About Pasin Lathouras

Pasin kicked off his racing career, where else but in karts, in 2006 at 13 years old. Driving 4-stroke karts, he quickly showed natural ability behind the wheel. Within months he took part in a 24-hour kart endurance race at Bira Circuit, showing a natural physical and mental propensity for long-distance racing that would soon become a career hallmark.

Those first flashes of promise turned into trophies a year later as he won the important 6-hour endurance race at Bira Circuit. In parallel Pasin started to drive competition 2-stroke karts, engaging in three seasons of racing (from 2007 to 2009) in the major Thai karting championships (National, SKT, Rotax Challenge) along with regular additional participations in the regional Asian Karting Open Championship where he competed against South-East Asian's best racers.

Karting brought Pasin many victories, podiums and important titles. In 2008 he was second runner-up in Thailand’s National Tag Junior and Rotax Super Max DD2 while a year later he won a double championship – F125A and Rotax Challenge DD2. In fact dominated the latter, which won him a ticket to represent Thailand in the Rotax World Finals held that year in Egypt.

For 2010 Pasin – who lists badminton, tennis and football amongst his sporting hobbies – stepped up a gear, signing for the front-running MeritusGP team in Formula BMW Pacific, the region’s leading single-seater championship. A year later, 2011, the series was reborn as Formula JK Racing, thanks to the title sponsorship of JK Tyre, and for his second campaign a switch to the Eurasia team continued to blend learning with results.

Running in this competitive series, where all Asia’s successful professional drivers cut their teeth, had the added benefit of thrusting the youngster into the deep end of the regions leading race tracks such as Sepang and Shanghai, while it also took him to the Singapore Grand Prix as Formula JK supported the F1 Grand Prix.

Pasin was to open up a new chapter in his career in 2012, and one that would really allow him to unlock his talent and flourish as a driver – as he swapped the open cockpit for sports cars to contest the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific. The results weren’t long coming either, in his first race, at Suzuka in Japan, he was 5th in Race 1 and then onto the podium in Race 2 with a fighting 3rd place. The next round at Shanghai saw him collect his first win and in fact after the Chinese races he wouldn’t finish outside of the top-3 again.

On the series’ visit to Sepang he claimed his best result of the season with a win and runners-up spot from the two races. He was also runner-up at the Singapore F1 Grand Prix supporting race and it was the same story at the ‘Finali Mondiali Ferrari’ at Valencia’s Ricardo Tormo Circuit (Spain).

That gave Pasin the vice-championship position, wrapping up an impressive debut season in the hard-fought series. In fact he finished in the top-3 in 8 out of the year’s 10 races and in the top-5 in every race.

Along the way he also finished a highly impressive 4th overall in the prestigious 12-hour Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) at Sepang behind the wheel of an AF Corse-entered Ferrari 458 GT3.

2013 opened with Pasin again competing in the Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific where he quickly picked up wins and moved into the lead of the championship. He also joined the inaugural Thailand Super Series, driving a Ferrari 458 GT3 while also contesting a round of the Superstars GTSprint series and taking a double podium at Italy’s legendary Autodromo Monza. Pasin also contesting the MMER race again this year, with AF Corse, driving along stars names Mika Salo and Michele Rugolo. The trio led for more than half the 12-hour race and eventually battled back from a hub failure to finish third. By September Pasin had sealed his first major career title, the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific Championship 2013, wrapping it up in style with five straight wins. The same month he also joined GT Asia Series and immediately won his first two races.

In 2014 Pasin drove for AF Corse in the British GT Championship, sharing the #29 Ferrari 458 GT3 with Richard Lyons. Pasin finished on the podium in his first race in the championship, which took place at Oulton Park; he also qualified on the front row of the grid during his first season in Europe. Pasin also undertook a late-year limited programme in International GT Open, again with AF Corse. He sensational won on his debut at Spa-Francorchamps and then finished on the podium in his second and final International GT Open race at Monza. Pasin ended the year with his debut in the Macau GT Cup race and also made his first race start in the United States, at Petit Le Mans.

In 2015 Pasin stepped up to contest International GT Open, one of the leading pan-European sportscar series, again driving for AF Corse and partnered with Italian driver Michele Rugolo. The season was hugely rewarding as Pasin won three championship races plus the standalone non-championship ‘Winter Series’ race and finished on the podium nine times. He was never out of the top two positions in the championship all season long despite being up against many highly experienced professional rivals and he eventually took the Vice Champions spot.

It was his best racing season to date and it was capped by his biggest racing achievement so far, winning Pro-Am at the 24 Hours of Spa. The season started with the 24 Hours of Daytona where Pasin and his teammates also led before mechanical issues saw them turn in one of the fight backs of the race and the year ended with a top ten finish in the inaugural FIA GT World Cup and the highest placed amateur driver.

This year Pasin will contest the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, stepping up to a new Ferrari 488 GT3; that’s going to pit him against some of the best drivers in the world and leading factory teams. It's going to be another tough learning year for the 22 year old but he's relishing his latest challenge.