Dilantha Ranjula Bandara Malagamuwa (born 24 June 1963 in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka) is a Sri Lankan racing driver currently racing for the Dilango Racing Team which he founded in 2009.
He was born on 24 June 1963 in Kurunegala and received his education at St. Annes’s College and Trinity College Kandy. He started racing at the age 16 by winning a motorcycle race. His two sisters encouraged him and persuaded his father to buy him a Yamaha TZ350. In 1983 Dilantha participated in his first International race in Calcutta, India and managed to finish 6th. After the race he met Matsumoto Kenmei, a Japanese motorbike racer who persuaded him to come to Japan to expand his racing career. In 1985 he went to Japan and in 1997 became the first non Japanese Asian to compete in the Japan top level Formula Nippon (F3000).
Awards and recognition
In 1997, after competing in Japan’s top level Formula Nippon, the Prime minister of Japan at the time Mr. Keizo Obuchifelicitated Dilantha for his effort in becoming the first non-Japanese Asian to achieve this feat.
In 2012 the Sri Lanka Auto Sports association awarded the national colours award and a special recognition to Dilantha Malagamuwa for his contribution to motorsports representing Sri Lanka in the International arena at the National Awards Presentation 2011. The award was presented by the president of SLAS, Rizvi Farook, and the Minister of Sports, Mahindananda Aluthgamage.
Dilantha was selected as the Brand Ambassador for the SLIM 14th Brand Excellence awards with the ceremony’s theme being ‘Will you race ahead of the rest?’.
President Maithripala Sirisena awarded the runner up Presidential award to Dilango Racing for being the “Most Outstanding Leisure Sports Provider of the Year 2015” and also another runner up Presidential Award to Dilantha Malagamuwa for being the “Most Outstanding Sportsman of the Year 2015”
Sports first Platinum Award 2016, which was held at the Stein studio, is considered the most prestigious award ceremony for sports people in Sri Lanka. Dilantha Malagamuwa was able to win two awards at the event, “Best Motor Sport Athlete of the Year” and “Most Popular Player of the Year”
Dilantha who is a Sri Lankan citizen also holds permanent residency in Japan. Currently living in Malaysia with his family, Dilantha runs the racing school at the Sepang International Racing circuit, Malaysia.