Honda Racing confirms 12-Hour drivers

Honda Racing has confirmed the drivers that will contest the Intercontinental GT Challenge in 2020 with the NSX GT3 Evo.

Dane Cameron, Mario Farnbacher and Renger van der Zande will drive the car at the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour and the full IntGTC series, to be joined by Bertrand Baguette at the Spa 24 Hours.

Mario, 27, claimed the biggest title of his career by claiming the IMSA GTD crown in North America last year driving an NSX GT3 Evo, and the German also drove the car in three IntGTC races; claiming pole position on the cars series debut at Laguna Seca.

Dutchman Renger, 33, claimed victory in one of the world’s biggest endurance races, the 24 Hours of Daytona, in 2019 and was part of Honda’s IntGTC line-up at the Laguna Seca and Spa races.

American racer Dane, 31, enjoyed an incredible 2019; securing the IMSA DPi title and helping his NSX GT3 Evo team win the GT World Challenge pro-am Teams’ crown by taking more race victories than anyone else in the class.

“After such a great year in North America, I was honoured to be asked to represent Honda at the last race of the 2019 IntGTC, and now am even more so to have a larger programme with the NSX GT3 Evo in the series 2020,” Cameron said.

“The speed we had at Kyalami was among the very best and if we can start with the same level of performance in Australia, I think we’re in for a strong season. The track action at Bathurst starts less than five days after the end of the 24 Hours of Daytona, so it’s going to be a very busy time for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Renger, Dane and Mario will be behind the wheel for the Bathurst 12 Hours with Bertrand set to come into the line-up for the 24 Hours of Spa in July.

Bertrand, 33, from Belgium, has been a Honda Racing driver since 2014; winning Super GT races outright in Japan, racing the NSX GT3 in 2018 and being the only ever-present in the IntGTC line-up last year.

The NSX GT3 Evo enjoyed a superb maiden year of competition in 2019, recording eight major titles in North America, Europe and Japan with a variety of customer teams.

Its first race as an IntGTC entrant – the California 8 Hour at Laguna Seca – brought about a pole position while a top-six finish was achieved at the showpiece race of the season at Spa.

The 2020 Intercontinental GT Challenge comprises five events. Following Bathurst there is a five-month gap, to be followed by Spa, Suzuka, the new Indianapolis 8 Hour in October and the season finale at Kyalami, South Africa.