racing gather momentum
By M. Shamil Amit
The MRA Red Bull Drag 2005 event concluded at the Katukurunda Air
Strip saw some emerging drivers and riders who could make their
mark in time to come. The event specially conducted for those who
have regular weekend street racing which the Police say is illegal
came to an end with immense success.
This being the third drag racing event held in Colombo and the second
at Katukurunda was for the first time held under rules and regulations
set by the organizers. Though in some events the participation was
limited to just two cars, it did not dampen the interest of the
races run over a distance of 400metres and fought out by two at
a time. The first competitor to cross the finish line was the winner.
If there are more than three in an event the winner is compelled
to have run visa versa to become the champion. In case there is
only two for an event the winner is decided after three contests.
scheduled 19 events, 17 motor cars and two motorcycles to be held
for the day were delayed due to a shower with the meet being held
only at 10.00 a.m. from the scheduled 9.00 a.m. Most of the cars
seen at the usual popular racing meets were seen.
Mini. Nissan March, Ford Laser/Mazda, Diesel Jeeps, BMW, Mitsubishi
Evo's and many more were there but the only difference was it was
fought out by two competitors. The thrills and spills were there
too with some of the events ending in photo finishes and had to
be re run.
Deheragoda as usual won his event but not in his pet Super car event
it was for SLN Cars upto 1050 in a new model named Perodua Kelisa
a newly produced car from Malaysia. Zakie Ismail piped his opponent
at the post in the Group Drag upto 3500cc event.
the new drivers Dilan Seneviratne was most impressing as he took
the Group SLN 8-10 kg/hp in style. He won all his rounds before
winning. Veteran Anthony Trenchell showed he too is good in the
sprint version when won the Group SLN T & J Diesel upto 3000cc
Gunawardena completed a double when he took the Ford Laser/Mazda
and SLN upto 1400cc events. Others to win were Siddid Farook Shanthilal
Abeyratne another veteran driver, W.M.K. Wickramasinghe, S.A. NIshani,
Dulith Senanayake, Tharindu Lokuge, Sacha Peiris, Indu Samarakoon,
Tharindu Meepagama and Sarath Pathirage.
cycles were given a chance to show their class which was won by
Yehan Kodikara while the only other motorcycle event for STD Motorcycles
4 Stroke up 250cc was won by Priyankara Fernando which incidentally
had the most number of competitors of ten riders for the day.