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2017-06-05 07:49

BIG IN JAPAN: Jenson Button will race a Mugen-Honda NSX-gt at the Suzuka 1000km race. Image: AFP / Andrej Isakovic

Italy - Formula 1 driver Jenson Button is to make his Super GT debut for Team Mugen at the Suzuka 1000km on August 27, the team has announced.

Button, who will perform testing duties on the Suzuka circuit on June 6-7, retired from F1 at the end of 2016, although he stepped in to replace Fernando Alonso for McLaren-Honda at the Monaco Grand Prix.

Suzuka 1000

Button, the 2009 F1 champion, said: "After driving an NSX Concept-GT at Honda Racing Thanks Day last December, I became interested in racing in Super GT. 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."

Button will be partnered in the GT500 car by regular Mugen drivers Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.

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