Sappers 4 X 4 Gympo - 2015:
fifth consecutive Sappers 4x4 Gympo organized by the Corps of Engineers
of the Sri Lanka Army in collaboration with the Four Wheel Drive Club of
Sri Lanka will get underway today (September 20) at the Sapper Off Road
Arena in Embilipitya.
Sappers 4x4 Gympo 2015 is the Grand finale of the Four Wheel Drive
Club Championship. It was preceded by three qualifying rounds where
drivers and their vehicles were tested for skill and endurance in Nuwara
Eliya on April 15, Meerigama on June 21 and Kaluaggala on August 9, as a
championship series enhancing overall event value.
The Corps of Engineers who are universally known to go into battle
first and come out of battle last, partnered the Four Wheel Drive Club
of Sri Lanka to stage the inaugural Sappers 4x4 Gympo in 2011. This
unique collaboration propelled the inherent capability of the Corps of
Engineers to deliver unhindered mobility in battle to regenerate the
skill and enthusiasm of Sri Lanka's four wheel drive community to
The outcome has been a spectacular mix of thrill, adventure,
camaraderie and a deep sense of corporate social responsibility ever
Sapper off road arena at the Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering,
Embilipitiya is constructed in such a manner that natural obstacles are
emulated and the drivers and navigators are tested on their extreme
The uniqueness of the track lies in the variety of obstacles as teams
have to drive through mud, water, rocks and trails at different stages
of the same track.
The key feature is the 'over and under track' where a two lane track
in the shape of number eight crosses at the centre via a Compact 200
extra-wide bridge with tread way that will only accommodate the width of
Each team will get a run on both lanes back to back which will go
through the obstacles, mostly uneven articulation testing the teams
coping ability with the forces of gravity.
The Event will have five categories, the Standard Vehicles, Standard
Modified, Under 3000 cc, Over 3000 cc and Extreme Class which will be
battled out among the 14 Top Teams from Sri Lanka and 4 Foreign Teams,
two from Malaysia and a team each from Australia and India.
Sapper Off Road Arena
The Sapper Off Road Arena can accommodate in excess of 15,000
spectators where the entire track can be viewed from any seat.
This will be a rare opportunity to witness such action in a coliseum
like environment for off-road and adventure enthusiasts.
track is constructed to meet international standards which will serve as
a launch pad for talented local teams who aspire to represent Sri Lanka
internationally in this form of sport.
Who powers Gympo 2015?
The Sappers 4x4 Gympo 2015 is powered by VVK Machinery & Equipment (Pvt)
Limited, SENOK Trade Combined (Pvt) Limited, Swedish Trading (Pvt) Ltd,
CEAT Kelani Tyre Holding (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka Insurance Cooperation,
Singer Sri Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, Holcim Lanka Ltd, Ace Motors and Hasitha
Tickets are available at entrance to the track from 0800 hrs on 19th
and 20th Sep 2015. A grandstand ticket is Rs. 1500 and public area
ticket is Rs.100.