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Two New Tracks In Double Test Day For Pasin
Posted by: newsla on Mar 27, 2014 - 07:02 AM
Sports Cars
Two New Tracks In Double Test Day For Pasin

Pasin Lathouras’ pre-season track programme has now zoomed past the halfway stage following back-to-back tests at the Snetterton and Silverstone circuits while the start of the next chapter of his career, participating in the 2014 British GT Championship, is now under a month away.


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It was a very busy couple of days for Pasin, his new team mate Richard Lyons, and the AF Corse team as a one-day test at the Snetterton Circuit, Norfolk, was immediately followed by a 180 km drive to the Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire, for a second one-day test.

For the Thai youngster it was a case of another two new circuits to get to grips. That’s set to be the case all season seeing as he’s never driven on a UK racetrack before. With limited running time due to sharing the Ferrari 458 GT3 with his teammate, Pasin got his first runs in at Snetterton and Silverstone, but the learning curve ahead of him is going to remain steep all season.

Snetterton Test

First up was Snetterton; it was Pasin’s second test session of the year following a single day at Oulton Park in the North West of England earlier this month.

Snetterton Circuit was given a major upgrade three years ago with the addition of a new infield section, that’s brought the length of the new full track, now dubbed ‘Snetterton 300’, up to 4.8-km making it one of the longer tracks in the UK and offering a more challenging test for the driver.

For the 20-year-old Thai the day was really about learning the track and bedding into the team as well as working alongside his new teammate – this is overall focus of his pre season test programme. As usual he was behind the wheel of the AF Corse-run Ferrari 458 GT3 he will race this year. It was another cool English day with temperatures reaching around 15°C and but remaining dry with part cloudy skies.

Pasin Lathouras: “Both Richard and I got many laps down before lunch, using old tyres in the morning and we just started using new tyres for a couple of laps each before the lunch break. In the afternoon we both got plenty of laps on track and the car ran well and my times continued to steadily improve.”

Silverstone Test

From Snetterton it was straight onto Silverstone Circuit, the long time ‘home’ of motorsports in the UK and one of the world’s most famous racetracks, for a second consecutive one-day test. Pasin’s career ambition is to race on the legendary international circuits, he’s already competed on tracks such as Suzuka and Monza, and this year three more iconic courses will clock into view as Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Spa-Francorchamps, are all scheduled on the 2014 British GT Championship calendar.

For Pasin, the reigning Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific champion, the Silverstone test was again a case of working to learn the new track, continuing to run alongside his new teammate and for both drivers and team to also take a look at setups.

The 5.891-km, 18-turn Silverstone Circuit has played host to the British F1 Grand Prix since 1948 and poses a demanding, high-speed challenge to the driver.

The weather was almost identical to the previous day at Snetterton with the temperatures reaching the mid-teens in the afternoon and the sky remaining part cloudy.

Pasin Lathouras: “It’s a really nice track, it’s wide and so it was challenging for me to find the right line because of that, but my times were okay. We didn’t get as much as practice as I had hoped for as it was a shared day so for the whole day we had 45 minutes practice then it was the single-seaters’ practice for the next 45 minutes. So in the end we only had four sessions of 45 minutes each and we had to divide between Richard and I, that didn’t give much time on the track. But I enjoyed driving this circuit and I’m really looking forward to racing here this season.”

Pasin’s pre season test schedule

04/03/2014 Oulton Park (completed)

19/03/2014 Snetterton (completed)

20/03/2014 Silverstone (completed)

01/04/2014 Spa-Francorchamps (TBC)

08/04/2014 Donington Park

2014 British GT Championship Calendar

19-21/04/2014 Oulton Park (GB) – 1 hour race (2)

04-05/05/2014 Rockingham (GB) – 2 hour race (1)

31-01/06/2014 Silverstone (GB) – 3 hour race (1)

21-22/06/2014 Snetterton (GB) – 1 hour race (2)

11-12/07/2014 Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) – 1 hour race (2)

30-31/08/2014 Brands Hatch (GB) – 2 hour race (1)

13-14/09/2014 Donington Park (GB) – 2 hour race (1)

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