The first round of the highly
competitive BGRC Karting Championship 2017 was held at the Sri Lanka Karting
Circuit (SLKC) in Bandaragama recently.
The highly anticipated invitation event was organized by the
Bandaragama Go-kart Racing Club
The race-day saw young stars
competing for honours under seven categories, namely Class Novices A, B and C,
Ladies Open, Class Senior D, E and F.
Anish Ryan Ranasinghe grabbed
honours in the first event of the day, the Novices `A` class, and Avishka
Premadasa and Linal Goonetilleke also reached the podium, placed second and
The Novices Class `B` event saw
Harendra Karunaratne on top of the podium after a tense battle.
Chavindu Lavan Kodagoda and Asanka
Rathnapriya Soysa came second and third respectively.
Novices Class `C` saw Shehan
Charith de Alwis cruising towards the victory while Heshan Lasith Kulatunga
settled in for a second place finish ahead of Roncalli Kanishka Rambukwella who
Ashvitha Wickrama enjoyed
victories in two events during the first leg of the championship.
First, she maneuvered her self in an
impressive manner to win the Class Senior `D` category ahead of Saurika Livindu
and Vinusha Sanjula Periyapperuma who finished second and third. Later, in the
Ladies Open, Ashvitha took total control of the race to cruise to victory ahead
of Maryse Navaratne and Sahandee Meegama who booked the remaining two spots on
Shayamal Mendis won the Senior
`E` Class race while Angelo Senaratne and Shakthi Anuradha Gunasekara finished
second and third respectively.
Later, Ranjaya Dissanayake proved
to be too fast for seasoned campaigners Bhagya Senaratne and Ryan de Bruin who
finished second and third behind himin the Senior Class F.