Jenson Button has clinched the 2018 Super GT Championship together with full season driving partner Naoki Yamamoto in their #100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT, the pair securing the title with a fighting third place finish at the Motegi season finale, one position ahead of their title rivals, and defending Champions Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa, whose #1 KeePer TOMS Lexus LC500 was just 1.6 seconds back at the flag.
2009 F1 World Champion Button then becomes Champion in his first year in the Series whilst Yamamoto completes the Super GT/ Super Formula double in 2018, a feat not performed since Richard Lyons double back in 2004 (in Formula Nippon days).
The polesetting #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT took the race win with Tomoki Nojiri and Takuya Izawa never really challenged.
GT300 went down to the wire too with the #65 K2 R&D LEON Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 pairing of Haruki Kurosawa and Naoya Gamou claiming the race win and the title despite the Motegi victory being their first podium of the season.
Consistency paid off for the AMG duo as the Championship leaders coming into Motegi, Sean Walkinshaw and Shinichi Takagi could not challenge at the finale, their ARTA-BMW M6 GT3 would come home 9th, not nearly enough to defend their 12 point lead to the AMG pair.
Full report from RJ O’Connell follows later