For the first time a Formula One car will run on the streets of Sri Lanka with four times world champions Infiniti Red Bull Racing
The 2013 edition of the highly-anticipated Colombo Night Races, the premier event in Sri Lanka’s racing calendar, will take place on 15th December 2013 with the qualifying rounds to be held on 14th December 2013.
The Colombo Night Races 2013 is organised by the Carlton Motor Sports Club in conjunction with the Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC) and Sri Lanka Racing Riders Associations (SLRRA) and Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers & Riders (SLARDAR). This year the Colombo Night Race Team is proud to announce for the first time ever a Formula One car will be in Sri Lanka when Infiniti Red Bull Racing - four times Formula One Constructors' World Champions - will promise an unforgettable experience of speed and smoke as they thunder along the streets of Sri Lanka with Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo driving a RB9. On the 13th of December a demo run and a photo shoot will be organized in the heart of Galle leading to the event. Additional events set to take place include a classic car show by The Classic Car Club of Ceylon and a massive fireworks display.
This is the 3rd consecutive year that Colombo Night Races will be bringing high end motor racing to the streets of Colombo. The past 2 years have been a resounding success with a growth in competitor and spectator participation. Run on an extended 4.5km track, the 2012 races were of international standard and provided thrilling excitement to thousands of local spectators and foreign tourists who flocked to the event. The races allowed talented local drivers and riders to race against top international competition from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, India and Maldives.
Speaking about the latest Colombo Night Races President of Carlton Motor Sports Club Dinesh Jayawardana said, "Red Bull have been instrumental in working with us to bring the Colombo Night Races to the attention of the International motor sport scene and we are confident that this event will highlight the motor racing talent in Sri Lanka. This is a great opportunity for us to showcase to the world how well we can organize a large sporting event of this nature and thus further promote Sri Lanka’s sports tourism sector". He added that this year’s races will continue to raise the entertainment factor while attracting even larger audiences.
The Colombo Night Races 2013 is a tarmac road race meet which is inscribed in the National Calendar of Sri Lanka Automobile Sports for the year 2013. The races will see both motor cars and motorcycles line up in different categories on the circuit that is laid out on the streets of Fort in downtown Colombo and the Galle Face Green. Entries for both types were opened on 11th October and closed on 20th November 2013.
Christian Horner - Team Principal of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team said, “Its great news that we're bringing the Infiniti Red Bull Racing show car to Sri Lanka, which will be the first time an F1 car has ever run there. Red Bull is all about pushing the boundaries. Hopefully the fans will enjoy the special chance of hearing an F1 car close up, as well as seeing the smoke and smelling the burning rubber. The Colombo Night Races sounds like a fantastic event for Sri Lanka and one that demonstrates the enthusiasm there is for motorsport competition in the country”.
Entries for the motor cars were for the following classes - Formula McLarens 1300cc carbureted, Formula McLaren’s 4 1300cc EFI, SLAS Homologated Cars SL-H (Up to 1600 cc), SL-GT (Grand Touring Cars) up to 3500 cc and SL – S Specials up to 1500cc. Entries for the motor cycles were for Group Super motor Open and the over 250cc Open - 4 Stroke.
1. From left: Shehan De Tissera, President - Asian Motor Racing Club (AMRC), Rodney Mason, President - Sri Lanka Association of Racing Drivers and Riders (SLARDAR), Dinesh Jayawardana, President - Carlton Motor Sports Club, Wg. Cmdr Jailya Jayasekara (RETD), Secretary - Carlton Motor Sports Club, Tharindu Perera – Chief Safety Marshal, Upali Dassanayake, Chairman - Sri Lanka Racing Riders' Association (SLRRA)
2. Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo will be driving a RB9 at CNR 2013 edition
3. Colombo Night Races 2013 Track