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Formula Gulf 1000Nick Canal has been crowned 2012/13 Formula Gulf 1000 Champion after taking two safe finishes in Rounds 13 & 14 of this extremely competitive single seater series. But it was Malaysian drivers Rahul Mayer and Weiron Tan who took the top step of the podium in rounds 13 & 14 respectively.

Running in parallel to the official Championship was a second competition, the GulfSport Trophy. This was also decided in the very last race when Natasha Seatter picked up yet another 2nd place finish which gave her a 2 point lead over Rahul Mayer to pick up the prestigious GulfSport Trophy.

Round 13 was notable for the poor start that Caterham F1 Academy driver Wei Ron Tan made which left him a huge amount of work to do after spinning at the first turn after contact with Saeed Bintouq. The race was won by Mayer, followed by Seatter and Tan.

Round 14 saw Wei Ron Tan get the holeshot from the second row to go on to win the race from Seatter who got past pole man Mayer to take second place. Rahul Mayer finished 3rd.

At the awards ceremony it was announced that Natasha Seatter has been offered a professional drive in the Asia Porsche Carrera Cup series, Wei Ron Tan is moving up to Formula Renault in the UK, and Rahul Mayer is about to start in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship. A fourth Formula Gulf 1000 driver is expected to announce a significant move in the next week when the sponsorship deal is finalized.

As a professionally run driver development series this is a great achievement for GulfSport Racing who run the FG1000 series and provides a strong inventive for new drivers looking to take up single seater racing in the UAE. GulfSport Racing’s team principal said “We are extremely grateful to the parents and sponsors for supporting these very talented young drivers. I have no doubt we will see them making successful racing careers and its been a pleasure to help them on their way. We now look forward to training the next batch of the region’s best racers.”

Natasha SeatterFormula Gulf 1000 ( has clearly attracted some of the most talented young racing drivers from around the UAE and Malaysia. At the Dubai Motorsport Festival, held on the 5.4kms GP Circuit, it was 16 year old Nick Canal (Spain) who took pole position with a blistering lap of 2:02.366 a full second quicker than second fastest driver,16 year old Rahul Mayer (Malaysia).

But it was the more experienced Malaysian driver Natasha Seatter who made a flying start from the second row to take the inside line at Turn One which saw poleman Canal running wide, spinning and returning to the circuit in last place. This incident slowed the pack whilst Seatter got clean away and put in the first of a series of fast laps that built to a 20second lead as she took the chequered flag. Canal did very well to work his way back through the pack, but ran out of laps in his quest to catch young Rahul Mayer who finished 2nd.

The grid for Round 6 was based on the finishing order of the previous race which saw Seatter on pole taking and demonstrating her party trick – a blisteringly fast first lap on cold tyres. Now where have we seen that before! Mayer got away well from the front row but with Canal desperate to get past him and chase down Seatter. At the end of the first lap Canal was already in second place with only a three second gap to the leader. From lap three, Canal put in laps consistently around three tenths faster than Seatter which put him just 0.472 of a second behind her at the chequered flag! Rookie drivers Rahul Mayer and Saeed Bintouq finished in 3rd and 4th separated by just three seconds after a 50 kilometer race! Haytham Sultan and Harsh Rajpal also put in great laps to finish in 5th and 6th place respectively.

Team Principal Barry Hope said “The second race was particularly exciting but you have to be impressed with the quality of the driving from all of them. Nick Canal is now able to run with Natasha for speed but she always has a great first lap and gives both him and Rahul a lot of work to do. Some great lap time improvement was also evident from Saeed Bintouq although he is still on a step learning curve and getting faster every race.”

Round 5
1st Natasha Seatter
2nd Rahul Maher
3rd Nick Canal
4th Saeed Bintouq
5th Haytham Sultan Al Ali
6th Harsh Rajpal
DNS Weiron Tan

Round 6
1st Natasha Seatter
2nd Nick Canal
3rd Rahul Mayer
4th Saeed Bintouq
5th Haytham Sultan Al Ali
6th Harsh Rajpal
DNS Weiron Tan

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Natasha SeatterNatasha Seatter from Malaysia took back to back wins in rounds 3 & 4 of the Formula Gulf 1000 racing series. Natasha, who at only 19 became the first female ever to win an event at the prestigious Yas Marina F1 circuit in Abu Dhabi, proudly stood atop the podium with the Malaysian flag dropped over her shoulders.

Quipped Tasha,
“I found the Yas track technically challenging with range of corner designs and chicanes but my race pace was good and and my lap times just got faster as the race progressed. I am delighted and grateful to have such a superb team to work with”

In fact Natasha set the fastest lap in lap 21 of the 22 lap event and only female racing in this single seater series in the UAE.

Natasha has now won the four rounds of the series and is currently leading the Championship. She is undisputedly SE.Asia and now Middle East fastest female racing driver. The next round is on dec 14 at Dubai Autodrome.