will take you to the edge of your seat
Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) will conduct an autocross event
at the Waters Edge track next Saturday (20th May).
Autocross is an entry-level motor sport event where competitors
are given a single attempt at a course set over rough but completely
traversable gravel terrain. The time is recorded for each competitor,
and the class is won by the competitor with the lowest time.
The course is usually marked out with a series of wooden posts and
plastic tape, and the competitor is required to navigate the course
without breaking the tapes or knocking down the posts. Where this
does happen, a time penalty is added to the time recorded. If the
competitor leaves the circuit, he (or she) must re-enter the circuit
from the same location.
The beauty of an autocross is that vehicles do not require any special
preparation. The risk of “contact” is minimal as vehicles
take part one at a time, and therefore accidents are rare. Competing
against the clock takes a particular skill as unlike mass-start
events, the driver has no idea of how well he (or she) has done
until all competitors have completed their run. Vehicles are classed
by engine power and weight, most cars are quite competitive in their
own class. Classes for the event are set out by the governing body
for the sport, and will include classes for Jeeps, Double Cabs and
other similar 4 wheel drive vehicles. These vehicles will be particularly
suited to the terrain.
The event will take place in the grounds of Waters Edge, which has
an excellent range of facilities for this type of event. Waters
Edge has hosted a series of 4WD events that has attracted very large
crowds. Already, most of the leading drivers in the Country have
entered the Redbull CMSC Autocross. To name some of them, Dinesh
Senanayake, Nishan Weerasooriya, and Dinesh Deheragoda will be competing
for top honours, and probably looking to record the fastest timing
for the day. It is probable that the dice between Arawinda Premadasa
and Dinesh Deheragoda will be seen again at this event. Overall,
the CMSC is confident of attracting close to 100 competitors for
Entries for the event are available at the Club Office, at Jinasena
Ltd, No 4 Hunupitiya Road, Colombo 02. Entries are limited, and
will be taken on a “first come first served” basis.
The principal sponsor of the event is Red Bull, the energy drink
that is taking Sri Lanka by storm.