Following the Honda NSX GT3’s European debut racing at the Spa 24 Hours back in July, the Japanese car will head to the GT Open series for the first time at Monza this weekend.
Honda Racing Team JAS will take a single NSX to the Italian ‘Temple of Speed’ with Honda factory drivers Esteban Guerrieri and Bertrand Baguette, who raced in the Spa 24 Hours with the JAS-run Castrol Honda Racing team.
JAS Motorsport team principal Alessandro Mariani says the entry is part of the JAS’ drive to kick-start the NSX GT3’s customer racing base in Europe.
“We are excited to enter the International GT Open event at Monza, a circuit that is located just one hour from the JAS Motorsport headquarters where the NSX GT3 is assembled,” he said.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to showcase the car to potential customers in Europe and to show them all the qualities that have made it a race winner and title contender in IMSA competition in the USA, and a podium finisher in Blancpain GT Asia.
“It’s also a chance to race the car on Michelin tyres for the first time and collect useful data, as well as to put two top-level drivers behind the wheel in Bertrand and Esteban, who both performed magnificently at the Spa 24 Hours (below).”
For Guerrieri, who races with Honda in WTCR, the weekend at Monza will be his debut in the GT Open. Baguette meanwhile has experience in the GT Open in the past, the Super GT GT500 racer made a couple of appearances in the GT Open, and has one GTS win (Barcelona 2012) to his name in a Brussels Racing Aston Martin.