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Alessandro Guido Latif (born 11 April 1996 in London, England) is a British/Italian race car driver. Latif is the youngest race winner of a VdeV Proto Endurance race.[1] In 2014 he competed in the Blancpain Sprint Series driving for Phoenix Racing, the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours driving an Audi R8 LMS for Flying Lizard Motorsports.[2]. Latif's early career involved an upbringing in karts and Formula Renault 2.0.[citation needed]

Alessandro Guido Latif
NationalityFlag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Flag of Italy.svg Italian
Born (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 23)
London, England
Blancpain Sprint Series career
Current teamPhoenix Racing, Flying Lizard Motorsports
Car number5
Former teamsAvelon Formula, Atech Grand Prix
Previous series
VdeV Proto Endurance, SPEED Euroseries, Formula Renault Eurocup, Formula Renault 2.0 Alps

Early lifeEdit

Latif was born on 11 April 1996 in London, England. His father is Pakistani born and mother is Italian, both whom currently reside in London, England. Latif started in karting at aged 11.

Racing careerEdit

KartsEdit

Latif's karting career began in 2007 where he rose up the ranks to race in the international scene. As well as developing his race craft he achieved notable success in British and European events, as well as in World Karting.[3]

Single Seater'sEdit

In 2012 Latif moved to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and Formula Renault 2.0 Alps driving for Atech Grand Prix completing 8 races.[citation needed]

Sports car racingEdit

Latif signed with Avelon Formula to drive a CN2 (per the Group CN classification) Sports prototype in the VdeV Championship for the remainder of the 2012 season, where he won his inaugural race in the 4 Heures du Castellet.[4]

In 2013, Latif remained with Avelon Formula in the VdeV Championship, while also competing in the opening rounds of the SPEED Euroseries. Latif won the 6 Hours of Mugello with teammate Ivan Bellarosa in front of the teams home crowd.[5] They later went on to win the opening rounds of the Speed Euroseries at the Hungaroring.[6]

In 2014 Latif signed with Flying Lizard Motorsports to race at the Daytona 24 Hours in the number 35 Audi R8 LMS, where they finished 5th in the GTD class.[7]

Latif competed in the 2014 12 Hours Sebring in Florida on 12–15 March, where they finished 8th in the GTD class.[8]

Latif also joins with Phoenix Racing for Blancpain Sprint Series alongside Marc Basseng.[9][unreliable source?][10]

Latif was set to race a Nissan Zytec in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on 14–15 June with the Greaves Motorsport Team.[11] However, after starting 26th on the 54-car grid, the team achieved a top 10 position before their efforts were thwarted after a blameless collision by a co-driver on lap 31 ended the race for them.[12]

Racing recordEdit

US Endurance resultsEdit

Year Race Team Co-Drivers Car Class Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Daytona 24 Hours   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Seth Neiman
  Dion von Moltke
  Filipe Albuquerque
Audi R8 LMS GTD 22nd 5th
2014 Sebring 12 Hours   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Nelson Canache Jr.
  Spencer Pumpelly
  Markus Winkelhock
Audi R8 LMS GTD 33rd 8th
2014 Petit Le Mans   Flying Lizard Motorsports   Seth Neiman
  Dion von Moltke
Audi R8 LMS GTD 36th 12th

Blancpain Sprint Series resultsEdit

Year Race Team Co-Drivers Car Class Pro Am
Qual. Race Pos.
Pro Am
Main Race Pos.
Overall
Qual. Race Pos.
Overall
Main Race Pos.
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Nogaro (Circuit Paul Armagnac)   Phoenix Racing   Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS GT3 n/a n/a 11th 9th
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Brands Hatch (Brands Hatch)   Phoenix Racing   Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS GT3 1st 1st 10th 11th
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Zandvoort (Zandvoort)   Phoenix Racing   Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS GT3 2nd 2nd 10th 13th
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Slovakia Ring (Automotodróm Slovakia Ring)   Phoenix Racing   Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS GT3 1st 1st 8th 7th
2014 Blancpain Sprint Series at Portimao (Portimao Circuit)   Phoenix Racing   Marc Basseng Audi R8 LMS GT3 1st 1st 11th 8th

Note: classified as Pro for the Nogaro race

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014   Greaves Motorsport   Michael Munemann
  James Winslow
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 31 DNF DNF

Pro Mazda ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2015 World Speed Motorsports STP
9
STP
17
LOU
10
LOU
C
BAR
12
BAR
12
IMS
13
IMS
14
IMS
14
LOR
10
TOR
9
TOR
13
IOW
13
MOH
14
MOH
11
LAG
12
LAG
15
13th 140

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ivan Bellarosa : Une grande satisfaction au Paul Ricard". endurance-info.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Flying Lizard Announces Rolex 24 Lineup". IMSA. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Alessandro takes clean sweep at Genk". Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Wolf GBO8 victory 4hrs du Castellet". wolfracingcars.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Mugello Protos : Wolf (Bellarosa/Latif)". endurance-info.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Latif-Bellarosa win in Hungary". speedeuroseries.com. Archived from the original on 22 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Flying Lizard Completes Rolex 24 at Daytona". Lizardms.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Marlborough College student Alessandro Latif an honourable 8th in 12 Hours of Sebring". Wilts & Gloucestershire Standard. Retrieved 17 March 2014.
  9. ^ "@AlessandroLatif". twitter.com.
  10. ^ "Latif to contest Blancpain "Sprint" series in Phoenix Racing Audi". boxscorenews.com. Retrieved 21 March 2014.
  11. ^ Morshead, Sam. "Student Latif handed Le Mans chance". This is Wiltshire. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Latif's Le Mans dream stalls after accident". Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard. Retrieved 15 June 2014.

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