Two iconic motor racing names will come together this summer as Castrol Honda Racing brings the Honda NSX GT3 to the 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps.
The NSX GT3, which builds upon Honda’s next-generation supercar and utilizes the same 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine is a race winner in the North American-based IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and Pirelli World Challenge. The car currently competes in high-level series on three continents as part of Honda’s NSX GT3 Customer Racing Program.
Donald Smith, Sponsorship Manager, Castrol Marketing, said: “The partnership between Castrol and Honda is one of the most iconic in motor racing and dates back to the 1960s. Since then the iconic Castrol Honda livery has been the backdrop to a huge number of World Championship success and international race wins on two wheels and four, and we’re proud to see it on the NSX GT3. Castrol supported the pole-winning NSX campaign at the Spa 24 Hours in 1993 and we are extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue the relationship in this year’s event, which promises to be the most closely-contested race in a generation.”
The centerpiece of the Blancpain GT Series, held on July 26-29, marks the return of the NSX name to the Spa 24 Hours a quarter of a century after Armin Hahne, Bertrand Gachot and Kazuo Shimizu started the 1993 race from pole position in a Honda Belgium-entered car also supported by Castrol.
The NSX has achieved significant success in motor racing since its launch in 1990, including GT victory at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours and six titles in Japan’s ultra-competitive Super GT series.
JAS Motorsport, who are responsible for car assembly and sales in Europe, will provide technical assistance at Spa as part of the collaborative global program.
Drivers for Spa will be announced at a later date.
About Spa-Francorchamps 24-Hour
In 2015 SRO creates the Blancpain GT Series, combining endurance and sprint races. The Total 24 Hours of Spa remains the blue chip event of the new series, and sees its status confirmed when in 2016 it is included in the new Intercontinental GT Challenge, the first truly global GT3 championship.