Halfway through its first season with the new front-engined NSX-GT, Honda leads the drivers’ championship thanks to Real Racing pair Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi.
Baguette and Tsukakoshi delivered a first win for the FR NSX in the second round of the season at Fuji Speedway in August, and despite carrying 46kg of success ballast aboard the #17 car, they scored a second triumph in three races last month at Motegi.
It means the pair lead TOM’S Toyota duo Sacha Fenestraz and Yuhi Sekiguchi by two points as the campaign enters its second half, starting with a third Fuji race this weekend.
However, Honda’s SUPER GT project leader Masahiro Saiki is fully expecting Toyota, which has four of its six crews in the top six of the points, to come on strong once again as the season nears its conclusion.
“We were in a position of being extremely late [to adopt FR], so I thought that we would have a hard time making a FR car using a common monocoque for the first time,” said Saiki.
“After the first half of the season, we have had a car on the front row in all the races and we have won twice. With that in mind, I feel that we all worked hard to make a good car.
“However, considering the future in terms of the championship, I think the GR Supras, which are always strong in the race, will come back.”
#17 KEIHIN NSX-GT, #100 RAYBRIG NSX-GT, #16 MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT, #8 ARTA NSX-GT