When Team Kunimitsu clinched the Super GT title in a thrilling season finale last month at Motegi, it was 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button who grabbed the headlines. But the man he shared the #100 Honda with is deserving of even more praise for his performances in 2018.
Winning a first GT500 crown alongside Button capped off a pretty special year for Naoki Yamamoto, who two weeks earlier earned his second Super Formula title by coming out on top in a tense fight with title rival Nick Cassidy at Suzuka.
Earlier in 2018, the 30-year-old also became a father as his wife Eri, a presenter for Japan's TV Tokyo, gave birth to twins. And now, in the wake of Yamamoto's twin successes, Honda's motorsport boss Masashi Yamamoto has described him as the manufacturer's "number one" driver and openly aired the idea of giving him a run in an F1 car.