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Race driver all revved up to go the extra mile

Posted: 28 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

SEPANG: Asia's top female race driver Natasha Seatter may model part-time but she is not just a pretty face in the Malaysian Super Series (MSS).

Denied glory by mechanical problems in the final two rounds last year, Seatter is kicking off her second season with renewed conviction – and an upgraded Radical SR8 car.

"I'm really looking forward to kicking off my campaign this weekend and am very proud to be racing at the F1 weekend in Sepang, which is my home race.

"Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is my home circuit and I thank SIC for all the support they have given me over the years. They continue to support my development in becoming the most successful Asian female race driver," said the 21-year-old, who was born in Miri, in a statement here yesterday.

In preparation for the new season, Seatter said the team had installed new gears to the Radical machine as well as a host of other mechanical adjustments to increase its reliability.

"I hope to win a few rounds at the MSS this year," she said.

The 13th edition of the MSS opened yesterday at the 2014 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang as one of the support races.

Seatter finished in third place during the qualifying session yesterday, behind Phil Callow, who took pole position, and Adrian D. Silva in second place.

Leading the championship after three rounds in her debut season last year, Seatter failed to score a single point in the remaining two rounds, reducing her to a second place in overall finish behind Hong Kong's Angus Kirkwood in the GT Open Championship.

Kirkwood will not be racing this year which raises hopes for a good show for Seatter.

Seatter, one of the only two ladies racing in the MSS this year, hopes to use the series to gain more mileage for her GT season in Korea and her ultimate goal of becoming the first woman to compete in the Australian V8 Supercar Series in 2016/17.

The opening round of MSS will feature two sprint races, offering a maximum 50 points to be won over the weekend.

The opening race is today while Race 2 will be held tomorrow morning.

Two-year-old and dad pay final respects to accident victims

Posted: 28 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

ALOR SETAR: It was a heart-wrenching moment when two-year-old Heng Sin Le, who was too young to understand what had happened, kneeled down and, with the help of family members, offered prayers to her mother and two siblings, who were killed in an accident.

Sin Le's mother Teoh Yee Wei, 36, brother Dy Hong, five, and sister Sin Ye, one, died on the spot when the MPV driven by her father Heng Cheng Hang, 37, rammed into the rear of a lorry on the North-South Expressway at 6.30am on Monday.

Heng and Sin Le survived the accident with light injuries, while the family's Filipino maid Bacuyad Shanda fractured a hand.

They were travelling back to Kuala Lumpur after visiting Heng's father.

Sin Ye was flung out of the car and died due to severe head injuries while Dy Hong, who was seated in the baby seat, died due to the impact.

Teoh, who was holding on to Sin Ye, at the back seat, also died on the spot.

The funeral for Teoh and her two children yesterday morning was held at Heng's father's house in Taman Simpang Perdana in Simpang Empat, near here.

Teoh's coffin was placed in the middle, flanked by the coffins of the children.

The distraught Heng burst into tears during the funeral rites and had to be consoled by family members.

More than 100 people attended the funeral, offering flowers and prayers.

As the coffins were carried and being put in the hearse, Heng, his parents and Teoh's mother wailed uncontrollably.

A group of journalists covering the funeral could not hold back their tears.

Teoh, Dy Hong and Sin Ye were cremated at the Prestavest Memorial Park in Pokok Sena, Alor Setar.

Heng's mother Chin Yang Hua, 69, said she was heartbroken, adding that the incident was "mia li" (fated).

During the wake on Monday, Heng said the family had just celebrated Sin Ye's birthday on March 6 and that he never missed celebrating his children's birthday every year.

M'sian likely among four trapped in Kabul guesthouse attack

Posted: 28 Mar 2014 09:00 AM PDT

KABUL: Taliban militants laid siege to a guesthouse used by foreigners here, with at least four trapped inside, after a suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of the building.

An earlier report quoting Kabul police chief Mohammad Zahir said there was a Malaysian among those trapped.

"A suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of a guesthouse and now a number of suicide bombers are apparently inside," said Hashmat Stanikzai, a spokesman for Kabul's police chief yesterday.

"A gunfight is under way. There are no reports of possible casualties," he said, adding that Afghan forces were trying to enter the building to rescue those trapped inside.

United States-based aid group Roots for Peace said it was its guesthouse under attack in Kabul, and there were still four people trapped inside, according to its country manager Hajji Mohammad Sharif Osmani.

This is the latest violence to rock the Afghan capital just over a week before its presidential election. — Agencies


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