Dinesh Deheragoda, multiple Sri Lankan rally champion, is set to become Sri Lankas first international racing driver, with the announcement he will contest the Asia Cup rounds of the APRC.
At a gala unveiling EZY Racing launched the Mitsubishi EVO X that Deheragoda will pilot at rallies Malaysia, Japan, China and Thailand. The exclusive launch event was attended by APRC Coordinator Murray Brown and Shahid Mahmud, CEO of the Dubai-based Interactive Group, which is EZY Racing’s principal sponsor.
“Our vision was first to start local and then go on to become the very first Sri Lankan team to represent the country overseas in a FIA sanctioned event”, commented EZY Racing’s Shafraz Hamzadeen. “Today, we announce the beginning of our international journey in motor racing.”
Multiple national champion Dinesh Deheragoda has won over 272 podium finishes in an illustrious career spanning over 17 years, and has previously competed in three international rallies in privately entered cars. “I feel proud to be a part of a professional racing team. (The) car which is fully prepared and equipped to be competitive as it could possibly be. I believe that the car should perform well. I guess with a few outings I should be able to challenge (other other APRC competitors) and establish a strong presence in the future,” said Deheragoda.
And although EZY Racing will compete in the Asia Cup this year, team chief Hamzadeen explained there is a five year plan in place to build EZY Racing into a major force in APRC, with the intention to contest the full championship from 2015 onwards.
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- An updated version of Rally Guide 1 is available on the event website www.malaysianrally.com
- There has been a delay in the publication of final Supplementary Regulations. A draft copy is available on the website, providing you with the relevant information.
- An accommodation booking form for Grand Paragon Hotel (Rally HQ) is posted as well.
- Entry forms are also available, if you havent already entered. Entries close on 14 July. Fees are listed in RM but should be paid in USD – contact organizers or myself for details.
- As in previous years, team containers are expected to be onsite at Angsana SP on Saturday 9 August.
- I am arranging to have customs inspections completed before the containers are delivered. There is no need to teams to be on site for the inspections.
- As further information is available and confirmed, I will advise all concerned.
APRC Working Group Meeting
- The annual meeting of the APRC Working Group will be held on Monday 18 August at 8 am at Grand Paragon Hotel.
- All team managers, and representatives are invited to and welcome to this meeting to discuss issues regarding APRC. Details of meeting will be available on request.
- Before the meeting on Monday 18, it has been recommended that a series of informal “workshop” meetings be held with teams. A variety of topics will be up for discussion to assist the WG in planning the direction for the next years. These will be held around the Angsana SP, or Rally HQ, at times to suit all concerned.
- It is important that you as teams, as stakeholders in the APRC, are able to discuss any APRC issues with the executive and working group members. Your input is important, and we need to hear your views.
Plans are well underway for Rally Hokkaido. Supplementary Regulations are available on the event website www.rally-hokkaido.com
Change of Co-driver or Competitor
- Please be aware that it is a requirement under APRC regulations that all drivers, co-drivers and competitors are registered with the FIA. THIS IS IMPORTANT.
- Co-drivers CAN be changed before an event, but please ensure they are also registered. If any questions on this, please contact me directly.
- Similar for Competitors, except that a new competitor must register AND pay the required registration fee.
If you have any questions on any of the above, or if you have any problems accessing the event information, please make contact with me directly.