A unique competition organized by the Colombo Motor Sports Club (CMSC) & the Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers & Riders (SLARDAR), Pannala auto drome came alive over the weekend with the novel aspect of night racing.

Tarmac racing is a vastly different form of racing to that of gravel racing which happens to be the most popular from of racing in the country. Sri Lanka has two sets tarmac tracks in Pannala and Katukurunda. CMSC along with SLARDAR presented the crowds that gathered at Pannala with a unique experience of witnessing races that spanned late into the night under lights.

Pic 01 pannalaThe motorcycle races were the first to be worked out as they needed to be completed before dark. In the Group M-std/Mod Super sports Motorcycles Open over 250cc (4T) event considered as the fastest motorcycle event on the track. Shiran Samuel was the race leader of the event having taken a good lead in the opening laps but was closely followed by Pramuka Sesath who was giving him a good fight. However half way into the race Samuel was seen struggling in the corners and Sesath managed to take the lead. Pramuka Sesath was placed first in his BMW SRR 1000cc and Samuel was overtaken by Lathika Shamal who finished second while Chaminda de Silva was placed third denying Samuel of a podium finish.

Pic 02 pannalaIn the Group SL Formula Mclarens 4 EFI 1300cc event which was a Bryan Perera was placed first with Chandima Gunaratne placed second while Andrew Choksy was placed third in the race. It was a special occasion for team Hellibees as all three drives with the podium finishes belonging to team Hellibees. Andrew Chocksy  was crowned as the 2017 F1 champion dethroning his team mate Chaminda Gunarathne who was the champion of 2016.

The event that arguably attracted the largest spectator attention, SL GT Cars up to 3500cc which is also considered as the fastest event on the track, was keenly fought between the current Sri Lankan race leader in both gravel and tarmac Ashan Silva and the Indian rally cross driver Gaurav Gill. Gaurav Gill is an Indian race car driver that competes in the Asia- Pacific Rally championship and became the first Indian driver to win the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 2013. pic 03 pannala

There was a keen contest amongst the two drivers from the onset of the race. With the two drivers driving neck to neck Ashan Silva managed to get in front of the Indian at the start of the second lap. Janaka Dias was involved in a nasty crash close to the start line at the very beginning of the race and had to retire from the competition. Silva showcased his brilliance stamping his authority as the race went by and built a commanding lead to get to the checkered flag ahead of the experienced Indian while Manish Goonethilake was placed third in the race.

Despite the overcast conditions and the occasional downpour that threatened to disrupt the prceedings the organizers of the event need to be commended on an event

Group SL F Formula McLarens Carburator 1300 CC

 – Finished

1Kushan PeirisFormula McLarens Carb.130010
2Randika NiroshanFormula McLarens Carb.13008
3Tharindu DharmarathnaFormula McLarens Carb.13006
4Kawindra SenevirathneFormula McLarens Carb.13000
5Duminda JayasingheFormula McLarens Carb.13000
6Prasanna De AlwisFormula McLarens Carb.13000
7Mahesh KodagodaFormula McLarens Carb.13000
8Romesh GunawardenaFormula McLarens Carb.13000
9Manura WanniatchiFormula McLarens Carb.13000
10Shenal GunawardanaFormula McLarens Carb.13000

GroupA Cars upto 1050 cc

 – Finished

1Michael WijesuriyaToyota Vitz105010
2Sithara PeirisVolkswagon Polo10508
3S MannapperumaToyota Vitz10506
4S A DumindaNissan March10500
5Satyan KochharToyota Vitz10500
6Sapna WeerasekaraNissan March10500
7Ajith KeerthiAuto Bacs Mini10500

GroupM Std Mod Motorcycles Over 175 CC Up to 250 CC 4T

 – Finished

1Lathika ShamalHonda CBR25010
2Sheron FernandoHonda CBR2508
3Heshan PasinduHonda CBR2506
4Mohamed ShazanHonda CBR2500
5Mangala PathirageHonda CBR2500
6Jagath FernandoHonda CBR2500
7Bernard David EllisHonda CBR2500

GroupM Std Mod Super Sports Motorcycles Open Over 250cc 4T Race 1

 – Finished

1Pramuka SesathBMW SRR100010
2Lathika ShamalHonda CBR6008
3Chaminda de SilvaHonda CBR6006
4Shriyantha AnuradhaYamaha R66000
5Lahiru RandeepSuzuki GSXR6000
6Shiran SamuelHonda CBR6000

GroupM STD MOD upto 125cc 2T

 – Finished

1Udana PereraYamaha TZR12510
2Mohamed ShazanYamaha Belgarda1258
3Ganeshan VijayakumarYamaha TZR1256
4Chathura MadushankaYamaha TZR1250
5H Hasitha PeirisYamaha TZR1250
6Dammika SenarathnaYamaha TZR1250
7Thuwan PrincyCagiva Mito1250

GroupO Standard Motorcycles upto 125 CC 4T Mono Cylinder

 – Finished

1Hansika AbeysingheHonda CBR12510
2Shiran SamuelHonda JX1258
3W A D ChandimalHonda JX1256
4Idunil WeerasingheHonda JX1250
5Prasanna NiroshanBajaj Discovery1250
6Dilum DisanayakeHonda JX1250
7M C S PereraHonda JX1250
8H P D K TharangaHonda JX1250
9W H Dilan RatnayakeHonda JX1250
10Nimudu LakmalHonda JX1250
11Dammika SenarathnaHonda JX1250
12R M N K RanathungaHonda JX1250

GroupO Std Motorcycles Over 125 CC Upto 160 CC 4T Mono Cylinder

 – Finished

1Hansika AbeysingheHonda CBR15010
2Vinula PathirageHonda CBR1508
3Mohamed ShazanHonda CBR1506
4Shushmi SolankiHonda CBR1500
5Nikila PathirageHonda CBR1500
6Idunil WeerasingheHonda CBR1500
7P SamarawickramaHonda CBR1500
8Ashen WickramarathneHonda CBR1500
9Shiran SamuelHonda CBR1250
10A G Isuru MadushanYamaha R1500

GroupS Cars Upto 1500 cc

 – Finished

1Zaakir WahabHonda Civic150010
2Gihan DheerasekaraHonda Civic15008
3Rangana BudawattaHonda EK15006
4Shehara JayawardanaHonda Civic EG315000
5Dilan SabarHonda E G 615000
6Kamil HussainHonda CRX15000
7Faham NaumanHonda Civic15000
8Sajaad ZuhairHonda Civic15000
9Madushan MannapperumaHonda Civic15000
10Prabath SenanayakeHonda City15000
11Thiwanka WijesekaraHonda Civic15000
12Subramaniam MHonda CRX15000

GroupSL A Mini7

 – Finished

1Ajith KeerthiAutobacs Mini100010
2Namal SilvaAustin Mini10008
3Suresh KumarAustin Mini 710006
4K ParameswaranAustin Mini10000
5W N S ThisseraAustin Mini10000
6Neel WeerasingheAutobacs Mini10000

GroupSL E cars NISSAN MARCH 1000CC

 – Finished

1Sapna WeerasekaraNissan March100010
2W A L L NaradaNissan March10008
3Binara PanduwawelaNissan March10006
4Manjula WijesingheNissan March10000
5Mihan PeirisNissan March10000
6Chanaka BeligollaNissan March10000
7S A LakshikaNissan March10000

GroupSL F Formula McLarens 4 EFI 1300 CC Race 1

 – Finished

1Bryan PereraFormula McLarens EFI130010
2Chandima GoonaratneFormula McLarens EFI13008
3Clement SenaratneFormula McLarens EFI13006