Mateo Llarena

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Mateo Llarena (born February 26, 2004) is a racing driver from Guatemala. He is rated as Silver by the FIA and an official Gulf Oil Driver. In 2021 Llarena made his debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.[1]He also was named a 2021 Lamborghini Junior Factory Driver.[2]

Mateo Llarena
Born February 26, 2004
Age 17
FIA Rating Silver
Current Series IMSA WeatherTech

SportsCar Championship

Racing Career[edit]

Llarena began go karting at the age of four. He collected four National Karting Championships, the FIA Americas Award before transitioning to open wheel racing. By age 14 Llarena was competing in FIA Formula 4.[3]

In 2019 he won the National Motorsport Championship at 15 years old making him the youngest in history to win this tournament in Guatemala and Central America, earning his second FIA Americas Award. The 2019 season also saw Llarena receive an invitation from Porsche AG to participate in the 2020 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Europe Championship. He was paired with the European based team, MRS-GT, and finished 17th overall in the championship.[4]

Career Timeline[edit]

[5]
Year Highlight
Pre-2016
  • 2014 National Karting Champion
  • FIA Americas Award Winner
2016
  • National Karting Champion
2017
  • National Karting Vice-Champion
2018
  • FIA NACAM Formula 4
  • GT3 Cup Trophy Argentina
2019
  • Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Europe
  • National Motorsport Champion
  • 2 x National Karting Champion
  • FIA Americas Award Winner
2021
  • Lamborghini Junior Driver[2]
  • IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debut
  • Youngest Motul Pole Award Recipient[6]

[7][8][9][10]

References[edit]

[11] [12] [13] [14] [15]

  1. Oreovicz, John; Service, IMSA Wire (February 26, 2021). "Young Drivers Barely Old Enough for Licenses Shake Things Up in IMSA WeatherTech Series' LMP3 Class". Autoweek.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lamborghini Young Driver and GT3 Junior Programs 2021 members announced". www.lamborghini.com. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  3. "Mateo Llarena | Racing career profile | Driver Database". www.driverdb.com.
  4. "Mateo Llarena turns professional at only 16 years of age". PorscheSport | Latest Motorsport News & Interviews.
  5. "Mateo Llarena turns professional at only 16 years of age". PorscheSport | Latest Motorsport News & Interviews.
  6. "Ricky Taylor Scores Another DPi Watkins Glen Pole". SPEED SPORT. 2021-07-02. Retrieved 2021-12-13.
  7. "Porsche Mateo Llarena - Porsche USA". Porsche HOME - Porsche USA. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  8. "Mateo Llarena | Racing career profile | Driver Database". www.driverdb.com. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  9. "Performance Tech Motorsports - Motorsports". Performance Tech Motorsports. Retrieved 2020-12-30.
  10. sportscar365.com https://sportscar365.com/imsa/iwsc/llarena-signs-with-performance-tech-for-rolex-24/. Retrieved 2020-12-30. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. "Taylor claims pole for WTR at Watkins Glen". July 2, 2021.
  12. "Mateo Llarena se confirma como el piloto más joven en ganar una Pole Position en la IMSA – Prensa Libre".
  13. "Histórico: Guatemalteco de 17 años ganó la pole position de famosa carrera en Nueva York". Guatemala.com.
  14. "Mateo Llarena finaliza quinto en Watkins Glen, Nueva York". July 3, 2021.
  15. "Mateo Llarena busca ajustar cuentas pendientes en la Weathertech 240 en Nueva York – Prensa Libre".


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