President''s son major attraction but Angad stole limelight
Saumojyoti S Choudhury
Colombo, Dec 15 (PTI) All eyes were set on Sri Lanka president Mahinda Rajapaksa''s younger son Rohita but it was Chandigarh lad Angad Singh Matharoo who used his last year''s experience to set the pace in the Volkswagen Polo Cup racing which is being held here for the second consecutive year as part of the Colombo Night Racing festival.
Rohita, a racing buff who is driving one of the Polo cars, was the most-talked about driver in the Volkswagen race but it was Angad who took the limelight away.
"It''s a good mix of fast and slow corners. It''s quite dusty, but drivers improved lap after lap," Angad said after the practice session late last night.
However, the start was far from rosy for the organisers as the race began an hour late but once it started, the excitement among general public was at its peak as more than 200 cars from various classes scorched the 4.3km street circuit surrounded by landmark buildings of the city such as the old Parliament, World Trade Centre Towers and an array of five-star hotels.
With an aim to project the island nation as a racing destination, the Sri Lankan government has extended its full support to the event. In fact, President Rajapaksa''s second son Yoshita is the main organiser of the event.
The main races will be held at the wee hours of Sunday after the qualifying sessions scheduled for midnight.
Among the Indian drivers who are participating in the Volkswagen Polo race are Sandeep Kumar, Munjal Savla, Saurav Bandyopadhay, Angad Singh Matharoo, Niranjan Todkari and Ameya Bafna.
The Sri Lankan field will be led by Rohita which will also feature Romani De Silva, Upulwan Serasinghe and Sumanapala Mannapperum.