Jenson Button is making his return to full-time racing this year in Super GT and his season kicked off pretty strongly. He started fifth but slipped back to ninth in the early stages and did the classic Button thing of being super smooth on his tyres.
That meant that when he pitted from seventh to hand over to Yamamoto the team didn’t need to change tyres, leaping the duo up to second place.
Despite the older tyres, Yamamoto reeled in the leaders (Koudai Tsukakoshi and Takashi Kogure) but just ran out of laps, eventually finishing 1.6 seconds behind to give Honda a 1-2. It was an extremely close race all-round, with less than six seconds covering the top four in GT500.
As championships go Super GT has some unusual quirks, and this race was no different. As well as the regular trophies, the winners were awarded a rather unusual prize on the podium:
Yep, it’s a set of golf clubs.