TOM’s, NISMO, and Team Kunimitsu will field cars at Hockenheimring finale in October.
At a press conference on Sunday morning, GT Association (GTA) Chairman Masaaki Bandoh announced the teams and drivers that will represent the Autobacs Super GT Series in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) season finale at the Hockenheimring on October 4/6.
Honda, Nissan, and Toyota (represented by the Lexus marque) will field one car each as wildcard entries in the two races that make up the DTM finale. This will be the first leg of the long-anticipated Super GT/DTM crossover, which will culminate in the Super GT x DTM Dream Race at Fuji Speedway on the weekend of November 22/24.
Reigning GT500 Drivers’ Champion Jenson Button will represent Honda, driving the #1 Raybrig Honda NSX-GT for Team Kunimitsu, the defending champion team.
Button last drove the Hockenheimring in 2016 and has three Formula 1 podiums at the circuit in 2004, 2005, and 2012.
2017 GT500 Champions Ryo Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy will drive the #37 KeePer TOM’s Lexus LC500 for legendary Toyota factory racing squad, TOM’s Racing.
One driver will race on Saturday, and the other will race on Sunday, though which driver will race and when has yet to be announced. Hirakawa and Cassidy finished 2nd in the 2018 GT500 standings.
Representing Nissan and NISMO are the most successful duo in Super GT history. Tsugio Matsuda, the winningest GT500 driver of all-time, and Ronnie Quintarelli, the record-breaking four-time GT500 Drivers’ Champion.
They will drive the number 35 Motul Autech NISMO GT-R, changing numbers as their traditional number 23 is already occupied by DTM star Daniel Juncadella (who, ironically, was close to signing for Nissan to race in GT500 this season).
All three wildcard entries will run the same Hankook tyres that the rest of the DTM field uses, though, they cannot use the Drag Reduction System (DRS), and of course, will not be eligible to score championship points.