Sevanagala Super Cross Kesara gets award for youngest driver

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By 2018-01-03

Kesara Godage, a 13-year-old driver competing in the Udawalawe Sevanagala Super Cross held recently, ended up with the award for the youngest driver at the competition. However, clinching of the award happened unexpectedly, as it was his father, veteran driver Dhammika Godage, who was scheduled to be in the contest competing in the vehicle segment at the Super Cross.

On the eve of the contest, Dhammika had allowed his son Kesara to drive the Nissan March during a practice session: At this moment Kesara had not even possessed a driving licence as he was underage.

But, due to the intervention of Anil Jayakody, Kesara was presented with the licence to compete at the Super Cross in the motorcar segment.

Kesara Godage was placed third during the initial timing and it really stunned a majority of the veteran drivers who had convened at the championship.

During the main event this novice driver ended the race being placed fourth and he was deservedly presented with the award for the youngest driver.

It was quite a coincidence. Kesara who began his maiden voyage in motor racing riding a 50cc bike five years ago at the Walawa Super Cross, also entered the motorcar segment at the same venue.

Before competing in the motorcar segment, Kesara had displayed his potential by topping the scoring charts in the motorcycle segment in the under-13 category.

Kesara had won the Super Cross competitions held in Galle and Boyagane, but was forced to recuperate for several months having suffered an injury at the Fox Hill Super Cross.

He then returned to action and won the Gunner Super Cross staged at Minneriya before repeating the feat at the Gajaba Super Cross held at Saliyapura.

Kesara then proceeded to showcase his credentials at the Super Cross held at Embilipitiya. Godage Jr. also competed at the Katukurunda Rotherham championship and was featured in the 1500cc Ford Laser/Mazda segment.

During the Katukurunda race Kesara Godage caught the attention of Sri Lanka's internationally reputed racing driver Dilantha Malagamuwa, who later predicted that the rookie driver could go places in his chosen sport and bring recognition to Sri Lanka.

Kesara Godage who is only 13 is a seventh grade student at Lyceum International School in Nugegoda.

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