Jenson Button has confirmed that he will race another ‘one off’ this year, this time in Japan’s Super GT series.
The 2009 World Champion, who recently stood in for Fernando Alonso at the Monaco GP, will make his series debut in August in the Suzuka 1000km.
Button will partner Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima in the race for Team Mugan, which takes places on August 27.
The Brit will get his first taste of Super GT machinery at the two day tyre test on the 6th and 7th of June.
“After driving an NSX CONCEPT-GT at Honda Racing THANKS DAY last December, I became interested in racing in SUPER GT. I spoke with Honda and they have given me the chance to race at the Suzuka 1000km,” said Button.
“As an F1 driver and a member of TEAM MUGEN, I will push to win. I am very much looking forward to racing in front of my Japanese fans again.”
Button’s recent return at the Monaco GP saw him get into the top ten shoot out for qualifying but suffer having to start last due to engine penalties. He would retire from the race after a collision with the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein at the entrance to the tunnel that put the German on his side and broke the McLaren’s suspension. Button also incurred the most pointless penalty in the sport with a three place grid demotion at his next F1 race, whenever that might be if ever again.
Having the former World Champion, and someone who is still very popular in Japan, will also be a boost for the Super GT series in looking to attract some newer fans that are not aware of the championship. And for Button an Endurance race will be something different from what he has done before with F1 and single seaters as well. It should not be much trouble for him considering his fitness and love of triathlons but the challenge will be different for him too.
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