Natasha Seatter: 'The positive thing is that we now know how fast the car is and that I can beat most in the field.'
SEPANG: Natasha Seatter remained in high spirits despite having to pay the price for a marshal’s mistake in the season-opening Malaysian Super Series (MSS) here on Sunday.
Her performance this weekend proved she has the pace and skills to win more races and challenge for the MSS championship this year as well as fuel her campaign to drive in the Korean GT series, Audi R8 LMS Cup and Sepang 12 Hour.
A definite podium finish was on the cards for Natasha in Race 2 of the MSS until marshals signalled her for an unnecessary drive through penalty.
Starting the day in very good spirits, the team worked hard throughout the night to fit a new driveshaft to her Radical SR8, and a new roll bar for better handling.
With the addition of new tyres, Natasha was very confident of a strong finish despite starting from second-to-last, in 12th position.
Natasha already negotiated her way to clinch fifth spot before the end of the first lap, only 3.7 seconds behind the battle for fourth.
Phillip Callow, who was running in second place, spun off and out of the race not long after that, giving Natasha a boost to third.
But then the marshals signalled for her to serve a drive through penalty for what was considered a jump start.
Natasha served the penalty and re-entered the race back in 12th.
With five laps remaining, Natasha powered on and was able to catch the back of the pack within two laps, storming to ninth position.
But after the race, it was made clear that a stop-go penalty was not required and that the marshals had made a mistake by calling Natasha into the pits.
“It’s so frustrating being told after the race that I didn’t have to come into the pits during the race.
“A simple 30-second time penalty was actually applied at the end. Everything was working perfectly out there and with the new tyres I was catching everyone quite easily.
“The positive thing is that we now know how fast the car is and that I can beat most in the field.
“Considering I only had a couple of laps in pre-season testing, it was good to get back into racing and being able to do some passing,” said the 21-year-old.
The second leg of the championship will be held from May 9-11.