AMRC Championship round IV on July 1
The round four of Asian Motor Racing Club’s organized Speed Championship 2012 for Ford Formula (Pre 85), Ford Formula (Post 85) and McLarens Alto K10 events are scheduled for July 7 at the Pannala Circuit. The races are to commence at 9.00.am.
Tharindu Gamage is the current leader in the Formula McLarens 1300cc class with a tally of 45 points. He has competed in the first race and collected the maximum of 20 points and a further 25 points collected from the other two events conducted by Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Club at the same venue. Tharindu’s closest rival at present is Zakir Wahab who has gained 32 points from three outings – 18 points coming from the AMRC Championship race One where he was placed second behind the leader.
With a lead of 13 points Tharindu will have to extend his lead further while the runner-up Zakir has to work hard to get closer to the front runner. Zakir too has driven firmly on this track to be placed second only to Tharindu. If everything goes well for these two young drivers a keen tussle can be witnessed.
All these drivers are the future prospects for Formula driving who have made their way to the scene from the Speed Drome Go Karting and Pro Karting.
The Ford Formula Post 85 event is a competition battled between veterans and the young drivers who have come a long way to compete in this class of racing. Ashan Silva though he leads the points table in this class overall with a total of 28 point he is challenged by Dinesh Jayawardene and Safraz Junaid who has made a name in almost all categories.
Young Rikaz Khalid another driver who happens to be the youngest to compete in this class will try his best to challenge the seniors till the end. The other drivers who can be classified as veterans are Rohan de Silva, Dinesh Jayawardene, Dinesh Dodanwala and Shirendra Lawrence. Althoughthey are not in top positions at this stage they are capable of making a strong bid to challenge the top order for a change in the standings. All these drivers are capable of making good use of their experience to the maximum for this purpose.
The battle will rage with Ashan Silva trying to go past Dinesh Jayawardene who is the king in the AMRC Championship and also the driver who can pose the biggest threat to the overall leader. But in the AMRC Championship race organized by AMRC it was Dinesh Jayawardene who stole the limelight defeating Ashan to second slot. With these two in fighting position in the race the spectators are assured of top racing fare during this event.
The Ford Formula Pre 85 will see another good competition as the two leaders in this class Viren Boteju and Kaushal Samarasinghe are separated by the smallest margin of two points, while the driver placed in third slot is S. A. Harsha. Though Viren Boteju takes the main spot in the standings it was Harsha who came up with fine driving to beat Viren in the previous meeting of AMRC championship 2012. Viren has got to the top due to his other performances in the same category events organized by the SLMCC.
In fact Harsha has won two races this season and failed to finish one race due to technical problems if not he could have reached top in this championship. With the situation standing at the present level it is certain that Harsha will go all out to out drive Viren and Kaushal to reach top place for this class.
The organizers expect the weather gods to be kind and present them with abright and sunny day for the competitors and spectators alike.