Fresh from a highly impressive result in the Daytona 24 Hours, Pasin Lathouras has turned his attention back to Europe and started the build up to his 2015 racing programme by participating in the first test of International GT Open’s ‘Winter Series’.
The test, at the Circuito de velocidad de Jerez de la Frontera in Southern Spain, has taken place over two days, 20-21 February. It is the first of three tests that make up GT Open’s ‘Winter Series’ programme.
Pasin turned out for AF Corse as he continues his racing career with the Italian team for a third consecutive season. Last year in fact he took in two rounds of International GT Open, at Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, and made a superb winning start to that short programme at the Belgian track before following that up with another podium in Italy.
The International GT Open programme at Jerez comprised of four 55-minute free practice sessions on each day, making eight sessions in total – and that added up to nearly seven and a half hours of track time.
Day 1 (February 20)
The first day of testing saw Pasin make a great start on his first ever visit to the Spanish racetrack. Along with teammate Michele Rugolo, the pair topped the time sheets in two of the four 55-minute duration sessions. The Thai driver was certainly getting to grips with the 4.428-km, 13-turn circuit right on schedule.
The #54 AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 sat out the second session of the day and posted P2 time in the other session (the opening session).
Day 2 (February 21)
Rain came in overnight and the teams woke up to a wet Jerez, which changed the complexion of the test. However with a full day’s running in the dry already under his belt, the Thai youngster was able to try the circuit – which is a former home of the Spanish and European F1 Grands Prix – in wet conditions.
Pasin and Michele were able to continue to post competitive, session topping times in the wet conditions and wrap up the two-day test in a positive manner, the track drying out in time for the final session of the day.
The 21-year-old Thai driver will take part in the second of the three tests that make up the International GT Open ‘Winter Series’. That will be held at Paul Ricard Circuit on 6-7 March, but due to university commitments he will skip the final test at Barcelona.
Pasin Lathouras: “We had a good two days of practice in Jerez and for sure I like the track. Michelle and I both had good consistent performances during the test and I’m happy with what we achieved. Now I look forward to Paul Ricard in a couple of week’s time.”
Source. FastTrack Media/Photo. International GT Open