Suranjith Premadasa returns best timing
Veteran driver Suranjith Premadasa showed that he has not lost his touch yet when he returned the best of the day at the 71st Citroen Auto finish Mahagastota Hill Climb held at Mahagastota on Sunday.

Though he had some problems in his first run of the Ford Formula Modified event which he timed 36.41 seconds he did a fantastic second to do a timing of 35.90 seconds pushing his arch rival Rohan de Silva who had a timing of 36.85 into second place.

Later in the day it was a battle between father Suranjith and son Aravinda who were battling for the best timing. Aravinda driving a Mitsubishi Evo 6 with a timing of 36.78 in the SL A Cars over 1600cc upto 3500cc event was close on the heels of his father, but he had to run his second run twice due to technical failures of the timing device which let off the rhythm of his run and timed 37.90 seconds which was behind Suranjith's time.

Aravinda with his two timings broke his own record of 46.29 seconds set in 1999. In fact the second and third placed drivers of this event Nalin D. Perera in his powerful Mitsubishi Lancer with a time of 37.84 and Rizvi Farook in his Honda V-Tec with a timing of 39.69 seconds broke the existing record in this event.

Earlier in the day Rajeeva Abeywardena in the Mini One Moke event broke a record along with Madushan Manapperuma in the SL S Specials and Proto Types upto 1600cc event. Rajeeva broke the existing record of 48.64 seconds with a timing of 47.81 seconds while Madushan set a record timing of 40.32 seconds which stood at 40.42 seconds.

The top riders to win their events were Rohana Jayaratne in his Honda CR125 taking the 125cc event. Shafraz Junaid in his Honda CR250 winning the Over 125cc upto 250cc event and followed with another first in the Over 350cc event.

In the motor car events Janaka Palliyaguru, Dhammika Peiris, Sheran Fernando, Rameez Mahmoor and Nishan Weerasooriya won their respective events while veteran Rohan de Silva made amends when he won the Ford Formula Standard.

The event that began on schedule was delayed on several occasions due to the timing device giving away with most of the competitors having to run over and over again and they were unable to be timed at the finish which put them into inconvenience, with the result the events dragged on till almost 5.30 in the evening.


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