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Matsushita joins Honda for 2022 SUPER GT season

Honda has announced its driver line-ups for the 2022 SUPER GT season, with Nobuharu Matsushita replacing Bertrand Baguette at Real Racing.

The Sakura marque will once again field five cars in SUPER GT’s top GT500 class, with Team Kunimitsu, ARTA, Real Racing, Nakajima Racing and Team Mugen all entering a single car each.

Its new challenger will be based on the limited-edition Type S version of the NSX road car, which has been spied in testing but has yet to be officially unveiled.

The only change in the driver line-up is the arrival of Matsushita at Real Racing in place of Baguette alongside Koudai Tsukakoshi.

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Photo by: Masahide Kamio

Matsushita therefore becomes a fully-fledged Honda factory driver for the first time, having previously had the marque's backing for his GP2 and FIA F2 campaigns in 2015-17 and 2019 before joining Nissan for 2021.

Baguette is expected to be unveiled as Matsushita's replacement at Nissan squad Impul for 2022.

Honda's other Bridgestone-shod teams Kunimitsu (Naoki Yamamoto/Tadasuke Makino) and ARTA (Tomoki Nojiri/Nirei Fukuzumi) retain their respective line-ups for a third successive season.

The marque's two Dunlop squads likewise see no changes, with elder statesman Takuya Izawa being kept on for another season next to Hiroki Otsu at Nakajima Racing and Mugen keeping hold of Ukyo Sasahara and Toshiki Oyu.

Mutoh gets GT300 drive

Honda has also confirmed two entries in the GT300 class, with ARTA and UpGarage each continuing to field a solo NSX GT3 apiece.

ARTA has an entirely new line-up for 2021, with ex-GT500 driver Hideki Mutoh returning to action after a year mostly on the sidelines to partner Honda junior and Japanese F4 graduate Iori Kimura.

They replace veteran Shinichi Takagi and Ren Sato, who is staying on Honda's books as a driver in Super Formula.

Another Honda youngster, Kakunoshin Ota, partners Takashi Kobayashi at UpGarage, replacing Formula 2-bound Teppei Natori.

No mention was made of the other team that ran an NSX GT3 in 2021, Drago Corse, in the announcement.

2022 Honda SUPER GT line-up:

Team

Tyre

No.

Drivers

Kunimitsu

Bridgestone

100

 Naoki Yamamoto

 Tadasuke Makino

ARTA

Bridgestone

8

 Tomoki Nojiri

 Nirei Fukuzumi

Real Racing

Bridgestone

17

 Koudai Tsukakoshi

 Nobuharu Matsushita

Mugen

Dunlop

16

 Toshiki Oyu

 Ukyo Sasahara

Nakajima Racing

Dunlop

64

 Takuya Izawa

 Hiroki Otsu

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