The “Jeep Colombo Challenge Rally – Leg 1” which kicked off on the 24th of September 2016 at Speedrome in Battaramulla is part of three challenging rallies to form the first ever TSD Rally Championship in Sri Lanka, where Jeep Sri Lanka is the principal sponsor. “SLARDAR 1000 rally” which was complete in February 2016 inaugurated the championship. The Colombo Challenge Rally spanned 400 KMS within 2 stages. The first stage was from Colombo to Galle passing the roughest and most tiring terrains that a TSD rally driver could encounter. The second stage was back to Colombo and the rally ended at Speedrome at 6.00 am yesterday. Six Jeep competitors participated at the rally forming 2 teams.
The first stage which finished in Galle had a two hour break where the “Team Jeep Service Crew” was able to attend to the vehicles that took a heavy beating. The Galle TATA Display point was used to provide back up and all aspects were thoroughly and effectively solved by our service crew. “Team Jeep 1” became winners in the team award and “Team Jeep 2” came runners up, which is a further testament of the capability of “Jeep” to encounter any terrain in the island. In the overall Results, Nalin Premaratna driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee was placed 2nd and was runners up in the 1st stage as well. 2nd Runner-up in the first stage was also from Team Jeep, Ajith Fernando driving a Jeep Wrangler.
Furthermore, all members from Team Jeep was placed in the top 10 in the overall results where 24 drivers took part. Two more Jeep Wranglers running individually were also placed in the top 10.