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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 Thilak Perera

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 Gunawardena.

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.



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