Natasha Seatter wins at Dubai in 2012
Most of the entries in this post have been split off from Circuit Racers in Southeast Asia.
Alexandra Asmasoebrata - Indonesian driver who has competed up to international Formula Renault level. After several years of karting, she first drove in the Asian Formula Renault Challenge in 2006, aged eighteen. She was 24th overall after participating in seven races.
In 2008, she reappeared in AFR, after a year spent karting. She was twelfth this time, with a best finish of fifth, at Zhuhai. A shorter season in 2009 meant that eighth was her best finish, also at Zhuhai, a feat she repeated in 2010. In 2011, she drove in both the Asian Formula Renault Challenge and Formula Pilota in China. She was third in Formula Renault. Unfortunately, she only entered four races in 2012: three rounds of Asian Formula Renault. Her finishes were two sevenths, and two DNFs. In 2013, she took part in Asian Formula Renault, entering six races and earning two thirds and four fourths. She was fourth overall. In the near future, she hopes to race in Formula Three.
Michele Bumgarner - based in the Philippines. She is a multiple karting champion, in southeast Asia and America, and started racing at ten. In 2006, she raced in Asian F3, finishing eleventh overall, third in the Promotion class and fourth in the National class. This was prior to a move to America in 2007, in order to further her single-seater ambitions. At the beginning of 2008, she did some training at the Jim Russell racing school and trials for Indy Lights. In the end, she settled for Formula Mazda for 2008. Her Indy lights testing appeared to have paid off, however; she was selected for the NexGen team’s driver development scheme and was set to compete in Indy Lights in 2009. However, the deal fell through, and she returned to karting. She made a small return to Formula Mazda in 2013, entering two races and finishing ninth in one.
Akiko Kobayashi - raced in Asian Formula BMW in 2003. She was not one of the front-runners, but finished most rounds, and managed to score a few top-ten positions. Her best finish seems to have been eighth, at Goldenport.
Gaby de la Merced - Filipino driver who came second in Philippine National Formula 3 in 2006, as well as thirteenth in Asian Formula 3. Her best finish in the Asian series was seventh. Prior to 2006, she raced in Formula Toyota and Production touring cars in the Philippines. She was runner-up in Formula Toyota in 2004 and Production class runner-up in the three saloon championships she entered in 2003. She first raced saloons in 2002 after two seasons in slalom and autocross. Between 2006 and 2009, she does not appear to have raced, and concentrated on her TV career. She made her comeback, racing a Honda in SSCA endurance races in the USA, in 2009. Since then, she has done some drifting, and more media work.
Diana Poon - Hong Kong driver who entered several of the big southeast Asian races in the 1970s. In 1976, she became the first female driver to race in the Macau Guia, in a single-seater. She was also part of the only couple to race against each other there, with her husband, Albert Poon. Her car was a Formula 3 machine, but its make and model are unclear, as is her finishing position. Later, in 1979, she drove a Brabham BT40, with some small successes. She was apparently based in Malaysia that year. Her best finish was fifth, in the Penang Grand Prix, and she was also ninth in the Malaysian Grand Prix. She did not finish the Selangor Grand Prix. After that, she seems to vanish from the starting lists.
Diana Rosario - racer from Macau who has competed sporadically in Asian Formula Renault since 2008, with a best finish of ninth in 2010. Away from Formula Renault, Diana races in Ford Formula Campus, and she won the Chinese Formula Campus championship in 2009. She has been driving since at least 2002, when she did some Asian Formula 2000 races, and she had several successful years of karting before that. During 2011, she drove in Asian Formula Renault, and was fifth overall. She had a quieter year in 2012, racing a Ferrari F430 in the City of Dreams Macau GT Cup. In 2013, she was linked with a drive in the Asian Le Mans series, but does not appear to have competed.
Natasha Seatter - well-travelled Malaysian driver, active since 2009. She began her career by winning all four races of the Petronas Formula Xperience rookie driver competition, in a Formula BMW. This was followed by a year in Asian Formula BMW in 2010, where she had a best finish of eighth. In 2011, she continued in Formula BMW in Asia, improving her best finish to fifth in Singapore. Her final position was tenth. She alternated this with Formula Gulf 1000 in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where she was a regular visitor to the podium. In between, she managed two rounds of Formula Pilota China in Mongolia, gaining a third place, plus another third in a guest spot in the VW Polo Cup in India. Back at home, she drove a VW Scirocco in the Merdeka Millennium endurance race, and was 19th. At the end of the 2011-12 Formula Gulf season, had won nine of her twelve races.
In the 2012-13 season, she has competed in fourteen rounds of Formula Gulf, and walked away with seven wins. She has also driven in the Macau street race, as part of Formula BMW, and in two rounds of the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup. Late in 2013, she rejoined Formula Gulf for its two Dubai races, and won both of them.
(Image from http://www.dubaiautodrome.com/tracktalk/2012/11/fg1000-double-win-for-natasha-seatter/)