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Button, Kobayashi to hit the track at Suzuka test

It’s the final official test session of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, and the final tune-up at Suzuka Circuit for the teams and drivers for this August’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.

41 teams and over 80 drivers will take part in the two-day official test session at Suzuka Circuit on June 30 and July 1, which will feature several third drivers as part of the test – including another much-anticipated outing for both Jenson Button and Kamui Kobayashi, the two former Formula 1 stars who will make their Super GT race debuts at the Suzuka 1000km on August 27.

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NISMO fastest, Button upbeat after Suzuka tyre tests

The first round of testing in the lead up to the 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final commenced with two days and four sessions of tyre manufacturer tests at Suzuka Circuit on Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday June 7.

Though the star attraction of the tests was the debuting 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, it was the NISMO team and the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R which set the fastest time of both days of testing, and the fastest time in all three dry-weather test sessions on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning.

Regular NISMO drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli joined Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo of the #46 S Road Craftsports GT-R crew, and it was Quintarelli who set the fastest time of the session – a 1:47.501 on Day 2 – getting to within 0.045 seconds of the GT500 lap record at Suzuka.

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Two weeks of testing ahead at Suzuka and Sugo

Though it’ll be a total of nine weeks between rounds 3 and 4 of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series, there’s still plenty of work for their teams and drivers to do before the next round at Sportsland SUGO on July 22-23 – and that includes two key test sessions for the teams.

Tuesday will be the first day of a two-day tyre test at Suzuka Circuit from June 6-7, which will see the first competitive Super GT test for former Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button. The following week, during the days of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will see the third official Super GT Test Session of the 2017 calendar year at Sportsland SUGO from June 17-18.

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Jenson Button confirms Suzuka 1000km drive with Team Mugen

One of the highest-profile debuts in the history of the Autobacs Super GT Series has finally been made official: 2009 Formula One World Champion, Jenson Button, will make his Super GT race debut at this year’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.

Button, a veteran of over seventeen seasons in Formula 1, will drive for Team Mugen in the #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT, alongside 2016 Suzuka 1000km pole winner Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.

Button’s Super GT journey will begin with a mid-week tyre test at Suzuka Circuit on June 6-7, but the excitement of this announcement – a deal that is nine months in the making – will carry on through the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27th.

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