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.
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.
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Ritomo Miyata, one of the impressive young prospects of the Toyota Young Driver Programme (TDP), has made FIA Formula 4 history by becoming the first back-to-back champion of the F4 Japanese Championship, the official support series of the Autobacs Super GT Series.
On the strength of a win and a third place finish in two races at Twin Ring Motegi this past weekend, Miyata overturned a 13-point deficit to rival Ukyo Sasahara to win his second F4 championship – the first multi-time champion of an FIA Formula 4 series – as well as the third in as many seasons for the TOM’s Spirit team.
Continue reading Miyata wins back-to-back F4 Japanese Championships
From an overly eventful start to their race to a confident pole-to-win victory, no team had the measure of the #23 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli – which took a landmark victory in the final round of the 2017 Autobacs Super GT Series at Twin Ring Motegi.
Quintarelli and Matsuda took their first win of the season, setting career milestones for both drivers, and for Nissan, as well as avoiding a winless 2017 campaign for the manufacturer and securing second place in the championship.
They finished ahead of the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 of Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy, who with their second-place finish, secured history of their own as the two drivers at 23 years old became the youngest GT500 Drivers’ Champions in history.
Continue reading NISMO dominates Motegi Grand Final; Lexus Team KeePer TOM’s win GT500 championship