3 July 2018

Honda factory drivers Guerrieri and Baguette in Total 24 Hours of Spa

Honda factory drivers Guerrieri and Baguette in Total 24 Hours of Spa

Castrol Honda Racing have announced that Esteban Guerrieri and Bertrand Baguette will spearhead the team’s line-up at the upcoming Total 24 Hours of Spa. The pair of Honda official drivers will race an NSX GT3 in the Blancpain GT Series’ showpiece event.

Esteban, 33, has tested the NSX GT3 regularly in 2018 and made his race debut with the car in the ADAC GT Masters event at the Red Bull Ring in Austria in June. The Argentinian; a regular race winner and title contender in single-seater racing earlier in his career, is contesting the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup in 2018 and is already a race winner in a Honda Civic Type R TCR for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.

Bertrand, 32, made his name by winning the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 title and tested for several Formula 1 teams before competing in IndyCar and then winning the LMP2 division of the Le Mans 24 Hours and FIA World Endurance Championship after switching to sportscars for 2013. Since 2014 he has been a factory Honda driver and competes in Japan’s premier sportscar series; Super GT, in an NSX GT500 run by Nakajima Racing.

Although Spa represents his first race in the NSX GT3, he is no stranger to the 24-hour race or to the GT3 category. The Belgian has contested the event four times with a best finish of eighth.

Castrol Honda Racing have entered the Pro-Am category for the event, meaning Esteban and Bertrand will be joined by two ‘bronze’ (non-professional) drivers. These will be revealed at a later date.

Esteban Guerrieri: “Ever since I first saw the NSX GT3 in Macau last year – and sat in it – I knew I wanted to race it. I’ve been able to do that recently in ADAC GT Masters, but to be given the opportunity to race at an event as prestigious as the Total 24 Hours of Spa – one of the greatest circuits in the world – is a great honour and I am very grateful to Honda and Castrol for involving me in this exciting project. Compared to a TCR, the GT3 is a lot more powerful, has a more advanced electronic package and is a very different driving experience. I am really looking forward to it.”

Bertrand Baguette: “The Total 24 Hours of Spa is the most prestigious GT3 race in the world and I’m so happy to be a part of the Castrol Honda Racing team and to have my first experience of racing the beautiful NSX GT3. I’ve had many successes in my sportscar career so far, like the victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA WEC title in LMP2, and last year I won SuperGT’s biggest race; the Suzuka 1000km. Spa is extra-special though. I’m a Belgian and it’s Belgium’s greatest circuit – and one of the best in the world – and getting a good result there would be something to remember for the rest of my career. Although I haven’t driven the NSX GT3, I have plenty of experience of GT3 cars and I hope I can use this to contribute to a successful event for the team.”