Powerboating action next month in Bentota
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.