EZY Racing, liquid engineered by Castrol, were provided a very strong weekend when their ace driving duo of Pasindu Peiris and Sajaad Zuhair provided them an all podium weekend at the Walawe Supercross held at Udawalawe, thereby increasing the Black and Red teams trophy tally to a grand 29 podium finishes in the eight races held so far in 2012.
EZY Racing who have a strong visibility and are favourably viewed due to their attractively branded cars, superstar driver line up and professional approach they have brought to motor racing, went into the weekend’s race with their two top performing drivers, Pasindu Peiris and Sajaad Zuhair, in peak form.
The team was given a dream start to the weekend when Pasindu who was second on the grid in the SLGT up to 3500CC event one, managed to get a great start ahead of pole positioned Ashan Silva. Pasindu driving his EZY Mitsubishi ER9 managed to get the better line out of turn one to take the lead from Ashan and there onwards managed to maintain it for the next eight laps. Dinesh Deheragoda driving his Mitsubishi Evolution RS finished third. Pasindu who went into the second event in the same race category as pole sitter, couldn’t convert his pole position to a victory as Ashan Silva managed to get ahead of him going into turn one. Pasindu was who was struggling with an ailing clutch had to be content with second place while Dinesh Deheragoda finished third.
“It is indeed a great feeling to be back on the top step of the podium. In race one (SLGT event), we knew that we were in with a fair chance if we managed to get a good start. We managed to get a great start and then stuck to the game plan. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t convert our pole position in race two into a victory. The clutch gave away just when the lights went green and I had a very bad start in race two. Therefore we were fortunate that we didn’t lose more positions,” said Pasindu after the race.
The AOC technology powered EZY Racing team had yet another successful run in the only other race event they participated in when Pasindu and Sajaad driving their EZY Honda ER4 and ER6 respectively, managed to finish second and third in the SLH upto 1600CC event which was won by Ashan Silva. Sajaad who has finished on the podium in every race barring one (Pannala where he finished fourth), ensured that he continued his successful podium run when he managed to finish third after starting fourth on the grid.
“Considering the challenges we experienced in Cavalry a fortnight ago, we consider this weekend a very successful one. After a tough weekend in Cavalry where a couple of our cars got quite damaged due to different incidents that took place under the clouds of dust that the race took place in, we were forced to re think our strategies for this race. Given the situation we decided to compete a downsized team. It’s very pleasing to note that they delivered four podiums in the four races they collectively took part it. We definitely were a touch disappointed that Pasindu couldn’t convert his pole position to a win in the SLGT race two. However after understanding that he experienced a clutch issue right from the word go and the fact that he drove without the aid of his clutch in the last few laps, we are indeed thankful and very satisfied of our second place,” commented EZY Racing Team Principal/ CEO Shafraz Hamzadeen after the race.
Commenting further on his pole driver Pasindu’s technical issue with the clutch which made him relinquish his race lead, Hamzadeen, said that considering the demanding nature of the race calendar and the limitations of time, especially when there was a race almost every fortnight, it is very difficult and virtually impossible to get a car to perform perfectly in every race.
“The fact that we have had three races within four weeks makes it even tougher. Given this stress load, we were forced to decide whether we go for it all and take the risk or play it safe. Knowing our drivers, who are all champions in one form or another, they believed in going all out, rather than reserving their best. Hence clutch issues such as this can happen because Pasindu went all out in race one to clinch victory. If he hadn’t done it we would have had two second places. The fact that he went all out, gave us a victory and second place. So it was not only a bold choice but also a very good choice by Pasindu and the team.”
With four more races scheduled before the completion of the circuit race calendar, EZY Racing will now start focusing on their star studded Rally Racing Team who have been champions twice in the last three years.