Colombo Supercross 2018, the motor sports event organized by the Sri Lanka Navy (SLN) partnering with the Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR), is scheduled to be flagged off on 24 June 2018 at the motocross and gravel racing track in Welisara.
Addressing the media personnel representing the respective media institutions present at the Naval Headquarters for the media briefing held yesterday (12 June) with regard to the event, the Chief of Staff of the Navy and Chairman of Colombo Supercross 2018, Rear Admiral Neil Rosayro said that the previous year’s event had been a roaring success, offering the riders and drivers a challenging opportunity to hone their skills. Further, he indicated that a large number of champion riders and drivers including ones from the tri-services are expected to take part in the forthcoming event making it one of the flagship events in SLN sporting calendar.
The Director Sports of the Sri Lanka Navy, Commodore Lasantha Gamage, Chairman Motor Sports of Sri Lanka Navy, Commodore Sunanda Kaluarachchi, Race Coordinator and SLN riding coach, Mr. Gayan Sandaruwan, President of SLARDAR, Mr. MK Hussen and Race Director, Mr. Kiyaz Deen were also present on this occasion.
A total of 11 motorcycle and 14 motorcar events with the participation of over 120 riders and 110 drivers are expected to race their engines to unleash their skills on the gravel racing circuit at Welisara on 24 June.
The Welisara motor bike track is 1.8 km in length with jumps and bends including the longest jump in Sri Lanka in comparison to other tracks in the country. The topography of the terrain provides excellent viewing angles to the avid fans of motor sports enabling them to catch the sight of champion riders and drivers from a higher ground level. Further, a thrilling motor sport experience is rest-assured for both contestants and fans what they can experience nowhere else in the county. The elevated platforms on either side of the track can accommodate over 10,000 spectators with ease.
The sponsors for this year’s event being Shell Lubricants Distributors, CEAT Marketing (Pvt) Ltd, Stafford Motor Co (Pvt) Ltd, LOLC General Insurance Ltd, Hutch (Pvt) Ltd, Elephant House, Causeway Paints Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, LR Motors, Lakspray – Daily milk, and Nivasie Developers (Pvt) Ltd. Meanwhile the official media sponsor of the event is Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation and Channel Eye.
The expected returns generated through this event are to be channeled for the welfare of the families of naval war heroes perished in action and those who sustained injuries and got disabled during the period of hostilities.