Honda reveals Jenson Button's team for 2018 Super GT season

Honda has revealed how 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will fit into its line-up for his first full season in Japan's Super GT series

Honda reveals Jenson Button's team for 2018 Super GT season

After a debut outing in Super GT's showpiece Suzuka 1000km race last year, Button set his sights on a full season in Japan in 2018 and agreed a deal with Honda before Christmas.

It has now been announced that Button will drive an NSX-GT for Team Kunimitsu, run by multiple 250cc motorcycle race winner and one-time F1 grand prix starter Kunimitsu Takahashi.

Button will team up with 2013 Super Formula champion and multiple Super GT race winner Naoki Yamamoto, who has been retained by the squad for a fourth consecutive season.

Button replaces 2009 championship runner-up Takuya Izawa at the Bridgestone-shod outfit, with Izawa returning to ARTA after eight years and joining Tomoki Nojiri.

As part of the reshuffle, Takashi Kobayashi has been dropped from Honda's Super GT roster, despite picking up a win alongside Nojiri at Fuji last year.

Elsewhere, Mugen, which gave Button his Super GT debut last year, has retained both Daisuke Nakajima and Hideki Mutoh.

There are no changes at Real Racing either, with Koudai Tsukakoshi and Takashi Kogure staying on for another year.

Nakajima Racing will also field an unchanged line-up of Kosuke Matsuura and Bertrand Baguette, the latter being Honda's only other international driver apart from Button.

Honda's 2018 Super GT line-up

ARTA: Tomoki Nojiri/Takuya Izawa
Mugen: Hideki Mutoh/Daisuke Nakajima
Real Racing: Koudai Tsukakoshi/Takashi Kogure
Nakajima Racing: Kosuke Matsuura/Bertrand Baguette
Team Kunimitsu: Naoki Yamamoto/Jenson Button

shares
comments
Jaguar reveals first in-house developed GT car in more than 50 years

Previous article

Jaguar reveals first in-house developed GT car in more than 50 years

Next article

Audi squad WRT slims down line-up for Blancpain Endurance assault

Audi squad WRT slims down line-up for Blancpain Endurance assault
Load comments

About this article

Series GT
Author Rachit Thukral
How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations Plus

How McLaren’s GT3 ‘single-seater’ defies expectations

Time in a thoroughbred racer leaves you searching for time in yourself, especially when the rewards for total commitment are so high, as our man discovered at Snetterton

GT
Apr 28, 2021
How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy Plus

How Ferrari's F1 protege became a Mercedes GT prodigy

Raffaele Marciello once appeared to be Ferrari’s next Italian F1 star, but is now under the pay of its German arch-rival in GTs – and he’s very happy with his life

GT
Apr 8, 2021
Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers Plus

Why GTE's future is a conundrum with no easy answers

The convergence between the World Endurance Championship and IMSA over LMDh regulations offers a bright future for sportscar racing, but the imminent demise of IMSA's GT Le Mans class creates wider issues to which no catch-all solution exists

GT
Feb 3, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Plus

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it

GT
Jan 23, 2021
Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65 Plus

Why a lost F1 hope is still in demand aged 65

There's a saying among retired folk that life begins at 60, but endurance specialist Alain Ferte has never used the 'R' word. Some 40 years since his crowning glory in F3, he's still a driver in demand and gunning for more 24-hour racing success this weekend

GT
Jan 15, 2021
How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT Plus

How a BTCC veteran conquered the summit in British GT

After two decades in touring cars, Rob Collard had an uphill battle to unlearn the tools needed to be quick in tin-tops and understand how to hustle a GT3 car. But he did so with aplomb to prevail alongside Sandy Mitchell amid a challenging year for the series

GT
Dec 17, 2020
The high-power solution to counter a dying breed Plus

The high-power solution to counter a dying breed

SRO boss Stephane Ratel was worried about the disappearance of the amateur - or 'gentleman' - drivers who used to be the bedrock of GT3. So he invented a new category that brings back a familiar name from the past

GT
Dec 6, 2020
The Dutch oddity that was too niche for its own good Plus

The Dutch oddity that was too niche for its own good

Despite (briefly) having its own F1 arm, Spyker's period in international sportscar racing was spent mostly propping up the grid. Its C8 Laviolette GT2-R stands as one of the last underfunded factory GT efforts that never got a helping hand from BOP

GT
May 21, 2020