Malagamuwa the magnificent
In the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, there’s one guy with a fan club that redefines the meaning of the word tifosi. A driver with a devoted, passionate colourful army of followers… some of whom have travelled for thousands of kilometres to watch their hero in action.
That hero is Dilantha Malagamuwa: a poetic name that nonetheless doesn’t exactly trip off the tongue as a synonym of motorsport stardom. Yet remarkably Dilantha inspires as passionate a following as any Senna or Schumacher. Because while there have been other successful drivers from Brazil and Germany, there has only ever been one man to cut it in the international world of motorsport from Sri Lanka.
So now, fans come from Sri Lanka to follow him: carrying air horns, flags – and on one occasion – national costume. The main sport on the island is cricket: a legacy from the English occupation of the nineteenth century. But based on what you can see at every Lamborghini Super Trofeo round, the second-most popular activity must be motorsport. Visit Dilantha’s motorhome to find out: except normally you can’t because there’s a crowd about 20-deep in there, chanting his name and singing what is probably the Sri Lankan national anthem. Or the Dilantha Malagamuwa fan club song. Either way, everyone seems very happy about it. And if you happen to fight your way through the crowd and meet the man of the moment, he has a remarkable story to tell.