Jenson Button will make his Japanese Super GT debut at the Suzuka 1000km event in August, as he lines up behind the wheel of a Team Mugen Honda NSX-GT machine. The British former Formula One World Champion has been enjoying his retirement in recent months whilst deciding on a program of competition, spending time behind the wheel of a World Rallycross car recently and of course stepping in for his former teammate Fernando Alonso at the Monaco Grand Prix. However with his full time professional career closing out at the end of the 2016 Grand Prix season, Button has confirmed he will once again race in the Land of the Rising Sun as he takes part in the classic Suzuka 1000km Super GT event, partnering Japanese Super GT regulars Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima. “After driving an NSX Concept-GT at the Honda Racing Thanks Day last December, I became interested in racing in Super GT,” said Button. “I spoke with Honda and they have given me the chance to race at the Suzuka 1000km. As an F1 driver and a member of Team Mugen, I will push to win. “I am very much looking forward to racing in front of my Japanese fans again.” With Button having somewhat of an affinity with the Japanese racing public he was understandably keen to be out racing again over in Japan, coupled with his and McLarens strong ties with the Honda brand the way was paved for JB to sample the car and commit to Japans toughest endurance racing event of the year. The Suzuka 1000km will be running in 2017 for the 46th and final time of its illustrious history, and as such both teams and organizers were keen to secure at least one 'big name' European signing to the starting lineup this year. Having already sampled the car during a Honda corporate day last year, Button will again be able to get behind the wheel, this time in anger, at an upcoming tyre test at the Japanese Grand Prix venue, where team and driver will begin the serious preparations as the look to achieve a good result and turn around an at times trying Super GT season. For more Formula One news check out the Formula One sub forum here at RaceDepartment and get yourself involved in the discussion! Happy to see Button try his hand at GT racing? Would you like to see the Englishman compete full time in 2018, and if so in what series? Let us know in the comments section below!