Baguette and Tsukakoshi, who share the #17 Honda NSX-GT again in 2021, are 35 and 34 years old respectively and can boast a combined 19 seasons of GT500 experience. By contrast, three of Honda’s other top class line-ups – Team Kunimitsu, ARTA and Nakajima Racing – have one driver with two seasons or less of top-class experience, and Team Mugen features rookie Toshiki Oyu alongside second-year driver Ukyo Sasahara. However, Baguette says that he and Tsukakoshi being the only ‘all-veteran’ driver pairing in the Honda stable has its benefits, likening their situation to that of vastly experienced Cerumo Toyota duo Hiroaki Ishiura and Yuji Tachikawa. “Of course I believe myself and Koudai can beat anybody else out there, and if you don't think like that it's better not to race,” Baguette told Motorsport.com. “But Honda has done a strong job on the line-ups for the Bridgestone-tyre cars. All six drivers are really strong. “In 2019 one of our strengths was qualifying speed, but for some reason last year it was our weakness. We didn't qualify as well as the #1 [Team Kunimitsu] or the #8 [ARTA]; I don't know why. That's something to work on before the season. “But I… Read full this story
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