The first ever organised go-karting races in Sri Lanka were held at the Independence Square and helped create tremendous interest in the sport while attracting many new enthusiasts. Soon after this success, 100cc karts started coming into the country and at one point there were nearly 50 karts in operation, however, kart racing was confined to private car parks that had enough space and tarmac surfaces. Kart racing was not able to sustain its popularity and glory due to lack of tracks and proper guidance to youngsters who were interested in taking up the sport which resulted in the sport becoming out-of-bounds for beginners and gradually, kart racing fizzled out.
Mr.David Pieris the President of the David Pieris Group of Companies is a prominent name associated with motor racing in the South Asian region, a keen sportsman with a passion for motor racing, he was a champion driver and is one of the most successful and respected Sri Lankans in the history of the sport.
He envisioned bringing Sri Lankan motor racing back to its former glory by popularising the sport. The first step was to build one of the finest go-kart tracks in the region here in Sri Lanka on the outskirts of Colombo. This vision became a reality with the construction and completion of the Sri Lanka Karting Circuit in Bandaragama.