Honda has confirmed a factory entry for the Suzuka 10 Hours, featuring a lineup comprised of its Super GT500 drivers for the third round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Former Super Formula ace Naoki Yamamoto will be joined by Daisuke Nakajima and ex-IndyCar driver Hideki Muto at the wheel of the Honda Team Motul-entered Honda NSX GT3 for the Aug. 24-26 enduro.
Yamamoto currently leads both the Super Formula championship with Motul Team Mugen and the Super GT500 title race alongside Raybrig Team Kunimitsu co-driver Jenson Button.
Endurance racing veteran Shinji Nakano will manage operation, which completed a test with the mid-engined sports car earlier this week at Suzuka.
It will mark the second works-supported entry for Honda in IGTC this year, following confirmation of a Castrol-backed NSX GT3 for next month’s Total 24 Hours of Spa.
“I feel honored that Motul has chosen Honda NSX GT3 with which to enter the Suzuka 10 hours endurance race,” said Honda Motorsport general manager Masashi Yamamoto.
“Our experienced drivers coming from Super GT are familiar with the Suzuka circuit and I am therefore looking forward to the high performance of the team during the race.”
Two additional Hondas will be on the grid for Suzuka, entered by Modulo Drago Corse and CarGuy Racing, also featuring all-Japanese lineups.
Takashi Kogure, Hiroki Otsu and team owner Ryo Michigami will team up in the Drago Corse entry, with Takeshi Kimura, Naoki Yokomizo and Kei Cozzolino at the wheel of the CarGuy Honda.