Kesara Godage aims high at motor racing
The Sri Lanka’s youngest motor racing champion Kesara Godage (15) won the SL-H1600cc race in 35.65 seconds at the recently concluded Eliyakanda Hill Climb. His dream is to enter Formula track. At the age of 5, he entered the motorcycle race and he experienced speed and thrill at an early age. He took part his first race at Walawa Supercross 2017 in Nissan March event and sharpened his skills at the following year, becoming a challenge to experienced aspiring competitors.
He only had the opportunity to compete in tarmac track, as he was not old enough to get a driver’s license in his first year. Kesara competed in seven races on Tarmac track in its first year and became one of the first three winners in all races. He showed his prowess at the Matara Hill Climb, Radella and Mahagastota triathlons by winning a champion title twice and in the rest of the races he finished as runner-up.
Then in 2019 he entered the gravel track for the first time and competed in two motor car events at the Fox Hill Supercross. Kesara obtained the champion title in both events while he finished with winning positions in that year’s rest of the races.
When the Sri Lankan motor racing industry, which had been neutralized for the past two years due to Covid pandemic he had the opportunity to excel the country’s second fastest motor car event SL-H1600cc and the fastest motorcycle event in MX250 this year. He obtained the second places in both SL-H1600cc races at the Katukurunda Air Force Base in December last year while he became 2nd runner-up in SL-H1600 cc event at the Ice Breaker Championship held in Anuradhapura in the early quarter of this year. He finished the both MX 250 cc races as third and second places respectively.
He has so far won more than 100 trophies in motorcycle and motor racing events. Despite his young age, Kesara has 11 years of racing experience, and his goal is to represent Sri Lanka in the international Formula 2 or Formula 3 category and bring glory to the Motherland. He has already qualified for the SLGT 3500cc Supercar event and he hopes to become the number one racing champion in the country in both SLGT 3500 cc Super cars and MX 250 motorcycle event in the near future.
Kesara, a Grade 11 student of Lyceum International School, Nugegoda is expecting to become a leading businessman in the country in the future while his goal is to dominate in the racing field as a hobby.