WHO’S THE FASTEST LADY ON THE TRACK?
Pitting Malaysia’s top lady racers including Asia’s fastest lady driver, Natasha Seatter and former Asian Classic Car Challenge (ACCC) champion Nurul Husna Nasharuddin, the inaugural Superwoman Sprint GP Race has all the ingredients to grow as the country’s top motor racing event.
Originating from a casual conversation after a fun kart session for bragging rights, the first ‘100 percent’ Battle of the Lady Karters has attracted top drivers, who would go into battle at the new Superkart Indoor Karting in Semenyih, Selangor this Saturday (February 20).
Delighted with the response for the maiden event, Chief organizer Michael Ang is hopeful that the event will grow into an annual affair.
But, he was quick to say that it was still too early to predict; saying that his team would rather focus on this Saturday’s event first before making other plans.
“So far for this Saturday’s event, we have confirmed participation of Natasha, Nurul, Siti Shahkirah (Shaharul), Geraldine Read and Gina Finanza, who are regulars at the racing track. We are hopeful more will join us and support this event this Saturday. We are very excited and very delighted that we actually managed to host this special event.
“We found that the number of lady drivers has increased. So, we hope that we can gather all lady drivers who like motorsport to start their racing activities through karting. We hope to encourage more and more ladies driver to join racing activities and gain more racing experience.
“We have created a special Facebook page for the event. Hopefully, all the lady drivers out there including first timers can join us. We have created various categories to ensure a level playing field and make sure everybody has a good time,” added Michael, who runs the karting facility.
Top in her Petronas Formula Xperience class and a former Asian Karting Open Champion, Natasha won the Formula Gulf 1000 Series in 2013 to earn the title as Asia’s fastest lady and had competed in various international championship. Nurul Husna, on the other hand, competed locally in the ACC and Malaysia Championship Series at Sepang International Circuit.
While prowess and skills on the racing will be an advantage, top Malaysian driver Mark Darwin, who is a regular at the Superkart Indoor Karting, said that the competition this Saturday will be an open affair.
“It’s a cement track. Very different from a tarmac track where the grip level is not very high. Go kart is all about getting the maximum grip at all times. Getting a good grip in a cement floor finish is tedious. If you’re fast on the tarmac circuit, it’s not necessary you will be fast there,” said the 2015 MCS champion.
Also a regular at the track, Nurul Husna echoed the sentiments expressed by Darwin.
”It’s a very tricky track. Anyone can drive well but not everyone can drive fast. It needs to have a balance of fast and precise. There is no such thing as a deadly corner for the track; but only the draggy corner. You can be the fastest if you tackle the corner right; and you can also be the slowest if you take it wrongly,” added Nurul Husna.
Opened in May last year, the Superkart Indoor Karting is Malaysia’s largest indoor go-kart center. With a total length of 350 meters and as wide as 8 meters, the track lay out is changeable to ensure karters have a fresh and challenging feeling. Karts with CRG racing chassis with 4-stroke engine are used at the facility; giving a maximum speed of up to 60km/hour.