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Honda to test RA108, Kogure this week 21 Jan 2008

Takashi Kogure (JPN) finished third. 49th Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix, Macau, China. 17 November 2002. World © Moy/Sutton Jenson Button (GBR) Honda RA107 on slick tyres. Formula One Testing, Day One, Jerez, Spain, Tuesday, 4 December 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton

Honda have announced plans to kick start their 2008 campaign in style at this week's multi-team test in Valencia. Not only will the media get a sneak preview of the new RA108, ahead of its official launch later this month, but the squad also plan to test Japanese hopeful Takashi Kogure at the Spanish circuit.

Kogure will have the opportunity to drive the older RA107 during Wednesday and Thursday, as part of the Formula Dream Project through which Honda supports promising young drivers. The 27 year-old races for the company in the Formula Nippon and Super GT Series in Japan.

“This is my second opportunity to drive a Formula One car and I am really looking forward to it,” he said. “I hope to do my very best and use all my experience from racing in Japan to put in a good performance.

“I expect to learn a lot from the test, particularly from working alongside the team's Formula One drivers who are amongst the very best racing drivers in the world. I would like to say a big thank you to the Honda Racing F1 Team and the Honda Formula Dream Project for giving me this great opportunity.”

The squad’s 2008 challenger will gets its first track outing once new tester Alexander Wurz has completed a reference programme in the RA107. The new car is expected to be tested in an interim white colouring before the presentation of its new livery at the official unveiling at the squad’s UK factory in Brackley next week.