Seatter Eyes the Podium this Weekend

Published on April 7th, 2011

18 year old Natasha Seatter is eyeing a spot on the podium this weekend when she returns to her home circuit for the JK Racing Asia Series Season Opener this weekend. The Series (formerly known as Formula BMW Pacific) will be part of the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix held this weekend at Sepang International Circuit.

Seatter, competing this year with the Championship winning team, Eurasia Motorsport, under the guidance of Mark Goddard and Martin Quick.

Spurred on by the confirmation of a new Sponsor, Seatter is set to pose a greater challenge on the circuit this weekend. LINK, a Malaysian based company involved in the business of strategic marketing and business networking is sponsoring Seatter’s first race of the season and they are also welcoming other sponsors for the upcoming races.

“She is a prodigious icon not only to the Malaysian youth but aspiring women out there”, says Datin Ida, Executive Chairman of LINK. “Not only are we very confident that she will do us proud in this season’s JK Racing Asia Series, but we also strongly support her passion to be the first female race driver for F1 one day”.

Seatter made her racing debut in go-kart in 2005 and quickly impressed with her outstanding results at the Asian Karting Open Championship. She was just 11 years old when she entered her first international race in Dubai using a Biland 250cc kart and “there was no turning back since,” said Seatter.

She furthered her racing career when she was awarded with a scholarship from Petronas Formula Experience (PFX). She graduated top of her class, winning races and created PFX history when claimed an impressive four in a row race win in 2009.

Her success secured her a spot in the Petronas Mofaz Racing Team the next year where she became the first female driver in the Formula BMW Pacific.

Recently Seatter was selected and approved by former F1 champions, Nigel Mansell, Jean Alessi and the current lotus F1 development driver, James Rossiter to drive the new Lotus T125 at the Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi becoming the youngest and only female driver to do so.

JK Racing Asia Series consists of 18 races on six weekends in the 2011 season. On three occasions the JK Racing Asia Series will support Formula One Grand Prix, in Malaysia, Singapore and the newly built circuit in India. Two weekends will be held during the Asian Festival of Speed (AFOS) in Malaysia and Indonesia, with one weekend held in Guangdong during the Hong Kong Autosport Challenge (HKAC).

words & pix: AFOS

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