Janaka Dias lights up Kandy’s ‘Speed at Night 2011’
Janaka Dias driving a ‘Subaru Impressa’ won the Super Cars event while Prabath Peiris took the plum for motor cycles by winning the Racing upto 125 cc at the inaugural ‘Speed at Night 2011’ night races organised by the Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Club and the Kandy Off Road and Adventure Club and worked off on the streets of Kandy City on Saturday with the final races run in the wee hours of last morning.
A big bouquet should go to the Kandy Off Road and Adventure Club and the Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Club for the untiring efforts to make this event a great success. A very large crowd turned up to witness this unique event. The streets and the spectator viewing areas were chock a block with hardly any space left. The Army and the Police did a fine job in the control of the large crowd.
There were a few mishaps when Pasindu Peiris driving a Honda EG drove into the sand bags at top speed and turned turtle in the middle of the road in the event for Modified cars upto 1600 cc. He escaped unhurt. Next Ashane de Silva behind a Mitsubishi Evo 3 hit the sand bags with power damaging his machine and had to withdraw from the race. There were several other mishaps, however no participant nor spectator was injured.Over 25 000 sand bags were used as a safety measure right along the track which was lit up with over 200 high voltage bulbs of 2000 watts each in addition to the normal lighting system.
Janaka Dias without any doubt was the star of the night and starting from a pole position he drove with vim and vigour to maintain his lead throughout with Pasindu Peiris finishing second and in third place was Rizvi Farouk in a Subaru Impressa.
A surprise winner was young old Trinitian Sachith Pathirana in the event for Modified Mini 7 upto 1000 cc when he out paced some of the top drivers in the event of the calibre of , Donald Buultjens, Hafiz Cader, Kandan Parameswaran, and K. Balasingham.
Standard upto 12 cc (4 T): 1. Dinuk Weerasinghe (Honda) 2. Chaminda Subhasinghe (Honda) 3. Jaden Gunawardena (TVS)
Standered upto 125 cc (2T): Prabath Peiris (Yamaha) 2. Srian Samuel (Yamaha).
Super Motard upto 250cc: 1. Sujith Karunasekera (Honda) 2. Thusitha Gunasekera (Kawasaki) 3. Indika Alahakoon (Yamaha).
Standard upto 250 cc (4T): Sriyan B. Samuel (Honda) 2. Ned Daniel (Honda) 3. Udesh Chathuranga (Honda).
Racing and Modified between 600cc to 1000 cc: 1. Sriyan R Samuel(Yamaha), 2. Krishan Dias (Yamaha) 3. P. Prasad Aluthge (Honda).
Super Motard upto 450 cc: 1. Suraj Perera (Honda), 2. Indika Jayasuriya (Yamaha), 3. Ramal Pathiratne (Yamaha).
Racing upto 125 cc: 1. Prabath Peiris (Yamaha) 2. Krishan Dias (Yamaha) 3. Udesh Wedisinghe (Honda)
Modified Mini upto 1000 cc: 1. Sachith Pathirana (Mini 7) 2. Lakmal Wijeratne (Mini 7) 3. Kandan Parameswaran (Mini 7)
McLarens Formula 1300 cc: 1. Rizvie Farouk (M/ Formula) 2. Shehan de Tissera (M/ Formula) 3. Tharindu Lokuge (M/ Formula)
Standard Mini upto 1000 cc: 1. Rizvi Hassan (Mini Minor) 2. Muditha Maddumarachchi (Austin Mini) 3. Ravi Rajakaruna (Morris Mini)
Nissan March upto 1000 cc Standard: 1. Dhammika Peris 2. Harsha Panduwawala. 3. Rohan de Silva.
Standard Ford Laser/ Mazda 1300 cc: 1. Dhammika Peiris (Laser) 2. Upulwan Serasinghe (Laser) 3. Prasanna de Alwis (Laser).
Ford Laser / Mazda upto 1500 cc: 1. Sujeewa Karawita (Sujeewa Special) 2. Upulwan Serasinghe (Laser), 3. Kaushal Samarasinghe (Laser)
Modified cars upto 1000 cc: 1. Mahen Madugalla (Austin Mini) 2. Hafiz Carder (Mini Cooper) 3. Ajith Keerthi (Petco Mini)
SLH Cars upto 1600 cc: 1. Sajjad Zuhair (Hinda), 2. Isharq Wahab (Honda). 3. Tharindu Lokuge (Honda)
SL- GT upto 3500 cc Super Cars: 1. Janaka N Dias (Subaru Impressa) 2. Pasindu Peiris (Mitsubishi EVO IX) 3. Rizvi Farouk (Subaru Impressa)
By U.J. Jezeem – Kandy Sports