The Colombo Night Races and the Electric Peacock Festival are ready to set the streets of Colombo with an event this city has never seen before will be worked off on December 16 and 17 at the Galle Face Green and For t areas.
Both organisers have accepted the challenge to provide a weekend like never before, filled with fast cars and stellar music acts.
The big event will kick off with this years ‘Electric Peacock Festival’ which would be held on December 16 near the historic Galle Buck Lighthouse, Chaitiya Road in Colombo. The qualifying sessions for the race to determine the drivers star ting grid position will also be held here. After its success last year as the Sri Lanka’s first International music festival, exciting acts from UK and Sri Lanka with the main headliner, char t topping British electro act Chicane and BBC Radio 1 DJ Nihal and more acts to be announced over the coming weeks.
A night motor race in Colombo has been the dream of most motor spor ts fans in Sri Lanka and it has finally come to recognition with Carlton Spor ts and Tharunyata Hatek, conducted jointly by the two governing bodies, Sri Lanka Automobile Spor ts Association and the Federation of Motorcycle Spor ts in Sri Lanka along with all member racing Clubs; and the Red Cherry Enter tainment joining to organize the event.
Sri Lankan drivers along with a number of International teams who have accepted the invitation to par ticipate will be taking par t in the Colombo Night Race on December 17. The races on newly laid road sur faces are expected to showcase exotics including the Lamborghini Diablo, Mosler MT900, Aston Mar tin, and Porsche 911 Carreras, including the Subaru Impreza STI, Mitsubishi Evolution, Ford Laser, Nissan March, Honda Civic SIR and the world famous Morris Mini Minor and Formula Ford and many other famous race cars presently run locally.
While the races take place on the main circuit, the Red Cherry Event management company will host series of enter tainment events throughout the evening of December 17. Side walks, car parks and alleyways will all be converted in to enter tainment zones; from par ties featuring per formances by renowned international artists- curated by entertainment par tner Electric Peacock Festival, gaming zones with mini quad bike tracks, bmx’ing rings, skateboards ramps and specially designed dance floors on Colombo’s high street. The Director of Red Cherry, Rishini Weeraratne said that ‘this event will undoubtedly be the first of its kind in Sri Lanka. With CSN, the country’s premier spor ts network being the main force behind this event, Colombo is undoubtedly in for a treat like no other. A very excited weekend indeed”
Richard De Zoysa, Senior Member of the Organising Committee, said, “Our objective is to bring an event to Colombo that will attract local and international attention, highlighting the many great facets of this city, its beautiful surroundings, its great road system and its tourist product potential. Fur thermore, the Colombo Night Races are looking to bring to light the active and fanatic Motor racing scene in Sri Lanka, and give these talented competitors their much deserved limelight.”
Electric Peacock Festival CoFounder Leah Bazalgette said, “We are once again excited to bring Sri Lanka our unique festival concept and this year we are taking it a step up with live ar t installations, theatrical performers, and of course some of the foremost names in music.” Co-founder Tasha Marikkar went on to add, “Our lineup on Friday jam packed with many international acts so keep your eyes fixed to our website for more updates. We believe in life changing music experiences, so it is fantastic to be invited to collaborate with the Colombo Night Races and give the city an unforgettable weekend this December”.
By Ali Akbar Roshanali
Colombo Night Races set to blaze streets on Dec 16, 17
The busy streets of Colombo that sleeps at nights will be invaded by mean machines on December 16 and 17 after sunset. All plans have been placed to conduct the inaugural Colombo Night Races which will take motor racing in Sri Lanka to another level. The races will take place in the central area Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, which is the busiest town in the country day or night.
The races will see both cars and motorbikes line up in different categories on a circuit that is drawn out from Colombo streets. Ten car events and seven bikes events are on cards according to the organizers of the event. The main race day will be December 17 where the drivers and riders compete following the qualifying races on December 16.
“Night racing was a dream of motor racing fans and competitors and today it has come to a point where almost everything is a possibility. We initially planned on nine races but decided on ten including an international event. The Colombo Night Races will surely help Sri Lanka motor racing reach the level it is longing for,” said Rizvi Farouk, the president of SLAS.
The races will be conducted on the streets that will be totally re-laid especially for the event. Different races will be held for Minis, Fords, Mazdas, Honda Civics in addition to Super Cars and Formula Fords. The main feature of the event will be the combined race for GT3 and GT4 cars where top international competitors drive featuring exotic racing machines.
“Sri Lankan fans will get the opportunity of seeing Aston Martins, Porsches, BMWs, Moslers, Lamborghinis and other racing cars competing on home soil. There is also a possibility of seeing Sri Lanka’s only international driver, Dilantha Malagamuwa taking part in his new Lamborghini. But we have a challenge to lay a clean and flat track for that race because the ground clearance of those cars is very low. We are working on it with extra attention,” added Farouk.
The race circuit sets off opposite Galadari Hotel on Lotus Road and run towards Fort and will take a left turn towards Chatham Street. The drivers will take a right turn to Duke Street which runs towards Main Street opposite Gaffoor Building. Then they will turn left on Sir Baron Jayathilaka Mawatha and run past the Cargills Building on York Street. The route will then take a right turn to Bank of Ceylon Mawatha and towards Ceylon Continental Hotel and turn left towards the roundabout opposite Galadari Hotel where the lap will be completed.
Richard de Zoysa, senior member of the organizing committee, speaking at a press conference held in Colombo last Tuesday (1st) said the objective of this event is to promote tourism. “Our objective is to bring an event to Colombo that will attract local and international attention, highlighting the many great facets of this city, its beautiful surroundings, its great road system and its tourist potential,” de Zoysa said.
The races will be conducted by Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS) and Federation of Motorcycle Sports in Sri Lanka (FMSSL). Carlton Sports and Tharunyata Hetak are the chief organizers of the entire event where Red Cherry Entertainment will also play a major role. Concurrently to the races the second Electric Peacock Festival 2011, a musical extravaganza that features foreign and local artists will be held on both days. The organizers expressed their confidence in the joint effort where sports and entertainment will take the centre stage.