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.