Cavalry Supercross made a comeback to the Sri Lankan racing circuit after a lapse of a year on the 12th of June at the Cavalry Supercross race track in Panagolla, Iron Base camp, Kurunegala.
A brain child of Brig. Indunil Ranasinghe of the Sri Lanka Armoured Corps, Cavalry Supercross first graced the Sri Lankan motor sports circuits in the year 2010 and is primarily a fund raising project with a focus on providing improvements to welfare facilities that are made available for the immediate families of Officers and men killed or maimed in battle.
This year’s event saw 88 riders and 65 drivers racing in 24 events for honors. Apart from the household racing names of the country, Indian youngsters Karan Rahul Karie in MX Motorcycles Over 65cc upto 85cc (2T) – Under 13 Years category and Rugved Barguje in MX – Racing Motocross Bikes Over 175 cc Upto 250 cc (4T) and Over 100 cc Upto 125 cc (2T) category were the non-nationals taking part while Shehara Jayawardena was the only female to take part in the competition.
Ishan Dassanayake was adjudged the Cavalry Super cross Champion rider 2016 and Ushan Perera the Champion Driver 2016. It was the first time both of them won this title at Pangolla.
Ishan who is enjoying a purple patch having won 3 consecutive championship titles in concluded races this year clinched Racing Motocross bikes over 175cc up to 250cc (both events) and Racing Motocross bikes over 100cc up to 125cc with ease while Ushan was victorious at SL GT cars up to 3500cc (both events) commonly known as the super car event.
Imal Manchanayaka and Evon Gurusinghe impressed with convincing victories in Super Mortard 250cc to 750cc and Standard/modified 175cc to 200cc events respectively. Gayan Sadaruwan – The veteran rider, who was the inaugural Cavalry super cross champion rider, and Shehan Adikari, who became the champion rider at the last edition in 2014, were notable absentees due to injuries sustained before the event.
Cavalry Supercross was also the first meet of the four legged CEAT super series which will include 02 tarmac races at Pannala and the brand race track that is built at the Uva Kuda Oya Commando training camp.