One of the best views one can get from the stands, a challenging track and the participation of the cream of motor car and motorcycle drivers and riders, make the Walawa SuperCross one of the looked forward to races in the motor sport calendar.
The races are once again organized by Army’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineers together with the Motor Cycle Club for the sixth consecutive year. There is already a rich history behind this sporting event with champion drivers like Upulwan Serasinghe and Ashan Silva and motorcycle riders in the likes of Gayan Sandaruwan having exhibited their skills on this track.
The Walawa SuperCross was commenced in 2011 with a good cause in mind. The races were organized with the motive of using the monies raised at the event to support the welfare of soldiers attached to the Army’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineers who were disabled during the war, the families whose breadwinner died during the war while serving this regiment and for the development work of this regiment.
The Walawa Super- Cross was initiated when the Army’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineers was headed by Major General Lalith Wijetunga.
The names of Major General Ravi Mayadunne, Lieutenant Colonel Indu Samarakoon, Lieutenant Colonel Duminda Jayasinghe along with motor racing experts Sanjeewa de Mel and Indika Gurusinghe are associated with the inaugural races which were held on
November 20, 2011.
The races have been held continuously since then and several efforts have been taken to improve the track and the facilities for participants and spectators.
The racing track is situated close to the Udawalawe National Park in Sevanagala, in Embilipitiya. The viewing area is quite spacious and the 2013 edition of the Walawa Supercross attracted 30,000 spectators. Another positive feature about the track is that it has been built in such a manner that spectators can witness an entire race without their vision being obstructed. As many as 50,000 spectators are expected to witness the races this time.
This edition of the races is organized under the leadership of Brigadier Ranula Rajakaruna who heads the Army’s Electrical and Mechanical Engineers as director.
This year, too, spectators who come in their numbers for the races are assured of taking fond memories home.
It will be all systems go!
It will be all systems go at the Walawa Supercross 2016 which will be held at Sevanagala in the Ratnapura District. As many as 125 competitors will be seen on action.
The event is organized by the Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Motor Cycle Club.
There will be as many as 24 racing events from which the winners will be decided of which 12 events will be for cars and the balance for motor cycles. The list of events is as follows: