Power­boat­ing ac­tion next month in Ben­tota

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS -

The Lanka Power­boat As­so­ci­a­tion will un­veil a unique, ac­tion packed power­boat week­end sched­ule for both For­mula 2 (Su­per Cat) and P750/Thun­der­cat power­boats in Ben­tota on Novem­ber 11 and 12.

The In­ter­na­tional Power­boat Cham­pi­onship will be a bi-an­nual event with two classes of power­boat in­volved: F2 power­boats and P750 / Thun­der­cat boats, a me­dia re­lease is­sued by the Lanka Power­boat As­so­ci­a­tion said.

The cham­pi­onship had its suc­cess­ful in­au­gu­ral event in Fe­bru­ary 2017, start­ing small with five P750/Thun­der­cat boats. The event has al­ready in­creased in pop­u­lar­ity and stature with eight P750/Thun­der­cat boats and eight F2 boats en­ter­ing the UIM en­dorsed cham­pi­onship next month. The UIM is the in­ter­na­tional au­thor­ity for power­boat­ing and aqua bike/jet skis

By cre­at­ing this pres­ti­gious event the LPA is able to show­case the sport and the coun­try to a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence and there­fore con­trib­ute to the growth of the Sri Lankan tourism in­dus­try, the re­lease stated.

This two-day UIM cal­en­dar race, spon­sored by the Sri Lanka Tourism Au­thor­ity and the Sports Min­istry, will see each class of power­boat racing six heats over both days con­clud­ing with a grand fi­nale. This is an in­ter­na­tional event with World Cham­pion Power­boat driv­ers com­ing to Sri Lanka from UK, Hun­gary, Ger­many, Nor­way and Ice­land to com­pete in this event.

At a meet­ing, ear­lier this week with the Sports Min­is­ter Dayasiri Jayasek­era and the Tourism Min­is­ter John Amaratunga, the LPA launched its in­ter­na­tional race cal­en­dar for 2018. In­tro­duc­ing to Sri Lanka for the first time the open­ing round of the Aquabike Bike World Cham­pi­onship and the clos­ing round of the F2 World Cham­pi­onship, Grand Prix of Sri Lanka, the re­lease said.

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