The biggest free agent signing in Autobacs Super GT Series history is now official.
2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button announced during a talk show event at the Honda Racing Thanks Day in Twin Ring Motegi that he will be racing in Super GT full-time with Honda in the GT500 class.
Button, a veteran of over 300 Formula 1 Grand Prix starts, made his Super GT debut with Team Mugen in the Suzuka 1000km – and has long had his sights on a full-time drive in the series ever since.
“It’s been a dream for the last couple of years, I love the category,” said Button of Super GT. “I did one race at Suzuka earlier in the year, and it got me very excited – I’m very excited about the new season!”
“There’s a lot of testing to be done – to feel comfortable (in the car), and to hopefully improve the package, and go out next year and be competitive.”
No announcement of a team or co-drivers was made, we can expect that information to be revealed by February, when Honda announces their 2018 motorsports activities.
DISCLAIMER: All of the information is compiled from reputable sources, however, all possible scenarios must be considered speculation unless confirmed by any team, driver, or manufacturer discussed therein.
Racing fans call it Silly Season. Baseball types call it the Hot Stove. Either way, with the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series completed, and preparations beginning for the 2018 season, there is a constant thread that applies to all form of motorsport – that change is inevitable, and that change will happen over the next few months.
The GT500 category is already one of the most competitive classes of racing on earth, and with an influx of potential free agents from outside the series, as well as young stars of the future ready to take their place in the top level of Super GT, the 2017-18 Stove League promises to be one of intrigue.
With the help of the most recent issue of auto sport Magazine of Japan (volume 1470, released on Friday), Super GT World runs down the potential scenarios for Lexus, Honda, and Nissan in the 2018 season to come.
Continue reading 2018 Super GT Hot Stove League: The First Glimpse
The second of the big three manufacturer fan festivals in Japan is the Honda Racing Thanks Day, which will be held this weekend, on 3 December, at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan.
Honda’s top stars from the Autobacs Super GT Series and the Japanese Super Formula Championship will be joined by top Honda riders from MotoGP and the world of Superbike racing, Formula 1 drivers Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne, WTCC drivers including Super GT legend Ryo Michigami, and the star of the show – Indianapolis 500 winner, Takuma Sato.
Continue reading Honda Racing Thanks Day returns to Motegi this weekend
“It gave me my love of motorsport back,” were the words of former Formula 1 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button when reflecting upon his Autobacs Super GT Series debut at this year’s Suzuka 1000km.
Now, it seems as if there’s more to come from the 2009 World Champion, who in recent interviews has said that he will be racing in Japan next year – specifically, it is very highly likely that Button will commit full-time to the GT500 class in 2018.
The only other question, is to which of the big three manufacturers will Button be headed in 2018 – will it be with Honda, or will it be with Nissan?
Continue reading Jenson Button edges closer to full-time Super GT drive in 2018