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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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Ryo Michigami & Drago Corse return to Super GT!

One of Super GT’s greatest drivers – and the team that he founded just a few short years ago – are coming back to compete in the ultra-competitive GT300 category.

Ryo Michigami and his Drago Corse team will enter the 2018 Autobacs Super GT Series, with the team competing under the name “Modulo Drago Corse” and using the brand-new Honda NSX GT3.

It will mark the return of the Drago Corse name to the series after a year out, and the return of former GT500 Drivers’ Champion Michigami to full-time Super GT driving for the first time since 2013, as he will be partnered by Honda young driver and Super GT rookie, Hiroki Otsu, who graduates from the All-Japan Formula 3 Championship.

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Takuya Izawa rejoins ARTA for 2018

At this weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon, Autobacs Racing Team Aguri (ARTA) revealed their 2018 activities in the Autobacs Super GT Series in both GT500 and GT300 categories.

Former Team Kunimitsu driver Takuya Izawa was introduced as the new driver of the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT during Honda’s Super GT activities announcement, then joined the rest of his ARTA team during their own TAS panel.

Izawa and Tomoki Nojiri will drive the fabled ARTA NSX, while the #55 ARTA BMW M6 GT3 will be driven by former champion Shinichi Takagi and second-generation sophomore Sean Walkinshaw.

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