It was just prior to this intervention that Yamashita dived into the pits for the #6 Lexus's third stop, with the strategy call elevating him and Oshima into the lead.
Given that Button and Yamamoto were able to jump the NISMO car in the next pitstop and then hold off their subsequent attacks, Button feels he might have scored his second GT500 victory if the LeMans Lexus team had not got “very lucky” with the safety car.
“We did maximum for the car today,” Button said. “Good drive by Naoki and myself. Team did a good strategy. We had a chance to win but the #6 car got very lucky with the safety car.
"It really was a shame. But we fought today very hard, with a lot of quick cars. We were able to beat the #23 NISMO [car], which was surprising. Very good job by the whole team.
“We are happy but always a little bit disappointed when you know that you didn’t have the opportunity to fight for a win. Maybe we wouldn’t win but the opportunity was gone because of the safety car.”