Pasin Lathouras announces that he has secured an entry to compete in the second edition of the ‘FIA GT World Cup’, which will take place as part of the prestigious Macau Grand Prix weekend, from 17-20 November 2016.
Pasin will drive a Ferrari 488 GT3 for Spirit of Race. The confirmation of Pasin’s entry comes during a very difficult time for Thailand as the country mourns the loss of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Pasin’s Ferrari will carry a specially revised livery to pay respects to King Rama IX.
The FIA GT World Cup initiative was introduced by the FIA last year at Macau and Pasin also gained an entry for the race. He enjoyed an excellent event to finish the ‘world final’ race in tenth place, the only non-professional driver in the top ten as well as being the youngest competitor in the field.
The FIA GT World Cup aims to bring the best sportscar drivers, teams and cars together for a spectacular end of season event. As well as professional drivers there is a succession of factory teams. It was a showstopper of the Macau Grand Prix weekend last year and this will be the second consecutive year the event has been handed ‘World Cup’ status by the FIA.
This month President of the FIA GT Commission Christian Schacht, has explained that the World Cup status of the event was a major drawcard for teams and drivers. “GT3 race meetings take place on the best circuits in the world, but in holding the FIA GT World Cup event at the Macau Grand Prix we have captured a unique racing heritage and one of the most exciting motorsport backdrops,” he said.
“It is an end-of-year showcase of talent and a showdown for the best manufacturers, customer teams and drivers,” Schacht continued. “Judging by the quality and variety of entries the second running of the race will cement the world cup as a fixture on the global motorsport calendar.”
According to a statement from the FIA: “The FIA GT World Cup sees teams and drivers pushing the limits further than in any other calendar GT race. In contrast with multi-stint endurance events where compromises are required, Macao’s single driver status means cars are tuned precisely to their driver and specified aggressively for the short event.”
This will represent the fourth consecutive year that the 22-year-old Thai has driven a ‘GT’ car at Macau, the first two years were in the Macau GT Cup while last year he was entered into the inaugural FIA GT World Cup. Pasin has also raced on the famous Guia Circuit, which winds around the streets of Macau, in junior single seater formula earlier in his career.
This season Pasin has raced in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup for AF Corse with a highlight of his debut year being the runners up spot in the Paul Ricard 1000 km.
Pasin Lathouras: “It’s been a very difficult couple of weeks for the whole of Thailand and I like to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of His Majesty. It’s really good news to have been accepted into the FIA GT World Cup event again and I would like to thank the organisers, as well as AF Corse and my sponsors for this all coming together. I will do my very best to represent Thailand and I hope I can get a good result in Macau.”