Strong results in Japan and USA for NSX GT3 Evo
GT300 champions ARTA staged the fightback of the race with the NSX GT3 Evo as the new Super GT season kicked off at Fuji.
2019 title winner Shinichi Takagi and his new co-driver Toshiki Oyu qualified 22nd, but drove a storming race, making up positions throughout the 66-lap event to finish seventh.
That was one spot ahead of the similar NSX of Drago Corse, whose duo of Ryo Michigami and Jake Parsons climbed from 17th on the grid.
Team UPGARAGE were the highest-placed NSX GT3 Evo crew on the grid; Takashi Kobayashi and Kosuke Matsuura starting 12th. They ran well until a drive-through penalty and a tyre issue dropped them down the order. They finished 22nd.
Gradient Racing scored their best result to date in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship in the ‘sprint’ event at Sebring.
Having scored a top-10 finish on their debut at Daytona earlier in the month, Till Bechtolsheimer qualified a strong eighth and drove consistently throughout the opening stint of the two-hour, forty-minute race.
Bechtolsheimer pitted to hand over to Marc Miller once he’d reached the minimum 45-minute drive time; his more-experienced co-driver bringing the NSX GT3 Evo home in eighth spot.
As the Sebring race was a round of the IMSA Sprint Series, and not counting for points for the full championship, the two Meyer Shank Racing NSX GT3 Evos were not present.
All the aforementioned 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: Toshiki Oyu/Shinichi Takagi, ARTA Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit: Honda Motor); Lower 1: Toshiki Oyu/Shinichi Takagi, ARTA Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit: Honda Motor); 2: Ryo Michigami/Jake Parsons, Drago Corse Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit: Honda Motor); 3: Kosuke Matsuura/Takashi Kobayashi, Team UPGARAGE Honda NSX GT3 Evo, Super GT, Fuji, Japan (credit: Honda Motor); 4: Till Bechtolsheimer/Marc Miller, Gradient Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo, IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, Sebring, USA (credit: Halston Pitman).
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 31 major titles so far (17 with the current model), and is also responsible for the build of the NSX GT3 Evo race car.