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Jenson Button is a Super GT champion

2009 F1 world champ wins his first title in nine years racing a Honda NSX

Published: 12 Nov 2018

He may have finished the final round of the championship in third place, but he emerges as the winner: Jenson Button is the 2018 Super GT champion.

The 2009 F1 champ claimed the drivers’ title alongside his co-driver Naoki Yamamoto in – as we’ve explained here – one of the world’s toughest motorsport endeavours.

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He said: “What a year working with this fantastic team. Team Kunimitsu and Honda you so deserve this title, such a dedicated, passionate, determined group of people.

“Winning the Super GT title alongside my team mate Naoki Yamamoto really means a lot, this guy has so much natural ability and determination it’s scary, he really does push me to up my game. Even with all my experience there’s always for improvement.

“Such a great fight until the end… it feels so good to be a champion once again,” he added.

He noted how the final race of the season – at the Twin Ring Motegi – was ‘a really tough race’, but that he was able to eke out a third placed finish to give him and Naoki the title.

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“For Naoki-san, this is his second title of the season following the Super Formula title,” Button said, “but for me this is my first title in nine years, so I am very happy.”

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