Jaden and Aaron Gunawardena create racing history..
Young racing star brothers Jaden and Aaron Gunawardena created history by being the first Sri Lankans to win an international motor racing event for their country when they emerged overall winners of the three-stage Asia Cup Road Race in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The duo aged 12 and 13 years stunned seasoned campaigners of the Asian fraternity in winning this event.
Jaden Gunawardena astride his Honda HPM 250cc at the Kuala Lumpur circuit
The championship was conducted as an open age category event and included three stages worked off in Japan, Thailand and Taiwan. The Sri Lankan pair earned an aggregate of 10 points from the three stages to crown themselves as champions and receive their award the Federation of International Motorcycling (FIM) Asia General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur.
Jaden and Aaron fearlessly challenged matured and experienced riders from countries such as Japan, Thailand, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Indonesia and Nepal. They beat many riders on their home soil and placed Sri Lanka high on the Asia racing map.
The two brothers came into the limelight in 2011 when they first participated at the ACRR as eight and nine-year lads. The determined riders came through the national selection process beating national level and three Forces riders over twice their age to become the best riders of the 150cc and 250cc events.
Jaden and Aaron hail from a racing family and are siblings of retired national motorcycling champion Shane Gunawardena. Shane has stamped his class in motor racing and won the Best Rider award at the inaugural Foxhill Supercross. He is the manager, coach and consultant to this champion duo.
Avindra Mirando, the President of the Federation of Motorcycle Sports in Sri Lanka said the Association is greatly honoured to receive this award as this is the first time Sri Lanka has carved their name in the 102-year-old history of the FIM.
He wished the young champions and expects them to bring further glory to the country in the future.