The skills of rally drivers will be tested physically and mentally when they participate in the first ever rough terrain rally. The event, named as ‘Jeep Wrangler TSD Rally Championship, is to be held in three stages across tough terrains on the hills of central Sri Lanka.

The Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR) and Colombo Motor Sports Club (CMSC) have included this event in the Sri Lanka motor sports calendar.
The championship, which will be held in the form of three night rallies, has been scheduled to take place based on the following segments: SLARDAR 1000 which will cover approximately 1000 kms from the 19th to 21st of February, the first leg of the Colombo Rally Challenge which will cover approximately 400 kms and set to take place on the 18th and 19th June and the second leg of the Colombo Rally Challenge covering a distance of 400 kms which will take place on the 8th and 9th of October.

Rajeev Pandithage (left) handing over the sponsorship cheque to Nishan Wasalathanthri, (SLARDAR President)
Rajeev Pandithage (left) handing over the sponsorship cheque to Nishan Wasalathanthri, (SLARDAR President)

Entries of only 30 competitors will be accepted. Lady drivers are invited to send their applications for the competition.

“These Rallies are amongst the toughest and most gruelling motoring events to ever take place in Sri Lanka and this event will witness a coverage of around 1800 kms over an expanse of taxing roads and trails that would encompass passing through the misty hill country, elephant infested jungles and fast gravel roads setting for the drivers a test of an event to be involved in where both, man and machine would experience the ultimate testing ground in those forms,” said SLARDAR President Nishan Wasalathanthri.

“Jeep is proud to partner SLARDAR in the first ever Jeep Rally Championship 2016. We believe this gruelling event brings out the core values of Jeep and the passion behind off-road driving where man and the machine both will be tested,” said DIMO Chrysler Jeep Sales General Manager Rajeev Pandithage.

The “JEEP-WRANGLER” – SLARDAR 1000 Rally is scheduled to flag off from the DIMO 800 showroom at Grandpass and the first car to be flagged off will be at 7.02 p.m. They will run approximately 4½ hrs and will have a 1½ hour break in Kurunegala. From Kurunegala, they will run for 5 hours and finish in Kandy at 6 am.

The third stage will commence from Kandy at the KCC car park at 4 pm and will run for 4½ hours and finish in Kandy once again. The competitors will have a 2 hour break in Kandy and will commence the fourth stage to Ratnapura or Avissawella and will run for another 4½ hours.

The fifth and the last stage will start in either Avissawella or Ratnapura and finish at the DIMO 800 showroom by 7 a.m. on 21st February. The SLARDAR 1000 awards ceremony will take place by 11 am at the premises. The Championship Awards Ceremony will be held along with the Sri Lanka Super Series Awards night at the Eagles Lake Side in Ratmalana on November 26.