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SEAN EDWARDS FOUNDATION: 5 QUESTIONS WITH PASIN LATHOURAS

Pasin was born in Bangkok Thailand in 1993 and started out in where else but karting, after a very successful career in Karts he moved to single seaters again being very successful, winning numerous races and racing at Asia’s leading race tracks i.e. Sepang, Shangai and Singapore, in 2012 Pasin switched to GT racing with Ferrari and hasn’t looked back since, competing in Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, GT Asia Series, British GT, International GT Open and the Blancpain Endurance Series with AF Corse racing a Ferrari 488 GT3, Pasin became a SEF Ambassador in 2015.

SEF: What’s your favourite circuit and why?

PL: Spa, because it is a very demanding circuit in which the weather can play a big influence on the outcome of the race.

SEF: What do think about motorsport safety? Do you feel it’s too strict with aspects like run offs for instance or should more be being done?

PL: I think motorsport safety is becoming a bit too restricted for the track itself. I truly believe that safety is very important for the driver and spectator, but fundamentally, the risk and excitement at each track gives racing its charm.

SEF: Your best ever race; where and when was it?

PL: Spa 24 Hours in 2015.

SEF: Who is your motorsport hero?

PL: Alex Zanardi, because his love for motorsport overcomes all obstacles life throws at him.

SEF: What is the best race car you have ever driven?

PL: I have only raced in Ferraris so I can’t help but be a bit biased for the time being!

SEF Statement

Tragedy strikes again at Queensland Raceway, first responders to a fatal speedway crash say Queensland Raceway had broken first aid equipment, ran out of fire extinguishers and were too slow to respond.

Two men have been killed at the Queensland Raceway situated near Ipswich, Brisbane, the men where 32 and 41 both had young families, the incident occurred on Saturday 19th August their car a Holden CV8 Monaro Turbo left the circuit and hit a concrete wall causing the car to burst into flames, onlookers included there family and friends.

This is the 3rd such incident at Queensland Raceway in the last 3 years, Sean lost his life in 2013 and then last year club racer Dennis Smith also lost his life, sources say emergency equipment either wasn’t working correctly or was not provided, not only did they run out of fire extinguishers which hampered pulling the men out from the wreckage, but their first aid knowledge was lacking in a trauma aspect and their equipment also, as there was no rebreather mask, the first defibrillator they provided did not work.

Queensland Raceway officials have quashed the claims of a sluggish response from emergency crews, Queensland Raceway chief executive John Tetley declined to comment but referred to a statement issued on Sunday.

‘It said about 90 kilograms of fire retardant was used after the driver and passenger had been extricated. The Roll Racing event, which involves racing modified street cars, is not overseen by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS).

CAMS took part in developing recommendations for Queensland Raceway following the death of Sean in 2013, at the request of deputy state coroner John Lock. It is not known if those recommendations have been implemented, and questions about this to Queensland Raceway have not been answered.

Daphne McKinley-Edwards, Founder & Chairman of the Foundation stated, “Having been through this I feel for the families put through this needlessly, preventable tragedy. There have been 4 deaths in 3 years on the same circuit, how many more will it take for the Queensland government, the International racing community, and most importantly, Queensland Raceway, to take the lives of drivers seriously? Sean’s inquest spelled out the track and safety issues that need addressing. No one can credibly claim there was nothing to be done, the similarities between this tragedy and the one that killed my son, jammed throttle, concrete walls and questions over emergency response preparedness cannot be ignored, my heart goes out to both families and loved ones at this extremely sad time”.

SEF NEEDS YOU!
Have you got some spare time on your hands to help the Foundation? We are looking for volunteers! As little or as much time as you can, any time would be greatly appreciated. If you have organisational skills and experience in events/fundraising/parties, press releases, newsletters and blogging, please get in touch.

Contact: daphne@seanedwardsfoundation.com

Full time positions also available

Source. Sean Edwards Foundation/Photo. John Patterson

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