MSS2011: Hattrick beckons for speed demon Dilantha as Sri Lankan heats up Sepang!

Published on July 3rd, 2011

After a lull in the local racing calendar, Malaysia’s premier racing series, Malaysian Super Series is back in full swing as the cream of local and foreign speed demons, prepare to resume battle this weekend in Sepang.

Top on the list of drivers to watch is popular, Dilantha Malagamuwa who is gunning for a hattrick of wins in the GT Open class as he continues his chase for a third MSS title in early July.

The Sri Lankan, crowned Overall champion in 2006 and 2007 for the Supercar Championship, was a class above his rivals in the MSS opening round at Sepang’s F1 weekend in April and the second round nearing the end of April.

A close battle is on the cards for Round 3 as the 47 year old businessman is keen put a distance between himself and his close rivals especially defending champion Mok Weng Sun of Singapore and David Lai.

“I competed in the Round 2 of the Malaysian GT in my Lamborghini LP560. I had a problem with the dash and I couldn’t see any controls speed revs gears etc so we couldn’t do any testing.     “It was very difficult to drive but still I was fastest in testing and also took pole position on Saturday. Weng brought his new Ferrari 458 GT3 and David Lai his newly upgraded Lamborghini which were much faster than my car.

“I was so happy to win both races from pole and four races in a row. I was also able to prove that I could win either in dry or wet conditions.   “The other cars were much faster in the straight. My mechanics did a great job although we didn’t have our chief engineer,” said Dilantha who is hoping more magic from his pit crew this weekend.  Dilantha is not only carrying the flag for Sri Lanka but will have the Land of the Rising Sun, Japan in his heart as he displays his gratitude and affection towards the tragedy stricken nation.

“I am still carrying the message “WE LOVE AND SUPPORT JAPAN” with the Japanese flag on my car and team ware and I am hoping to do it for whole of this year for all the support and assistance they have given Sri Lanka for the last 4 decades,” he said.

Meanwhile in the bikes category, Malaysian Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman will be aiming for his first win on the same weekend after he was denied by Australian former superbike Glen Allerton in the opening round of the Superbike A at Sepang International Circuit after the second and final race was cut short by rain, giving him only half points for victory.

Second in the opening race, Azlan – the two-time Supersports champion, was only awarded 12.5 points for his win in Race 2 with Allerton getting 10 points and taking the Australian total haul for the round to 35 points against Azlan’s 32.5 points.

“It’s unfortunate that the race had to be cut short because of the rain. I was leading the race and was going all out for the win which could have given me the honour of winning the round and share of the overall standings,” said Azlan, who started from second on the grid, but shot past Allerton on Lap 3.

Unfortunately for the Honda rider, race officials decided to call for the red flag to stop the race on Lap 6 after it started to drizzle and later decided for only half points to be awarded for the race.

Commenting on his win, Allerton, who rides for Team Looi Motor Singapore and riding a BMW S1000R said that he was happy with the win and that it was a good decision to stop the race in view of safety for the riders.

“It was getting slippery and I had to be very cautious in my approach to keep pace with Azlan,” said the Australian, who was making his debut in the series.

In the Superstock championship, defending champion Ahmad Zamani Baharuddin cruised to a double victory after his closest rival Remon Azrem Abdul Karim was forced to retire from the opening race after his BMW S1000RR machine blew his engine in the final lap. MSS enters its third round for cars and second round for bikes this Sunday and with no entrance free, the turn out is expected to be huge. So what are u waiting for, drop by Sepang International Circuit for an explosive weekend you don’t want to miss!

words & pix: SIC

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