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Factory Honda NSX GT3 Confirmed for 24H Spa

Castrol Honda Racing NSX GT3 confirmed for Total 24 Hours of Spa…

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Honda will be represented on the grid in July’s Total 24 Hours of Spa, with the Japanese manufacturer confirming an entry for the Blancpain GT Series’ flagship event.

A single Honda NSX GT3 will be entered under the Castrol Honda Racing banner for the race, which doubles as the second round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

JAS Motorsport, which is responsible for the car’s assembly and sales in Europe, will provide technical assistance, as part of the collaborative global program.

Drivers for the race have yet to be announced, although per a statement from SRO, the car will run in the Pro-Am class as the NSX GT3 is “ineligible to contest the premier Pro class at Spa.”

It is due to the manufacturer not being registered for either a full season Blancpain GT or IGTC campaign.

“When we helped launch Honda’s NSX GT3 customer racing program at the Spa 24 Hours last year, we set ourselves the target of making sure a car was racing in this event in 2018, and we are incredibly excited that Castrol Honda Racing have decided to enter the event,” said JAS Motorsport NSX GT3 Project Leader Stefano Fini.

“The NSX GT3 finished second at the Daytona 24 Hours this year so its speed and reliability are without question. I’m sure that Castrol Honda Racing can perform very well at Spa.”

It will mark the return of the brand to Spa, 25 years after a Honda Belgium-entered NSX, also sponsored by Castrol, scored pole in the 1993 race.

Honda’s commitment to Spa will result in at least 12 GT3 manufacturers for the July 28-29 race and will mark the car’s endurance racing debut outside of North America.

As previously reported by Sportscar365, Honda has been ramping up its commitment to the IGTC, with a factory entry also reportedly in the works for the Suzuka 10 Hours in August.

A total of three NSX GT3s are currently entered for Suzuka, including one from Honda Team Motul.

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

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. Binky

    May 18, 2018 at 1:19 pm

    I thought a manufacturer had to run the full endurance series run as a Pro team at Spa (though obviously SRO are not going to turn them away regardless).

    • John Dagys

      May 18, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      Unless you are an IGTC manufacturer.

      • Binky

        May 18, 2018 at 6:28 pm

        Got it, thanks for the quick response.

        • John Dagys

          May 18, 2018 at 9:10 pm

          I’ll take my comment back. SRO released a statement saying the car will only be allowed to compete in Pro-Am. Upon checking the regulations, a full-season IGTC entry or full-season Blancpain GT manufacturer is a requirement to race in Pro at Spa. Honda has, as of now, not yet committed to the full IGTC season, so it appears they will not be allowed to race in Pro.

          Article has been updated to reflect this.

  2. Alfaxa

    May 18, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    The Fuji 500km isn’t classified as an Endurance race? Two Honda NSX GT3 competed there.

    • Racer4

      May 18, 2018 at 3:28 pm

      Taht is not the Blancpain GT Series Endurance…

      • Alfaxa

        May 18, 2018 at 3:38 pm

        This is what the article states:

        “and will mark the car’s endurance racing debut outside of North America.”

        • John Dagys

          May 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm

          Do you consider a 500km race to be an endurance race?

          An endurance race is 1000km, 6 hours, 10 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours, etc.

          • fluffybunny

            May 18, 2018 at 9:44 pm

            John, in 1 hour sprint race, a GT3 car can run 200 km (approx.), thus 500 km race will be less than 3 hours (my prediction)

            Beside that, i think blancpain’s endurance races (3 hours) are too short to be considered as “endurance”, even VLN’s races are longer (4 hours)

  3. amg gt

    May 18, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    I’m pretty sure Marco Bonanomi will be one of the driver

  4. fluffybunny

    May 18, 2018 at 9:59 pm

    i think the best selling GT3 cars worldwide are :

    1 audi RM LMS
    2 mercedes AMG
    3 lamborghini huracan

    how could they do that? lower price tag?

    acura & lexus are quite strong in the US, it could caused by strength of toyota & honda brand in the US. however, only 1 team uses acura NSX (michael shank), & no acura NSX in blancpain GT asia, even honda is very strong in asia’s market. that’s why i suspect acura NSX is manufacturer project in disguise

    • KW

      May 19, 2018 at 1:47 pm

      For Mercedes AMG I know why: A good service by AMG and a simple, easy-to-handle car is worth more than a lower price tag. You have to calculate not only with the base prize of the car, but also with the costs for maintenance, spare parts, and hours of effort for preparation. In that overall calculation, the AMG GT3 is a good deal.

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