The Honda NSX GT3 Evo scored a pair of competitive top-five finishes as it made its debut in the Italian GT Championship with Nova Race at Vallelunga last weekend.
Competing in the pro-am category, JAS Motorspot Test Driver Marco Bonanomi and Nova Race Team Principal Luca Magnoni teamed up as the Varese-based squad undertook their first weekend with the car.
Qualifying sixth in class for both of the weekend’s races, a stern set of challenges faced the team in this ultra-competitive series.
Magnoni climbed to fifth in class during the opening stint of Race One, but the team’s ability to ascend further was thwarted as two long safety-car periods meant Marco completed just one full lap of his 27-minute stint under green-flag conditions.
Despite this, he did climb to fourth by the chequered flag, and after yet more lengthy safety-car running during his opening stint of a wet Sunday race, he handed over to Magnoni to make it another fourth-place finish.
Nova Race will contest a full season of Italian GTs next year with a two-car line-up that will feature JAS Development Driver Jacopo Guidetti.
The car was competing as part of the NSX GT3 Customer Racing Programme; a global collaborative project with JAS Motorsport responsible for assembly of all cars.
Honda Performance Development (HPD) and M-TEC handle sales and technical support in North America and Japan respectively, with JAS responsible for these areas across the rest of the world.