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Honda phenoms Fukuzumi & Matsushita join Super Formula

Honda are giving two of its most outstanding single-seater prospects a massive push towards a promotion into the Formula 1 World Championship, as they have placed Honda Formula Dream Project (HFDP) drivers Nobuharu Matsushita and Nirei Fukuzumi into the Japanese Super Formula Championship in 2018.

Fukuzumi makes his Super Formula debut in the Red Bull Team Mugen car formerly driven by Pierre Gasly, as part of a double campaign that will see the 20-year-old also compete in the FIA Formula 2 Championship for Arden International.

Seven of Honda’s eight available driver slots were announced over the weekend, with one vacancy, at B-Max Racing Team, still yet to be determined.

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Honda announces 2018 GT500 programme

The attention of Super GT fans around the world was drawn Friday to the famous Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba, Japan, site of the 2018 Tokyo Auto Salon.

It was here where Honda were the first to announce their full GT500 programme for the 2018 season, headlined by the arrival of Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button at Team Kunimitsu, and Takuya Izawa moving back to Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA).

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Jenson Button to drive Raybrig Team Kunimitsu NSX in 2018

The most coveted signing in Autobacs Super GT Series history, the 2009 World Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button, has found his home with Team Kunimitsu and Honda for the 2018 season.

Button will make his full-time Super GT debut driving for legendary team owner, Kunimitsu Takahashi, and the equally-legendary black and blue #100 Raybrig Honda NSX-GT, which the F1 hero will share with long time team ace, Naoki Yamamoto.

The combination of two former single-seater champions, and two of the most respected drivers from their respective fields, gives Team Kunimitsu perhaps their most formidable lineup ever.

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2017 Super GT World Awards: GT500 Driver of the Year

Every year, Super GT World honours the most outstanding performers in the Autobacs Super GT Series with the Super GT World Awards.

The GT500 class is the pinnacle of GT racing in terms of speed and spectacle. Over thirty drivers took part this year, but only one will be recognized as the Driver of the Year, honouring the most outstanding individual driver in the GT500 category.

It is an ultra competitive field in which there are no weak links, in which every driver has earned their place on the grid by their merit. Before announcing the seven finalists including the one winner, some honourable mentions…

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