Sappers 4x4 Off Road Challenge at Embilipitiya
Drivers will have to take their off roaders through the rough and
uneven terrain of Thunkama overcoming the great obstacles to reach the
winning post at the Sappers 4 x 4 Off Road Challenge on August 14 at the
Sri Lanka School of Military Engineers ( SLSME) track in Thunkama,
Sri Lanka Army Engineering Corps (Sappers) in association with the
Four Wheel Drive Club (FWDC) have organized the inaugural event which
has been named as Gympo, to raise funds for the welfare programs of the
fallen war heroes families and disabled Army Engineering Corps
The track , which is a combination of Army Engineering expertise and
technical advice of the FWDC creates an ideal location for off road
drivers and enthusiasts as well to experience a thrilling event in the
picturesque landscape of Sabaragamuwa with the Chandrika Wewa in the
The two lane track in the shape of number eight cross at the center
over a military style bridge with tracks that will only accommodate the
tyre width of the vehicles is a key feature.
Then the drivers find the increasing difficulty through V grooved
trails , sand pits, rock climbing, water crossing and a barrel barge
transfer which will definitely test their off road challenge at extreme
level. One of the three categories, the Sport Utility Vehicle Class
(SUV) is restricted to the main track while the Standard Category off
roaders will run along the eight track and two non winching special
stages (SS) .
The Extreme Class will have to take all six SS which one could hardly
imagine. According to organizers there is room for more than 10,000
spectators to witness the action in a track which meets the
The Army Field Engineers have contributed their service in the war
time by clearing land mines, booby traps and improvised explosive
devices and also they are involved in sapping and building bridges and
culverts to create a safe passage for people.
They have also rendered their service to construct speed tracks ,
Foxhill- Diyatalawa, Gunners-Minneriya, Cavalry-Ibbagamuwa, Gajaba-
Saliyapura which is a testimony of their keen interest in the field of
sport as well.
The Sappers 4 x 4 Gympo is powered by Sewdish Trading Ltd and co
sponsored by VVK Enterprises, CEAT Sri Lanka, Asia Pasific Breweries
Elephant House and Ceylon Agro Industries.