NSX GT3 Evo holds advantage in Super GT and IMSA
NSX GT3 Evo crews continue to lead in Super GT and the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship after hard-fought races in both series last weekend.
Ryo Michigami and Hiroki Otsu finished third in GT300 at Super GT’s showpiece event, the Fuji 500 to claim their first podium of the year.
Qualifying their Drago Corse machine eighth, both Michigami and Otsu moved steadily through the field, showing excellent race pace throughout the longest event on the calendar.
Their podium was the third of the season for the NSX GT3 Evo and was followed by Team UpGarage, whose line-up of Takashi Kobayashi, Kosuke Matsuura and Shinnosuke Yamada claimed their best finish of the year in fourth.
ARTA’s Nirei Fukuzumi survived late contact with just five minutes remaining to finish sixth in the car he shares with Shinichi Takagi. The pair continue to lead the Drivers’ Championship while ARTA lead the Teams’ title race.
They are 4.5 points clear in both championships with three rounds left and 60 points available.
Meyer Shank Racing duo Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher maintained their commanding lead in the GTD division of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship with a solid fifth-place finish at Road America.
Battling against extra ballast added to the NSX GT3 Evos as part of IMSA’s Balance of Performance (BoP), both Hindman and Farnbacher drove with the big picture in mind and stayed out of trouble throughout the two-hour, forty-minute race.
They now lead the standings by 25 points with three rounds left and 105 points available while Acura continue to head the Manufacturers’ standings by five points.
The sister car of Katherine Legge and Bia Figueiredo qualified eighth and was running solidly inside the top 10 when Legge was involved in two incidents at successive corners in the second hour.
Her car damaged after she was hit and spun off by a rival – for which her assailant was penalised – she was classified 13th.
All four cars were competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.
Main: Ryo Michigami/Hiroki Otsu, Drago Corse Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit - David Honda Motor); Lower (in order): 1 Ryo Michigami/Hiroki Otsu, Drago Corse Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit - David Honda Motor); 2 Kosuke Matsuura/Takashi Kobayashi/Shinnosuke Yamada, Team Upgarage Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit - Honda Motor); 3 Nirei Fukuzumi/Shinichi Takagi, ARTA Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit - Honda Motor); 4 Mario Farnbacher/Trent Hindman, Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Roa America, USA (credit - Acura).
About JAS Motorsport
Founded in 1995, JAS Motorsport is one of the world's leading touring car teams and constructors. Initially fielding Alfa Romeos in the ITC, JAS became a technical partner of Honda in 1998 and has been at the forefront of its activities with touring cars and rallying ever since. In 2012, JAS was chosen to develop, in partnership with Honda R&D, the Civic WTCC, with which it claimed the Manufacturers' world title a year later. JAS designed and built the Civic Type R TCR, which has claimed 19 major titles so far (seven with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.