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Mr. Suranjith Premadasa(Colombo Coordinator-SMSC), Prof. Oscar Amarasinghe(President-SMSC), Mrs. Namalee Silva(AGM-SLIC), Mr. Mahesh Gamage(Caterory Manager -SLIC), Mr. Ashhar Hameem(Senior Vice President-SMSC)

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Mr. Isuru Disssanayake(GM- Product Marketing Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd), Mr.Dimuth bambarawanage(Secretary-SMSC), Mr. Suranjith Premadasa (Colombo Coordinator-SMSC),Prof. Oscar Amarasinghe(President-SMSC),  Mr. Ashhar Hameem(Senior Vice President-SMSC)

MotorPlus Southern Monsoon Rally 2012

Nicknamed as the ‘journey through the wilderness of the South’, the MotorPlus Southern Monsoon Rally 2012 will get underway on the 22nd and 23rd of September 2012. This rally is organised by the motor sports giants in the south, the Southern Motor Sports Club (SMSC) for the 14th consecutive year. SMSC boasts that, it is the only club which conducts annually TSD type of rallies, to meet the needs of those competitors looking for skilled and precision driving on public roads, especially those who want to drive through the wilderness of the south. Although, going out of practice, TSD type of rallies have their own merits, secrets and excitement that speed rallies cannot offer. As a club having a long experience in TSD type of rallies and possessing a vast knowledge on issues arising out of organization and conducting of such rallies, the SMSC is making all efforts to conduct this rally to high standards.

The MotorPlus Southern Monsoon Rally 2012 has become a reality thanks to the generous sponsorship package offered by the Sri Lanka Insurance. The event is co-sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom- Mobitel and Ranna 212.
The rally specifics are the following.

1.    This is a day and night rally
2.    Opening of entries- 6th August 2012
3.    Closing of entries- 14th September 2012 (at 18:00 hrs)
4.    Vehicle Categories-
Non Rally Prepared Standard Vehicles (Group NRP); Rally Prepared Modified Vehicles (Group RP); Veterans (Group “V”): Novices (Group “N”) Only For Members of Southern Motor Sports Club & Young Southern Motor Sports Club; Rally Prepared/Non Rally Prepared Trucks and Jeeps (Group T) AND Team Entries
5.    Media Briefing- 5th September 2012
6.    Issue of Time and Distance Charts and, Route Instructions- 21st September at 17:00 hrs at Wheels Lanka, Pamburana, Matara, and, Marble D├ęcor, Nugegoda.
7.    Scrutineering (first)- 22md September at 08:00 hrs at Wheels Lanka, Pamburana, Matara
8.    Scrutineering (second)- 22nd September at 16:30 hrs
9.    Competitor Briefing – 22nd September at 11:00 hrs, at Uyanwatte, Matara
10.    Start – 22nd September, opposite Sanath Jayasuriya grounds, Matara at 19:00 hrs
11.    Finish (official)- 23rd September 2012, at Tangalle (around 14:00 hrs)
12.    Finish (ceremonial)- 23rd September 2012, at Beach Road, Matara (around 16:30 )
13.    Prize Distribution – 23rd September 2012, at Beach Road, Matara (around 18:00 hrs)
14.    Rally Stages
a.    Stage 1 (22nd September 2012)
i.    Matara to Udawalawe (Night Stage)
ii.    Start at 19:00 hrs and finish at 23:00 hrs
iii.    190 km
iv.    Major cities along the route: Matara, Weligama, Akuressa, Pitabeddara, Waralla, Walasmulla, Kirama , katuwana (fuel stop), Middeniya, Panamura, Udawalawe
v.    Terrain: Tar- 50%; Concrete – 25%; Gravel – 25%
b.    Stage 2 (23rd September 2012)
i.    Udawalawe to Hambantota (Night Stage)
ii.    Start at 02:00 hrs and finish at 06:00 hrs
iii.    196 km. Terrain: Tar & Concrete- 25%; Gravel – 75%
iv.    Major cities along the route: Udawalawe, Hambegamuwa, Sooriyawewa (fuel stop), Meegahajandura, Thanamalwila, Lunugamvehera, Bandagiriya, Hambantotota

c.    Stage 3 (23rd September 2012)
i.    Hambantota to Tangalle (Day Stage)
ii.    Start at 10:00 hrs and Finish at 14:00 hrs
iii.    150 km (TBA). Terrain: Tar & Concrete 50%; Gravel 50%
iv.    Major cities along the route : Hambantota, Sooriyawewa, Embilipitiya (fuel stop), Angunakola, Ranna, Tangalle

d.    Transport Section
i.    Tangalle to Matara
ii.    Start at 15:30 hrs and Finish at 16:30 hrs
iii.    Approx. 50 km.
iv.    Major cities along the route: Tangalle, Dickwella, Dondra, Matara
15.    Trophies
a.    Overall Winners - Best performance irrespective of the Group entered
i.    1st –10th Places : Trophy and Certificate for the Driver and Co-Driver
b.    Group Winners
i.    1st –3rd Places : Trophy and Certificate for the Driver and Co-Driver for following Groups
ii.    Non Rally Prepared Standard Vehicles (Group NRP)
iii.    Veterans (Group “V”)
iv.    Novices (Group “N”) (if we receive more than 10 entries, up to 5places)
c.    Stage Winners
i.    1st – 3rd Places ;Trophy & Certificate for the Driver and Co-Driver for all 3 Stages separately.
ii.    At least 6 entries should be received, and there must be at least 5 starters for each group, to be eligible and considered for the above.
d.    Team Winners - Best performing teams
i.    1st –3rd Places : Trophies and Certificates for the Drivers and Co-Drivers of each vehicle crew
ii.    (A minimum of 4 teams should have been entered for the event.)

The SMSC is constantly striving towards improving the format of TSD rallies and the organizing committee is quite confident that this year’s rally would be a step forward, in respect of the diversity and competitiveness of the route, driving pleasure, organizational and technical aspects. Extra efforts are being taken by the organizers to ensure safety of competitors and vehicles, quick disbursement and precision of results and, competitor welfare.

Further details of the event can be obtained by calling Mr. Ashhar Hameem on 0777 225555 or Prof. Oscar Amarasinghe on 0718 527327.