HTL Motor Sports
In line with the dynamic pace of logistics & freight forwarding ‘HTL Motor Sports’ has been instrumental in developing the sport in the Indian sub continent with pioneering a Motor Racing Team with Multi National drivers. A brain child of the Chairman of the group, Mr.Reyaz Farook, a veteran racer in the India/Sri Lanka motor racing circuit, HTL Motor racing team has won many a championships and has conquered the tarmac, gravel circuits and has been a dominant force in the Rally arena as well.
HTL Racing is focused on taking Sri Lankan motor racing to the next level with the introduction of International drivers to the island nation with the commencement of the INDO/SRI LANKA RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP which is to be inducted into the Indian Rally Championship calendar. This will provide Sri Lankan drivers with an opportunity of participating in the Indian Rally Championship which would give them much needed exposure in the International circuit.
HTL Racing continues to conquer unchartered territories in the racing arena, with Champion racer Reyaz Farook navigating the path of racing development not only in Sri Lanka but also in the Indian Sub-continent bringing in the essential Exposure, Expertise and Corporate funding. This has been a much needed boost for the Sri Lankan Motor racing fraternity to continue to strive for excellence in the Motor Sporting Arena.
HTL-Alpha wins Teams Championship at CMSC Lotus Rally 2009
Team HTL-Alpha, led by lead driver Mansur Hassen, beat a strong contingent of experienced rally drivers to win the Lotus Rally 2009 held on the 14th and 15th of August. The 500 kilometre rally, run overnight to a Time Speed Distance (TSD) format, was organized by the Ceylon Motor Sports Club who won tremendous plaudits for organizing one of the most challenging and exciting TSD rallies ever held in Sri Lanka.
HTL-Alpha 01Mansur Hassen, driving a Mitsubishi Montero and navigated by Kalim Iqbal, finished in second place overall and narrowly missed out on the top step of the podium by a mere 9 debit points. Team members Travice Ondaatjie and Taffy Alahakoon finished 7th overall in a Toyota Surf with Nishan Weerasooria and Sriomal De Silva 10thin their Toyota Hilux. The fourth team entry of Tony Abbass, a veteran competitor in the Motorbikes category, finished a creditable 3rd in class on a Honda XR250. Abbass was navigated by his daughter Tamarih, the only female navigator in a field of 43 entries. Their combined debit totals were far superior to those of their rivals, many of whom count decades of TSD rallying experience.
After a ceremonial start at 6:30 pm on Friday the 14th of August at Galle Face Green, Stage 1 began from Kesbewa and ended at Ratnapura after 160 km of treacherous terrain at surprisingly high average speeds. Hassen and Iqbal had far from a smooth run, cutting a tire and losing time before changes were made at the compulsory halt mid-way through the stage.
HTL-Alpha 02Stage 2, starting at 3:30 am, took the field through 130 km of harsh hill country terrain, through the Maskeliya and Laxapana areas, finishing up at Kitulgala for the breakfast halt where the Alpha-HTL service crew made much needed repairs to the team’s competition vehicles. Stage 3 (112 km long) started at 11:00 am and although run at relatively lower speeds, was equally gruelling, seeing more than one of the expected challengers fall by the wayside. After the competitive section of the rally finished at Hanwella town, the competitors made their way to the ceremonial finish at Sri Jayawardenepura, Kotte where Team Alpha-HTL received their winners trophies.
The Managing Director of team sponsor HTL Logistics and a noted rally driver himself, Reyaz Farook was effusive in his praise for the team. “I am proud of the way that Mansur, Kalim, Nishan, Sriomal, Travice, Taffy, Tony and Tamarih were able to represent the core values of the HTL group. Their professionalism and focus on the task at hand in the face of challenging conditions and competition represents what we strive to achieve at HTL Logistics. Despite various issues they stuck to their task, finished strongly and brought home the top prize.” said Farook.
HTL-Alpha 03HTL Logistics is a leading freight forwarding company, with a presence of more than 3 decades in Sri Lanka. In addition, the HTL group has over 20 branch offices on the subcontinent, with plans afoot for expansion into the Far East. Visit www.htllogistics.com for more information on how HTL Logistics can help your business.
HTL Motor Racing Team set to boost local racing at Fox Hill 2011
HTL Motor racing recently launched it’s ‘International Racing Team’ led by veteran racer Reyaz Farook consisting of some of the Top Racing Drivers in Sri Lanka and India.
HTL Racing Team has taken the Sri Lankan circuits by storm with emphatic performances at Fox Hill 2011 & the recent Pannala racing event.
HTL Racing with Indian drivers-Naren Kumar and Vikram Mathias brought in a new dimension to the pinnacle of gravel racing in Sri Lanka with Naren finishing as 1st runner up in the Super Car Event (with a mass start) racing at Fox Hill for the first time. Continuing this success Racing legend Reyaz Farook had a podium finish as 1st runner up in the Super Car event recently concluded Pannala Racing meet.
HTL Racing is focused on taking Sri Lankan racing to the next level with the introduction of International drivers to Sri Lanka and with the commencement of the Indo/Sri Lanka Rally Championship to be inducted into the Indian Rally Championship calendar. This will provide Sri Lankan drivers with the opportunity of participating in the Indian Rally Championship which would give them much needed exposure in the International circuit.
HTL Racing continues to conquer unchartered territories in the racing arena, with Champion racer Reyaz Farook navigating the path of racing development not only in Sri Lanka but also in the region bringing in the essential Exposure, Expertise and Corporate funding.
This has been a much needed boost for the Sri Lankan Motor racing fraternity to continue to strive for excellence in the Motor Sporting Arena.