Upulwan Serasinghe, Sri Lanka's top racing driver with more than 15 years experience entered the motor racing arena in 1995, driving a Toyota starlet at the 'Pannala Auto Cross' winning the 3rd place. That was the beginning to Upulwan's drive in motor racing and thereafter nothing could put a stop to Serasinghe's flair for participating in the motor races that followed, eventually making motor racing a passion for life.
In an interview with 'Sunday Times' he recalled as to how he challenged his school mate at D.S Senanayake Vidyalaya in a road race and this was the beginning to his hobby of motor racing.
Upulwan received his primary education at Veluwana Vidyalaya and secondary education at D.S Senanayake Vidyalaya.
After he left school started his own business while he continued his hobby of motor racing for leisure and satisfaction. He became the fastest novice's driver in 1995 and won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in 'Foxhill Motor Cross' races.
Briefing his recent races he said that he participated in 'Calvary Supercross' in Kurunegala and at present he is leading in all motor car racing championships. He has won team championships, and currently is leading in another championship with Dinesh Deheragoda's team dare devils. He is in the 2nd place with Ashan de Silva.
There are seven races in a year and most of them are organized by Sri Lanka Army and Sri Lanka Air Force. Four of these races have already concluded.
The 2012 race season began with Team NGK DSL joining hands with more qualified and high performance drivers with proven records in the race tracks. The team DSL comprises of Upulwan Serasinghe, Janaka Dias, Lakmal Wijayarathne, Ajith Keerthi and Lalin Kirinda.
Speaking to 'Sunday Times' Upulwan said that the market leaders in imported tyres, batteries & auto parts in Sri Lanka, Douglas and Sons Ltd. (DSL) has stepped into provide sponsorship for him during this year too. DSL continues its sponsorship with the world's number one spark plug brand, NGK. NGK Spark Plugs play a significant role in saving fuel. He noted that NGK is a superior spark plug and it gives the much needed confidence for first class racing drivers.
DSL's Global brand battery is the best battery for motor racing he added as he paid tribute to DSL for supporting the sport. He also thanked the Chairman/Managing Director of Douglas & Sons (Pvt) Ltd, Mr. Saroj Perera for providing visionary leadership to his enterprise adding further that his leadership was a great source of strength to motor sports. Commenting further at the interview Serasinghe further stated that DSL's premier brands such as GT Radial tyre and Global and Incoe brand batteries are leading the market in their respective segments and are the best in their respective categories.
Upulwan Serasinghe with over 15 years experience is on the top slot in his class of racing SLN 1.3 and 1.5. while Lalin Kirinda has secured the 2nd position in the same category. He is a challenge to other drivers and also to Upulwan Serasinghe. Janaka Dias being the best among the best for the last five years has been a challenging driver in the SLGT and SLH races.
DSL from being the leader in auto-parts has found favour not only with Sri Lankan motorists, but has also become the choice of racing drivers in Sri Lanka allowing them to ignite with world's No.1 Spark Plug, NGK and experience the power with the consecutive champion GT CHAMPIRO ECO tyres and get powered with GLOBAL maintenance free batteries.
True to their tagline "We lead the way..." DSL has been consistent in brining home the best quality products that have been technically proven with modern technology. Having tremendously succeeded in the auto-parts business, DSL keeps a sharp eye in widening its horizons to become the best auto-parts distributor in the Asia pacific region serving motorists across the globe.
While motor sports is gaining increased popularity since recent time in Sri Lanka, DSL is proud about being a live wire in promoting capable youth to actively participate in the sport while offering to sponsor outstanding sportsman in the caliber of Upulwan Serasinghe.