Honda Racing enters Intercontinental GT Challenge California 8 Hours with NSX GT3 Evo
Honda Racing will compete in the world’s most prestigious GT3 races in 2019 after confirming a manufacturer entry into the Intercontinental GT Challenge with the NSX GT3 Evo.
Using the latest version of the NSX GT3, which claimed its maiden victory this month in only its second event, a one-car operation will compete in the remaining four events of the series with an ultra-successful professional driver line-up and technical support from Motul.
Bertrand Baguette, Mario Farnbacher and Renger van der Zande will race the NSX GT3 Evo at the upcoming California 8 Hours at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on March 30 and in additional events, with line-up revisions possible later in the year.
“Together with Honda Racing, I will be competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge,” said van der Zande. “I’m very much looking forward to be back in the NSX GT3 Evo at my favorite circuit: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. It’s exciting to see what we can achieve in California with teammates Mario Farnbacher and Bertrand Baguette!”
Introduced in 2019, the NSX GT3 Evo features a number of upgrades from its race-winning predecessor including a new front splitter and bodywork, aimed at reducing drag, improving aerodynamic efficiency and cooling and increasing driveability.
New turbochargers offer improved throttle response, boost control and fuel economy while an upgraded data and display unit further enhances the driver experience.
On the driver side, Bertrand Baguette made his NSX GT3 debut at the Spa 24 Hours last year and also raced the car in the International GT Open at Monza.
A single-seater champion in Formula Renault 3.5; the 33-year-old Belgian was a the Le Mans 24Hours winner and an FIA World Endurance Champion in LMP2 in 2013 and was victorious at Super GT’s biggest race; the Suzuka 1000km, in 2017.
Mario Farnbacher debuted the NSX GT3 Evo at the January’s Daytona 24 Hours and was a winner in IMSA’s GTD category with the previous version of the car last year to help Meyer Shank Racing claim second in the Teams’ points.
The 26-year-old German is a two-time class winner at Sebring in GT machinery and has also won Petit Le Mans as well as recording race victories in the International GT Open and ADAC GT Masters.
Renger van der Zande is no stranger to the NSX GT3; the 33-year-old Dutchman having raced the car in the FIA GT World Cup in Macau in 2017.
A former IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar champion, Renger achieved his biggest win to date in January’s Daytona 24 Hours to add to Petit Le Mans victory last year and podium finishes at the Spa and Nurburgring 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours.
The Honda Racing programme will be run by JAS Motorsport, who are responsible for the assembly of all NSX GT3 Evos at their base in Milan, Italy.
The remaining IGTC races take place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Spa-Francorchamps, Suzuka and Kyalami with events varying between eight and 24 hours in duration.
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