Current Japanese Super GT Championship leader Takuya Izawa is to compete in his home rounds of the World Touring Car Championship next month at Suzuka.

The 30-year-old will join Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro in an expanded three-car Honda line-up for what will be his first appearance in the series.

Izawa and team-mate Takashi Kogure are current points leaders in the GT500 class of the Super GT series driving a Honda HSV car for Team Kunimitsu.

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"I wish to thank everyone at Honda, Honda Racing Team JAS and everyone involved in the WTCC for the opportunity to race at Suzuka," he said. "I was able to join the JAS Team for a test in Portugal last year, and the sheer professionalism I experienced really inspired me. I am excited to join the championship as well as compete with all its world-class drivers at Suzuka.

"I would imagine that getting results will be difficult in such a top level racing series, but competing in a touring car on a circuit that I grew up on is a new adventure for me, and I am certain that this experience will help me build my future career.

"I am truly thrilled about the prospect and hope to deliver a great performance for all WTCC fans."