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Pasin All Set For 'Silverstone 500'
Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 03:12 PM
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Pasin All Set For 'Silverstone 500'

Pasin Lathouras faces his next big challenge this coming weekend as the British GT Championship pitches up at one of the world's most iconic racetracks for its third – and headlining – round of the season, the ‘Silverstone 500’.


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There will be plenty of unique twists too. This race, at 3 hours duration, will be the longest of the British GT season and there are a massive 38 frontline 'GT' racecars on the bumper entry list, while the Thai youngster will have a new teammate, rapid Italian driver Alessandro Pier Giudi.

Alessandro is deputising for Richard Lyons in the cockpit of the #29 AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3 as the Briton has a prior commitment in the Japanese GT Series and will thus miss two rounds this year, Silverstone being the first. It means that Pasin will have to get used to working with the Italian right from the moment the lights go green for the opening free practice session on Saturday morning. However his experienced new teammate will bring plenty of sportscar racing experience to the partnership, as well as Ferrari knowledge.

With a new driver to share the cockpit, Pasin goes into the weekend having shown strong form over the opening three rounds of the 2014 British GT Championship season as he continues to have to work fast to find his feet in this highly competitive series.

The Thai, with Richard alongside, has finished all the races so far in the top 10, crossing the finishline twice in the podium positions (including the runners up spot in the very first race of the year) and that's despite the #29 car carrying more additional weight than almost all the other competitors. With that scenario in mind the youngster will be looking to turn in another steady race run and add more points.

However Pasin also hopes that this weekend will be something of a ‘bounce back’ after a difficult last round at Rockingham Speedway earlier this month when the #29 car was handed a 10 second time penalty post-race and the drivers weren't awarded points. That means that Pasin will need to work extra hard this weekend to reassert himself amongst the front-runners in the championship points standings.

Just like every other circuit on the British GT calendar this year, it will be the first time he will have raced at Silverstone, although Pasin can count on a day's testing here last month which gave him his first opportunity to learn the demanding track.

Pasin said earlier this week that he's particularly looking forward to this race. Silverstone is amongst a small handful of the world’s most legendary racetracks and has hosted a Grand Prix since 1948, as well as being the venue of the first ever FIA Formula 1 race.

All the greatest drivers in history have raced here and tamed this high-speed 5.891-km, 18-turn circuit and so Pasin must get to grips with some of the most fearsome corners in motorsport folklaw if he is to take his career forward. Stowe, Copse, Maggots, Becketts, Luffield, Brooklands, Chapel and Woodcote are each legendary names to motor racing fans and Pasin must master everyone of them over the two day event. The 20-year-old will certainly have a steep learning curve ahead over the coming days.

This weekend will arguably represent Pasin's biggest career challenge to date and he's already relishing mixing it up once again with the best drivers in the British GT Championship, which is regarded by many in motorsport as the strongest domestic sportscar series in the world.

Pasin has always said that he want to race on the most famous and demanding racetracks in the world and on Sunday afternoon he will tick off another name on a growing list that already includes racing on F1 tracks such as Monza, Suzuka and Singapore's ‘night race’ street circuit.

The ‘Silverstone 500’ is the jewel in the crown of the 2014 British GT Championship season and a bumper entry is on the cards with a mega 38 GT racecars committed to the weekend. As well as Ferrari the GT brands on the entry list include McLaren, BMW, Audi, Bentley, Nissan, Porsche, Aston Martin, Toyota, Lotus and Ginetta, all piloted by a mix of fast, proven professionals blended with upcoming amateur drivers.

The track action gets underway with two 1-hour long free practice sessions the day after tomorrow (Saturday, May 31) from 0930-1030 (all times GMT) and 1150-1250 respectively before the single qualifying session takes place from 1605-1650. Raceday (Sunday, June 1) kicks off with the short and sharp ‘warm-up’ session (1010-1020) before the ‘Silverstone 500’, the third round of the 2014 British GT Championship, is scheduled to go to green lights at 1415 with the checkered flag waving three hours later at 1715.

Pasin Lathouras: I'm really looking forward to this race, to race at Silverstone has to be any driver's dream and it's certainly been one of mine. I had a test day here a few weeks ago and I loved the circuit immediately, it’s challenging and very fast and so wide that I have to really work to learn the best lines. I’m also very happy with the team, they have been so professional this year and I have learnt a lot from them and it will also be interesting to work alongside another experienced driver. However we have a lot of extra weight to carry so, realistically, we will have to aim to keep close to the fight for the points positions, see how the race plays out over the three hours and to make sure we have a very good strategy.”

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