F2 outcast Matsushita to make Super GT debut with Honda

Jamie Klein
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Matsushita will partner Toshiki Oyu in ARTA's Honda NSX GT3 in the GT300 class for the final two rounds of the 2020 season, as Takagi recovers from injuries sustained in a heavy crash in last weekend's Super Taikyu round at Okayama.

The 27-year-old had been racing in F2 this season with MP Motorsport, picking up a sprint race win at Barcelona, before suddenly parting ways with the Dutch squad ahead of September's Sochi round and being replaced by Giuliano Alesi.

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#55 ARTA NSX GT3<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
#55 ARTA NSX GT3Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio

Matsushita will be charged with helping ARTA defend the GT300 title it won last year with Takagi, 46, and another Honda protege with F2 experience, Nirei Fukuzumi.

Oyu and Takagi are currently 13 points adrift of Naoya Gamou and Togo Suganami in the LEON Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with 42 up for grabs in the last two races.

Two-time category champion Takagi, meanwhile, is set to undergo surgery on Thursday after sustaining a fractured lumbar vertebra and right wrist in his Okayama crash.

The incident occurred on the sixth lap at the hairpin at the end of the back straight, as Takagi's Hirix Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 ploughed into the barriers at barely abated speed.

After initial checks in the medical centre, he was transported to hospital by helicopter, with Takagi providing an update on his condition on Tuesday on his personal Facebook page - underlining his desire to return to competition as soon as possible.

Additional reporting by Tomohiro Yoshida

Shinichi Takagi(#55 ARTA NSX GT3)

Shinichi Takagi(#55 ARTA NSX GT3)<span class="copyright">Masahide Kamio</span>
Shinichi Takagi(#55 ARTA NSX GT3)Masahide Kamio

Masahide Kamio