Bryan Perera emerged as the champion in the 2016 edition of Red Bull Kart Fight – Sri Lanka held at the Kanway Autodrome in Mirigama on July 9 and 10. Skilful Perera also carried away a whopping Rs. 200,000 prize money while first runner-up received Rs. 100,000 and third placed Isimal Fernando was presented Rs. 50,000.
When asked what his plans were with the prize money, the unassuming national champion Bryan Perera said that he was going to give it back to his parents because they have been spending so much on him!
“The qualifiers were challenging because I ran a wet lap. I never thought I’d make it through the rain, but luck was on my side. Once I made it through to the final race, luck stayed on my side when I was given the top of the grid. I knew if I kept my cool through those last three laps, I would win. And here I am. I can’t believe it – the whole experience was amazing, the organisers, the drivers and everyone involved,” quoted Perera.
After two editions in 2012 and 2015 respectively, Red Bull Kart Fight returned to Sri Lanka in 2016 as the only international pro-karting event of its kind.
Karters raced through a total of 44 rounds of qualifiers before Bryan Perera beat over 70 karters with a winning lap time of 27:959 seconds.
“Running the karts for two days in a row pushes not only the engines and the tarmac, but also the racers themselves. Once again, Red Bull has given avid Sri Lankan petrol heads an opportunity to test, hone and showcase the immense local racing talent our nation has to offer,” said Shane Gunawardena of Kanway Autodrome.
To catch up on all the action from the race weekend, visit the Red Bull Kart Fight Sri Lanka event page on Facebook or @redbull_sl on Instagram.