Sri Lanka’s top racing drivers and riders will vie for supremacy when the 10th Gajaba Supercross takes off at the grueling gravel track in Saliyapura Camp, Anuradhapura today. Among the top contenders in fray in the Super Car event will be Ashan Silva, Dinesh Deheragoda, Aravinda Premadasa, Pasindu Peiris and Ranga Dias who won the Rotherham Circuit Meet in Katukurunda last month.
The participation of ace rider Gayan Sandaruwan is still at a doubtful stage as he is still yet to prove fit after a nasty injury sustained during the Gunners Supercross a month earlier.
This year 26 grueling racing events have been lined-up to thrill motor sport fans. Among them are 13 motorcar and jeep events and 13 motorbike events which will also see the participation of some foreign competitors. Four special events for riders who are under the age groups of under-10, 13 and 16 have been lined-up as 200 competitors vie for victory.
With the clear vision of raising funds for the benefit of families of the deceased and those who went missing from the Gajaba Regiment during the three-decade ethnic war.
The Gajaba Supercross was initiated in 1999 by Hans Ralf, the then president of Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Drivers and Major General G.A. Gunasekara who served as the Regimental Commandant during that period. The grand motor show ran continuously until 2007 before it was stopped briefly due to the intensity of the war. But in 2010, Gajaba Supercross was reinstalled and this year it celebrates its tenth anniversary in grand style.