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Perera brothers shine once again

Perera brothers: Middle - Meven, left - Brayan (with beard), right - Kevin
Perera brothers: Middle - Meven, left - Brayan (with beard), right - Kevin

On the 8th of September the Sri Lanka Super Series racing championship held in Katukurunda witnessed one of the most spectacular racing events onthe Sri Lankan motorsports calendar. Kevin Perera and Brayan Perera both participating in the SL F Formula Mclaren 1300cc EFIcategory showcased their exceptional driving skills on track securing top spots on the podium.

The race weekend was kicked off with qualifying on Saturday followed by two races on Sunday. Brayan Perera dominated qualifying with a fastest lap-time of 1:08:419 clearing a second to the rest of the pack. ChandimaGooneratne qualified second on the grid with a lap-time of 1:09:455 followed by Kevin Perera who qualified with a lap-time of 1:09:543; a tenth of a second off to Chandima. However, race day was a completely different story because it turned out to be a sprint race to the finish line. In Race 1 Brayan Perera suffered from a minor gearbox issue which hindered his straight-line speed. Despite this, it was a nail-biting finish for the top spot but ChandimaGooneratne claimed victory on that occasion with Brayan and Kevin finishing second and third respectively. In Race 2 however, we witnessed a lot of wheel to wheel action as all three drivers showed similar race pace. Brayan Perera was able to find a gap during the early stage of race and was able to pass Chandima and maintain the lead until the chequered flag. It was a close battle between Chandima and Kevin as both drivers were swapping positions back-to-back. It was an intense race between the two and the battle came down to the wire. Kevin Perera foreseeing an opportunity, made an aggressive move in the penultimate corner of the last lap allowing him to finish second in the race, followed by Chandima.

This is not the first time the Perera brothers have showcased their talents in motorsports. Both brothers have represented Sri Lanka on an international level. Brayan Perera participated in the Euro Formula BMW category in 2018 at the FMSCI National Racing Championship held in India and was even able to win a few races throughout the championship. Kevin Perera drove the LGB Formula 4 category in the same event in 2017 and emerged as second runners up in the Formula 4 Rookie Cup. Currently, both drivers are pursuing a degree in mechanical and automobile engineering and are looking forward to their next race.

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