Racing STARS crowned at CEAT SLARDAR Awards Night
The riders and drivers who entertained crowds during the 2012 Sri
Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR) racing season
were rewarded at a colourful gala event, the CEAT-SLARDAR Championship
Awards Night on Saturday night.
CEAT SLARDAR 2012 Championship winners Gayan Sandaruwan,
Jacques Gunawardena, Dinesh Deheregoda and Ashan with
Commander of the Army, Lt. General Jagath Jayasuriya, Air
Vice Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala, CEAT Kelani MD/CEO Tanmay
Agarwal and SLARDAR President Mahesh Gammampila. Picture by
In honour of their classic performances during the season, the four
most prestigious championship awards were presented to drivers Dinesh
Deheregoda, Ashan Silva and to riders Gayan Sandaruwan and Jacques
Deheragoda won his fifth SLARDAR SLGT Super Car championship and
Ashan Silva also secured his crown in the SL H 1600 category with a
convincing lead over his fellow competitors.
Sri Lanka’s most recognized motocross rider Gayan Sandaruwan (MX
Racing up to 250cc) secured the top slot in the points table of his
category and regained his SLARDAR Championship crown affter missing the
award in the previous year to India’s K P Aravindh.
The promising youngster, 13 year old Jacques Gunawardena (MX Racing
up to 85cc) became the under 16 champion. A notable award winner at the
2012 gala, Upulwan Serasinghe won both SL-N Ford Laser/Mazda up to
1500cc and 1300cc awards, the later for the fourth consecutive year. He
and his Team Daredevil partner Ashan Silva teamed up together to bagged
the inaugural Team Championship Award too.
The event was supported by title sponsor of the SLARDAR and tyre
maker CEAT Kelani Holdings, for the third consecutive year.
CEAT SLARDAR 1000 Rally 2012 winners Samin Attanayake and Co Driver
Rahal Uduwita were also recognized for their performance.
A total of 19 awards were on offer for the winning riders and drivers
at race meets conducted throughout the year by the SLARDAR.
Winners of supporting events:
Lahiru Jeewantha, Suraj Perera, Udika Srimal Malavige, Shavindu
Shenal, Hasindu De S. Gunasekera, Binula Kithalagama, M.G.S. Sampath
Kumara, Shehan C. Adhikari, Upulwan Serasinghe (two awards), Harsha
Panduwawela, Shashika Lakmal Wijayarathne and Dinesh Senanayake.