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Baguette Parts Ways with Honda After Eight-Year Stint

Bertrand Baguette announces departure from Honda after eight years with manufacturer…

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Bertrand Baguette has announced that he is leaving Honda after an eight-year stint with the Japanese manufacturer.

The Belgian driver raced with Honda in Super GT’s headline GT500 category and also represented the brand in GT3 and Super Formula competition.

Baguette signed with Honda for the 2014 Super GT season to start a multi-year personal presence in Japanese motorsport. He claimed his first victory at Suzuka in 2017 alongside Kosuke Matsuura.

That came in the fourth year of a half-decade tenure with Nakajima Racing, before he made the switch to Real Racing for the 2019 campaign which marked Baguette’s best in the series as he and Koudai Tsukakoshi finished third in the standings with two wins.

The same duo also won the second round of the recently-concluded season at Fuji.

Over in Europe, Baguette raced in the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli in the factory Honda NSX GT3 Evo run by JAS Motorsport, and contributed to a sixth place at the 2019 24 Hours of Spa and a fourth place at last year’s Kyalami 9 Hour. 

“After eight years together, Fuji was my last race as a Honda driver,” Baguette said in a social media post.

“I’ve learned a lot, made good friends and I’ll take with me many great memories. A page turns and I will keep you posted about my plans for the future very soon.

“Thank you to Honda, Nakajima Racing, JAS Motorsport and Real Racing for taking good care of me and I wish you all the very best for the future.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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