Button to compete in Blancpain GT Series with Honda

2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button will compete in this year’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup driving an RJN Motorsport run GT Series Honda NSX GT3 Evo with yet to be named co-drivers.

The car sports the livery that adorned his title-winning Brawn GP F1 car, which was predominantly white with dayglo lime and black flashes.

Button said on the occasion of the announcement, “It’s great to be a part of this exciting new chapter with RJN andto bring the Rocket name back into racing.”

“I’m sure a number of current drivers remember Rocket from back in their karting days and I hope we can use this platform to help with new young talent in GT and endurance racing.

“As a Honda Ambassador, I’m pleased to be a part of something that brings the Honda NSXto the Blancpain GT Series and I’m looking forward to seeing this project evolve,” added the 39-year-old Briton.

Jenson Team Rocket RJN will initially run a single Honda NSX GT3 Evo in the 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Silver Category with the possibility of a second car joining the project for the 24 Hours of Spa in July.

The partnership hails a return of the Rocket name to Motorsport. Jenson’s late Father, John Button, founded the Rocket Motorsport team in karting winning 11 British Championships in junior categories and helping to promote not only the talent of Jenson, but numerous others including Lewis Hamilton, Will Stevens, Oliver Rowland and James Calado.

Team principal Bob Neville added, “I’m delighted and privileged to be in partnership with Jenson to race the superb NSX GT3 Evo. The team are preparing for the challenge of running what is a new car to us in the most competitive endurance championship in the world.

“We look forward to announcing the driver line-up in the coming weeks. I would especially like to thank JAS Motorsport for their hard work to enable the project to come together in such a short time-frame,” concluded Neville.

Button has kept himself busy since he quit Formula 1 at the end of 2016, winning the 2018 Super GT GT500 Championship with Team Kunimitsu and also lining-up for SMP Racing in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans.

He will defend his Super GT crown this season driving the #1 Raybrig NSX-GT with Naoki Yamamoto.

Source: Blancpain

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