Motorsports adds spark to Ilara-Mokin Festival
One of the biggest motorsports promoters in the county, Work and Play, led by Adeoye Ojuoko, at the weekend added colour and fun to the 2020 New Yam festival in Ondo State community of Ilara-Imokin.
Ojuoko said, “We had built a growing interest and fan base for the Motorsport around the county, especially in the serene Ilara-mokin community that has played host to a number of our events in the last three years.
“This community has hosted on-road and off-road races with top race drivers across the country attending, which culminated in our building the first off-road track at Elizade Smokin Hills Resort in Ondo State. It has been attested to be one of the most challenging in the country.”He added that last weekend’s assembly of top motorsports racers in Ilara-mokin was a way of showing support for the local New Yam Festival called ‘Ijeshu Festival.’
According to Ojuoko, “Our long term plan incorporates this sort of partnerships, and Ilara-Mokin having been a great host to our activities deserve to earn our partnership.”
Argo Raak, the 2019 winner of the off-road race at the opening of the race track, which is an extension of Smokin Hills Golf Course, was on hand for an exhibition drag race.
Kingsley Uwatse, the jeep ambassador on the track and Antonio Sandouk, 2017 winner of the on road race, were all on hand to light up the community.
Ojuoko added that the group has had to cancel most of the activities on her calendar due to COVID-19 but hopes to get racers back to track later in December with the hosting of its flagship event, Ondo Auto Rally.
The group also received accolades from the representatives of the Ondo State government for their part in supporting, helping sustain local festival, and driving internal tourism to the state.