adjudged best driver by miles but Shanuka’s courageous effort led him to his first championship award.
Shanuka’s elder brother Gayan Sandaruwan was restricted from participating due to an injury on his arm. Gayan has a total of nine championship awards, unmatched by any rider in the island.
Moreover, Ashan Silva continued to flourish, having won the championship award at Foxhill Supercross last month. He has been in blistering form after working with champion driver Dilantha Malagamuwa in the UAE. Yet again it was a walk in the part for the speedster who easily won two SL – GT Cars upto 3500cc events.
Shanuka Sandaruwan won the Group MX over 175cc upto 250cc(4T) and over 100cc upto 125cc(2T) event but Jin Liyanage restricted him from completing his hat-trick in the Group MX – OVER 175 CC UPTO 250CC (4T) & OVER 100CC UPTO 125CC (2T) Race 1.
The other competitors who bagged doubles were Kushan Peiris, Imal Manchanayake, Ajith Kumara and Manjula Wijesinghe.
Kushan Peiris won the Group SL N Standard Cars – Ford Laser/Mazda 1300cc) and Group SL H Cars upto 1618cc event. Like Ashan Silva, Kushan has been in good touch with consecutive doubles in recent events.
The SL A Mini 7 upto 1000cc and SL A Modified cars upto 1050cc events were secured by Ajith Kumara. Rider Imal Manchanayake succeeded in winning the Group SM – Super Motard 250cc upto 750cc (4T) and including 125cc upto 500cc (2T) Mono Twin Cylinder (Race 2) events.
Furthermore, a fired up Manjula Wijesinghe recorded wins in the SL H Subaru Legacy 2000cc and Group T and J Diesel Turbo upto 5500cc event.
Organised by the Sri Lanka Navy in alliance with Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR) and Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC), the first edition of Colombo Supercross attracted a massive crowd, unveiling the potential for large scale motorcross events in years to come.
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