A “Star Experience” evening was organized for Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts in the city of Polonnaruwa on the 17th of November 2014 at the Hotel Sudu Araliya. The evening was attended by over 15 customers and their spouses, while the DIMO management was represented by Mr Ranjith Pandithage, Mr Gahanath Pandithage, Mr Channa Weerawardane, Mr Sarath Algama and Mr Suresh Gooneratne together with the Group Management Committee members. The customers were introduced to the latest range of vehicles from Mercedes-Benz vehicles including the new S-Class, the 2014 facelift E-Class, the new SLK, the DIMO Premier range as well as the Jeep Wrangler.
Star Experience in the City of PolonnaruwaOctober 20, 2014
“It is a time of great pride and satisfaction to mark the first ever FIA Formula 1 World Constructors Championship to be won by a Silver Arrow. This victory is the product of many years of hard work combined with great commitment and exceptional engineering skill. And it has additional meaning for a manufacturer like Mercedes-Benz to succeed in a year of technological change. The new rules for the 2014 season gave us the opportunity to demonstrate the technical expertise of Mercedes-Benz on a world stage. Our engineers were able to develop not just the most powerful and most efficient Hybrid Power Unit but also the most intelligent solutions for our W05 Hybrid race car. With 13 wins from 16 races so far, our performance this year has been true to the promise of the Mercedes-Benz brand: The Best Or Nothing. My congratulations go to our Formula 1 team at Brackley and Brixworth on their achievement, to our drivers Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, and to each and every one of my colleagues who has contributed to this success and supported our Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows.
I would also like to mark this moment by saying that our thoughts are with Jules Bianchi and his loved ones after his tragic accident at the Japanese Grand Prix. The plight of this bright, talented young sportsman overshadows any thought of sporting celebration today. Thanks to the excellent work of the FIA and the teams, Formula 1 today sets a benchmark standard for safety and I know that no stone will be left unturned by the President of the FIA, Jean Todt, and his experts, to ensure that the right lessons are learned from this tragic incident.”
Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars
- Lewis Hamilton won the first ever Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix today at the Sochi Autodrom, with teammate Nico Rosberg finishing second after a strong recovery drive from a first lap pit-stop
- The 1-2 victory is the team’s ninth in 2014 and sealed the F1 Constructors’ Championship for Mercedes-Benz.
- This is the first time in 120 years of motorsport that Mercedes-Benz has won the World Championship as a constructor.
- Lewis’ win means he equals the record number of wins for a British driver, set by Nigel Mansell (31).
- All of Sochi’s top 5 finishers were powered by Mercedes-Benz, a fitting result to seal the company’s first Constructors’ title
60 years have passed since the three-pointed star took victory in its first ever Formula One Grand Prix in Reims, and 80 years since the Silver Arrows were born at the 1934 Eifelrennen. In the year that Mercedes-Benz has celebrated 120 years of motorsport achievement, the 2014 campaign stands as a fitting tribute to the impeccable standards of success established in years gone by. With 13 wins, 35 podium finishes, 16 pole positions and 14 fastest laps from 16 races, the Mercedes-Benz PU106A Hybrid Power Unit has taken 64% of all available World Championship points thus far in 2014, leading 88% of racing laps in the process. Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz F1 W05 Hybrid has taken 34% of points available, leading 85% of racing laps.
Across the two days following the Sochi wins, drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and senior management have visited both factories – addressing the masses, congratulating team members as a group and individually, and joining in with the celebrations.
The Southern Rally 2014, nick named as “the journey through the wilderness of the South” is scheduled to be rev off on 01st November 2014 and drawn to a close on 02nd at Matara. This is the 16th (TSD) National Rally organized by the Southern Motor Sports Club (SMSC) since it’s inception in 1997. This grand motor sports episode would be running throughout all 03 Districts covering Matara, Hambanthota and Monaragala promising on aura of excitement combined with the spills and thrills of southern terrains similar to the all 16 previous motor rallies that bequeath with roaring successes. It is sure to be an enthralling experience of the motor sports loving spectators of the South who are in thirst of eminence motor sports events. This year’s rally is a night rally & would run into some 500 plus kms and the route plotted amongst the typical / historical environs of down south, the vast expanse of lush green country side, abundant blue water reservoirs, clear streams, rivers and sea beach provides the opportunity for holiday travelers, recreation stored local population and ever willing motor sports enthusiasts to enjoying a night worth of motor racing together with entertainment. The route of the rally is plotted under the guidance of Sri Lanka’s rally “GURU”, Mr. Andrew Silva for the 16th successive year. The rally is broken down into 02 stages from Matara to Morawaka and Morawaka to Matara , promising a virtuous drive for all the competitors. Southern Rally is considered as the most challenging annual TSD Rally in Sri Lanka by most of the motor rally sportsmen in the country. Also this motoring event has been acknowledged by the competitors as one of the best organized events of the country. There we about 40 entries at the previous meet, including those of the well known motor sportsmen in the country. SMSC is planning to award an array of Trophies to the winners of the individuals & those of the whole event as well. The awards too are proportionate and have over 75 trophies on offer. The details of the various awards are as follows : Stage prizes – for the 01st , 02nd & 03rd of rally stages / Category Prizes – Novices/Pro, Cars and Overall Prizes for the First ten places. The price distribution ceremony will be held on the 02nd November 2014 at Rest House premises, Matara around 10.00 hrs in a grand style. The SMSC as well recognized the importance of creating the right ambience & vibes in providing both the competitors & the spectators with maximum excitement and enjoyment at their meets. The ceremonial start will be at the ramp opposite Sanath Jayasuriya Grounds adjoining Gemunu Watch at 19.00 hrs on Saturday 01st November 2014 and you are invited to witness the Start and encourage the competitors. This year’s Southern Night Rally’s Principal Sponsor is Diesel & Motor Engineering PLC, the authorized distributor for JEEP in Sri Lanka and Main Sponsor is Laugfs Lubricants, manufacturer and distributor of Laugfs Oil in Sri Lanka. The press conference took place on 16th of October 2014 at the Olympic House at Independence Square. Entries for the event can be collected at Premadasa Printers, 179, Jayantha Weerasekara Mawatha, Colombo 10, Marble Décor, 175, Nawala Road, Nugegoda.( adjoining HSBC) or at The Reliable Motor Agency, Kumarathunga Mawatha, Matara.