Jenson Button scored his maiden Super GT victory at Sportsland Sugo
Jenson Button scored his maiden Super GT Series victory on Sunday at Sportsland Sugo, in the sixth round of the season. The former Formula 1 star was sharing the #100 Raybrig Honda NSX-GT of Team Kunimitsu with Naoki Yamamoto.
They started the race from pole and converted it into the victory. Earlier in the season, a pair in the #100 Honda scored two podiums and they are now leading the championship with two more races on a calendar.
Early in the race, Naoki Yamamoto battled for the lead against the #12 Calsonic Impul Nissan GT-R of Jann Mardenborough. The young Briton took the lead on lap 22. The faster pit stop enabled Jenson Button to retake the lead.
In the second half of the race, the #12 Nissan, driven by Daiki Sasaki, lost a pace and felt to P3, behind the #8 ARTA Honda of Tomoki Nojiri. Nojiri’s teammate is Takuya Izawa. In the final stage of the race, a crash of one GT300 car brought out the Safety Car to cut off Button’s advantage, so two leading Hondas were fighting for the victory during the remaining six laps. In the end, Button won the race by 0.562 seconds.
In the GT300 class, the victory goes to the #61 Subaru BRZ of R&D Sport, driven by Takuto Iguchi and Hideki Yamauchi. Same as the GT500 winners, they also started from pole position.
The GT300 podium was completed by Kazuki Hoshino/Hiroki Yoshida in the #10 Gainer Tanax Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and Nobuteru Taniguchi/Tatsuya Kataoka in the #0 Goodsmile Hatsune Miku Mercedes-AMG GT3.