top at Katu with four timer
By M. Shamil Amit
Young Damien Goonetileke provided the thrills for the two wheeled
fans while Romani de Silva and Pradeep Jayawardena gave the four
wheeled fans their share in the SLARAR Katukurunda Motor Races held
at the Air Force race track in Katukurunda last Sunday. The main
feature of Damiens victory was that he won all his races in a Honda
125 putting riders with more powerful bikes in the shade.
It was sheer
skill riding by this youngster trailing behind the leaders but with
patience he gradually caught up and overtook them to win with ease.
Damien won the first race of the day which was for bikes upto 125cc.
The second and third events he won was for Bikes Upto 600cc 4 Stroke
Race 1 and 2. And completed his four timer winning the Open event
competing with bikes of 1000cc.
Romani de Silva
who has vast experience in the Ford Formula event made amends for
the loss of veteran Rohan de Silva to take the two events held in
this category. But in time to come they will have to wade off the
challenge of 18 year old Dejan de Zoysa who with his experience
in participating in these events will be driver to follow. He has
the potential of becoming a top driver. Pradeep Jayawardena coming
after a long period too showed that he has not lost his touch and
will be the main challenger to Dinesh Deheragoda. Of the two events
held for the Super Cars, Pradeep bagged one while the other was
won by Dinesh. Though losing the second race the effort put in by
Dinesh cannot be ignored. He started off in the back of the grid
been penalised for running without airflow restrictors at the trials.
The Mini Car
event was won by K. Parameswaran in the 998cc which was the second
event for the day. Hafiz Cader also in Austin Mini took event number
nine for cars upto 1050cc. Nishan Wasalathanthri won both the events
for cars over 12kg/hp on a Ford Laser. His second win was a well
contested event where he put his driving skills to real effect.
Zakie Ismail was another driver who won his event with ease winning
event number ten for cars 8-10 kg/hp.
Two other veterans
Bri Ponnambalam and Yoga Perera too won their respective events.
Bri winning the event for cars 6-8kg/hp while Mini specialist Yoga
winning the event for cars upto 1665cc. Yoga driving with perfection
in his Austin Mini had the other prominent drivers trailing behind
him. The most unfortunate driver was Upulwan Serasinghe who is nursing
an injury after a nasty road accident which nearly cost his life.
Driving a Ford Laser he had another narrow shave when his car overturned
at the goose bend of the track, he was lucky to escape without any
With the motor
racing season just begun the battle has begun between the main teams
consisting of Team Caltex, Mobil Autocolor and McFoil Team clashing
for honours. After round one Team Caltex lead with 16 comprising
of eight wins, five second places and three third placings. Mobil
Autocolor in second place with nine comprising of six wins one second
and two third and McFoil on seven with one win four seconds and
two third places.
captures Celltel top award
Celltel the Cellular Phone specialist made a magnificent contribution
towards the progress of golf with a lavish sponsorship of a competition
through the courtesy of Duminda Ratnayake their effervescent Chief
The Course played
true producing a crop of excellent returns when even Frank Weeraratne
our well preserved Senior shot a commendable 2 under par nett 69
and caused much jubilation at the award ceremony.
Satori Tanakura was outstanding with a well compiled nett 69
and coming behind him were Arjun Fernando on nett 70 and Steward
Ritchie on nett 71.
Min Kim was exceptional with a stunning nett 62 followed by
Jae IlKo on net 69 and S.V. Jayakody on 70.
Chubby Nigel Coomaraswamy came much alive oozing with excitement
telling the world the secrets of his success nett 61. It was a great
round devoid of aqua phobia, earth moving and visits to ponds. He
was an extremely popular winner. Sumedha Amerasinghe played a round
that was as good but unfortunately his back nine was not as good
as Coomaraswmy's. Amerasinghe a glutton for celebrating joined Coomaraswamy
in an elastic round of "have another". UL Srinivs Rao
came third with an excellent nett 62.
Noordeen Setwala hit the 300 yard mark to win the longest Drive
contest comfortably and Sumedha Amerasingthe settled closest to
the pin in the other contest to collect a special award.
As a Celltel Cellular user Nigel Coomarawwamy organized a special
award for himself for the lowest gross score. He relished the applause
he received even though the audience was sparse. Stewart Ritchie
struck a fine gross 73 to win a special award.
Celltel Ltd. the sponsors were absolutely gracious inviting
the Caddie class players to participate in a special category. It
gladdened the hearts of many of us to recognize an opportunity afforded
to these very talented guys. B.G Lalith Kumara was absolutely magnificent.
He blazed through the course with 5 stunning birdies and one hole-in-one
to capture an astounding Gross 64 and the admiration of all round
him. I hope the Golf Club and the Golf Union will now open their
misty eyes and afford these guys more opportunities to play competitive
The Award Ceremony was again an embarrassment to the Executive
Committee. One hundred and seventy five participated and near 350
were invited and only about 50 turned up to participate in the lavish
spread provided by Celltel.
were slipshod and what must have been most annoying and upsetting
was to find that over a dozen participants captured the food booths
and got loud in conversation disturbing the speeches even that of
the chief host Duminda Ratnayake. Absolutely disgusting to say the