Pasin Lathouras is pleased to announce details of his 2015 racing programme. This will be his second year racing in Europe and he will contest a full season of International GT Open (7 rounds) driving a Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 for AF Corse.
International GT Open is one of the most prestigious and competitive European sportscar championships and it has added importance as all rounds take place on iconic racetracks, including Silverstone, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona.
The 21-year-old Thai driver recently took part in two International GT Open pre season tests, at Jerez (February) and Paul Ricard (March). The latter venue also saw the official International GT Open Winter Series Race take place and Pasin got the year off to a perfect start by claiming victory in the 1-hour race. His teammate in the AF Corse Ferrari was Michele Rugolo.
The Italian driver will now share the car with Pasin for the full season, which should make a strong driver lineup.
The 2015 International GT Open season will start at Paul Ricard later this month (25-26 April) before moving onto Estoril (9-10 May), Silverstone (6-7 June), Red Bull Ring (4-5 July), Spa-Francorchamps (5-6 September) and Monza (3-4 October) before concluding in Barcelona (31 October-1 November). Pasin has already raced on four of the circuits, but Estoril, the Red Bull Ring and Barcelona will all be completely new to him.
It’s already been a busy year for Pasin as he contested the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with AF Corse back in January. After fighting up into the GT-D lead of the legendary endurance race early on, resolving mechanical problems sent the car into the pit garage and right to the back of the field. That prompted one of the fightbacks of the race as the Thai and his three teammates battled for almost 20 hours to pull back lap after lap and finish in a very rewarding fourth place.
This will be Pasin’s second season in Europe and his fourth in sportscars after his early career was spent in karts and formula cars. In 2012 he switched to sportscars and contested the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific where he emerged as vice champion and a year later he went one better and was crowned champion. In early 2014 he transferred his university studies to England to further his racing career outside Asia and contested the British GT Championship. A tough learning year it however brought podiums and front row starts and that sets him up perfectly to step up to international GT open.
In fact as a toe dipper he took part in two International GT open races late last year with a GTS class Ferrari, at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza. Pasin sensationally won his GT Open debut race in Belgium and followed that up with another podium in Italy. Clearly the Thai youngster was ready for the new challenge.
Alongside his main focus on international GT open this year Pasin will also take part in at least two more one off prestige races, which will be announced at a later date.
Pasin Lathouras: “I’m very pleased to be joining AF Corse again this year and to undertake a full season in GT Open. This is my second year racing in Europe and GT Open is a great step up for me. The two races I did last year in the series was a good taster, it was very competitive and to get a debut win was really nice as well. It’s going to be good to race with Michele this year, he’s quick and will set a great benchmark for me to aim at, and we had a nice start in Paul Ricard in the Winter Series Race with the win so now we must work hard to keep that momentum going and have a strong season.”