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‘Speed Runs’ E-racing experience takes off on Jan. 11

Sheran Cooke, Chairman organizing Committee ‘Speed Runs’ and Prashad Subramaniam Managing Director of Mandarin Reid Advertising the organizers of ‘Speed Runs’ with the trophies on offer.
Sheran Cooke, Chairman organizing Committee ‘Speed Runs’ and Prashad Subramaniam Managing Director of Mandarin Reid Advertising the organizers of ‘Speed Runs’ with the trophies on offer.

ESports and motor racing enthusiasts in Sri Lanka would be able to experience the challenge and excitement of driving the powerful Mercedes Benz GT 3 on a simulator when the countries first ever Esport Championship ‘Speed Runs’ takes off next Saturday at Sanaya Mansion Hotel in Matara as part of the members day celebrations of the Southern Motor Sports Club.

“Speed Runs is all set to conquer the country,” said Prashad Subramaniam Managing Director of Mandarin Reid Pvt Ltd who together with the Ceylon Motor Sports Club (CMSC) are introducing the Esport experience to Sri Lanka. The qualifying rounds for Sri Lanka’s ‘Speed Runs’ championship will be held in Matara (January), Colombo (February), Kandy (March) and Jaffna (April) after which the two competitors who record the fastest times at the four qualifying rounds will compete at the final which is to be held in Colombo in May 2020.

If the local champion registers a time within the world speed thresh hold he or she will have the opportunity to compete against the fastest from around the world at the Speed Runs World Championship 2020.

Subramaniam added that Esport is rapidly making its way to the forefront of sports both globally and locally.

The steady growth has distinguished Esports as a separate entity and with the increase of high intensity sporting tournaments. In 2019 there were 201.2 million recognized Esport enthusiasts around the globe while the Esport audience had grown to 453.8 million. It was expected that the Esports to have an audience of 645 million globally by 2022.

Sheran Cooke member of the Ceylon Motor Sports Club and Chairman of the organizing committee of ‘Speed Runs’ said that ten simulators of the Mercedes Benz GT 3 which cost around 1.5 million Rupees each have been imported and competitors will experience negotiating the Suzuka International Racing Circuit. “Anyone over 8 years can enter for the

championship” he added.


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