F1 world champion turned sports car racer Jenson Button is celebrating his first championship title in the latter, having clinched the Japanese Super GT series’ GT500 class season championship in the Team Kunimitsu Honda NSX-GT he shares with Naoki Yamamoto. The pair secured the crown with a third-place finish in the series’ eighth and final race at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
“Today’s was really a tough race. But we were able to get third place in the end and that gave us the title,” said Button. “For Naoki [Yamamoto]-san this is his second title of the season following the Super Formula title, but for me this is my first title in nine years (following his F1 championship in 2009), so I am very happy.
The championship was the first in Super GT for the team, which has been competing in Super GT since the inaugural year of its predecessor, the All Japan GT Championship, in 1994 — something that also brought satisfaction to the Briton.
“I am also very happy that we were able to get this first title for our team manager Kunimitsu Takahashi and his team that has competed so long and hard,” added Button, who together with Yamamoto scored one race win (at Sugo in September) and four podium finishes in the eight-race season.