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Kox Poised for Acura NSX GT3 Drive

Peter Kox signed by Honda for testing, development of Acura NSX GT3…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Peter Kox is among the high-profile drivers that are poised to be part of the Acura NSX GT3 race program in North America, which could still debut in North American competition before the end of the year.

Sportscar365 has confirmed that the veteran Dutchman has already undertaken testing and development of the new mid-engined car in both Europe and the U.S., and is expected to land a race seat for Acura’s factory supported GT3 program.

It was revealed Friday that Kox has parted ways with Belgian Audi Club Team WRT, one week prior to the Total 24 Hours of Spa, allegedly due to a conflict-of-interest between manufacturers.

The Audi-backed WRT squad has yet to officially fill his seat for the remainder of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season.

Honda Performance Development, which has taken over development of the Acura NSX GT3, meanwhile, has confirmed Kox’s current assignment within the company.

“Peter Kox was retained by JAS and Honda R&D Japan to perform the initial test driving on the NSX GT3 in Europe,” a HPD spokesperson told Sportscar365.

“He has continued in that role as development shifted to HPD, but now is one of several drivers to be utilized so far as we continue to prepare the car for homologation.”

Acura has yet to reveal further details on its 2017 program but it’s widely understood that longtime partner RealTime Racing will campaign cars in Pirelli World Challenge, alongside an expected effort in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a to-be-announced team.

It’s believed the car could still make its competition debut in an end-of-season PWC race, potentially at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in October.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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