Any reservations about the CEAT Racing Team’s aspirations for 2016 and its ability to achieve them were emphatically displayed on the Foxhill track last weekend when the team grabbed three of the top four championship awards and posted 18 podium finishes.
In possibly the best performance at a single race meet to date, the CEAT Racing Team’s Pasindu Peiris was adjudged champion driver. Peiris and team-mate Gayantha Rangana were declared Car Team champions and Evon Gurusinghe and Deshan Solanki took the trophy for Bike Team champions.
In all, the CEAT Racing Team achieved nine first places, four second places, two third places and three fifth places at Foxhill on 24th April, setting the Diyatalawa track alight with a masterful display of racing.
“We could not have asked for more from the team,” CEAT Sri Lanka Vice President Sales & Marketing Ravi Dadlani said. “The team’s performance at Foxhill was a perfect example of how great skill and good teamwork can be enhanced by passionate corporate support to create a winning combination.”
The CEAT Racing Team members that achieved first places at the events for cars were Pasindu Peiris with two wins and Gayantha Rangana, Upulwan Serasinghe, Janaka Dias and Mallika Kuruvitarachchi. In the events for bikes, Evon Gurusinghe and Deshan Solanki won two races and one race respectively.
The CEAT Racing Team for 2016 comprises stalwarts Upulwan Serasinghe, Janaka Dias, Pasindu Peiris, Lalin Kirinda, Prasanna de Alwis, Lt. Colonel Duminda Jayasinghe, Lt. Colonel Indu Samarakoon and Ushan Perera and newcomers Malika Kuruvitarachchi, Gayantha Rangana, Devin Serasinghe, Evon B. Gurusinghe and Deshan Solanki.
The team will race under CEAT colours at the five race meets conducted by the Sri Lanka Auto-sports Drivers Association (SLADA) for the 2016 CEAT SLADA Championship. The five race meets are the Katukurunda Circuit Meet I (20th March), the Foxhill Super Cross (24th April), Sigiriya Rally Cross (5th June), Gunners Super Cross (10th July) and Rotherham Circuit Meet II (23rd October).
The CEAT Racing Team won the Team Championship for Cars for a second successive year in 2015 with a total of 61 podium finishes, accounting for the one two top laurels at the CEAT SLADA Championship awards of last year.
Besides its sponsorship of the CEAT SLADA Championship CEAT supports the race meets conducted by the Sri Lanka Army and the Sri Lanka Air Force, as well as the sport’s governing body Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS). As part of its partnership with SLAS, CEAT Kelani Holdings is the principal sponsor of all Ford Laser/Mazda 1300cc and 1500cc and Nissan March 1000 cc ‘one-make’ racing events conducted during the year.