The Belgian driver has been a part of Honda’s GT500 roster since he first joined the Nakajima Racing squad in 2014, and since 2019 has raced for the Actual Racing outfit.
He gained a complete of 4 races in that point, and secured a greatest end within the standings of third final yr alongside Actual team-mate Koudai Tsukakoshi.
“After eight years collectively, Fuji was my final race as a Honda driver,” Baguette wrote on social media.
“I’ve realized loads, made good pals and I’ll take with me many nice reminiscences. A web page turns and I’ll maintain you posted about my plans for the long run very quickly.”
Baguette was signed by Satoru Nakajima’s group as a alternative for the retiring Ryo Michigami in 2014, making the full-time transfer to Japan after two seasons racing within the World Endurance Championship – with a star flip at Fuji in 2013 placing him on the radar of ex-Lotus and Tyrrell F1 racer Nakajima.
Initially battling the uncompetitive Dunlop tyre, Baguette’s persistence paid off in 2017 when he and Kosuke Matsuura gained the Suzuka 1000km, which stays Dunlop’s most up-to-date GT500 victory.
After yet one more season at Nakajima, Baguette earned a promotion to Bridgestone squad Actual Racing in 2019, and regardless of and up-and-down marketing campaign he and Tsukakoshi completed as prime Honda crew within the standings.
Bertrand Baguette, #17 Astemo NSX-GT
Picture by: Masahide Kamio
Final yr he and Tsukakoshi gained their first races a duo to place collectively a title problem that went all the way down to the ultimate race, the pair including to their tally on this yr’s Fuji 500km spherical in Could.
Baguette and Tsukakoshi went into final weekend’s last spherical at Fuji with an outdoor probability of the championship, trailing pre-race points-leader Naoki Yamamoto by eight factors, however an early accident for Baguette whereas attempting to make up for misplaced floor ended the group’s hopes.
The information opens up a chief spot within the Actual Racing line-up for 2021. Present Impul Nissan driver Nobuharu Matsushita has been linked to the vacant seat alongside Tsukakoshi.
Toyota Tremendous GT driver Heikki Kovalainen announced earlier this week that he would not be persevering with within the collection subsequent yr.