Making her debut in the Malaysian Super Series, Natasha Nur Ida Adam Seatter – the sole lady driver on the grid at the Sepang F1 race weekend, has thrown a challenge on her male rivals as she sets a firm target for glory at the national series.
“Yes, I am challenging for the MSS Championship and competing for the whole season,” declared the 19-year old beauty, who is currently among the top contenders for the 2012/2013 FG1000 Formula Gulf Championship.
A top graduate of the prestigious Petronas Formula Xperience programme, Natasha hopes to fully utilize her single-seater experience to test in a different kind of machine as she put to test her Radical GT machine in the GT class competition where she would be competing against some of the top racers in the region such as Frank Yu, Samson Chan, Jeffrey Lee, Sigit Winarta, Dedy Widiyanto, Tunku Hammam and Mok Weng Sun.
Natasha said: “I’m driving a Radical GT car. It’s has a 2.7ltr engine that develops 420 Hp and delivers drive to the back wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The mid-engine layout give the 680 kg car very good handling and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/hr in 2.6 seconds.
“I estimated top speed will be 270km/hour down the main straight. It has more power, more weight and less downforce. This changes my braking points and speed I can carry into and through the corners.
“The biggest change, however, that I notice is the amount of effort it takes to drive the car, its much heavier than my Formula car,” said Natasha, who said she was more excited than being nervous in making her MSS debut at the biggest stage in Malaysia’s motor racing.
Apart from the GT class, the MSS, which would run in five rounds this year, would also feature the Sports Production class which would run together this weekend in a combined race this weekend under Series A. Two other categories – the Touring Production Class and the Malaysian Touring Car category would run in a separate race under Series B this weekend.
Natasha said: “It’s always great fun to be a support race at F1, the excitement in the pits is brilliant. Out on the track the grip levels get interesting as all that F1 rubber builds up on track, and having good crowds watching make it a lot more fun.”
“The plan this year is to move to move to GT racing. I will be taking part in another International GT series that kicks off at the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai. I will announce these details later after Sepang,” added Natasha, who was the youngest and only female to drive the Lotus T125 in January last year at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Aspiring to be an F1 driver one day, Natasha made her freshman debut in go-karting in 2005 and immediately made a name for herself as she upstaged her male rivals as she competed across Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Phillipines, Macau, India, Japan and UAE in various go-karting competitions.
Her racing career was elevated to the next level when she was awarded with the Petronas Formula Xperience (PFX) scholarship where Natasha, who was the only lady driver in the series, became the first racer in series’ history to obtain 1st place four times in a row in the Formula BMW racing car.
Her unprecedented success secured her a spot in the Petronas Mofaz Racing Team in which she competed as the first and only female racer and was dubbed rookie of the year in 2009. She became the first female Malaysian racer ever to race in the Formula BMW Asia Pacific Series when she competed as a rookie in 2010.
“I am currently competing in the Formula Gulf Series. I have won 7 rounds of the 12 races which included a race in Yas Marina where I started from the back of the grid and managed to take first place on the last corner of the last lap. I really relished that challenge,” said Natasha as she looked forward for the final two races in the series which would be held in Dubai next weekend.
MALAYSIAN SUPER SERIES 2013 RACE CALENDAR – CAR COMPETITIONS
|Round 1||22nd – 24th March 2013|
|Round 2||24th – 26th May 2013|
|Round 3||28th – 30th June 2013|
|Round 4||13th – 15th September 2013|
|Round 5||1st – 3rd November 2013|
words & pix: SIC