Anything can turn up on an online auction site. And that can at times include a recently active race car from the Autobacs Super GT Series.
R’Qs Motor Sports have placed their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 up for auction this week, with a starting price of ¥5,500,000 JPY (~$49,000 USD / ~£37,000 GBP). This car has been in the team’s service since the 2013 season, and accumulated over 13,400 kilometers over five-plus seasons of racing as driven primarily by veteran drivers Hisashi Wada and Masaki “Guts” Jyonai.
The auction will run until July 30, with the FIA GT3 category car eligible to compete in Super GT’s GT300 class, as well as the Super Taikyu ST-X class.
This is believed to be an older model of the SLS AMG that was used by R’Qs from 2013 until the opening round of the 2017 season, that has since been replaced with what is believed to be a newer chassis that formerly used by Arnage Racing from 2015 to 2016.
R’Qs Motor Sports also unveiled a revised paintscheme at the same weekend of their new car’s debut at the Fuji GT 500km Race on May 3-4.
R’Qs Motor Sports were not set to race the next round, the Sugo GT 300km Race on July 22-23 at Sportsland SUGO, due to the circuit’s limited garage capacity and the team’s disadvantaged Seed Rights placement after finishing 24th in the GT300 Teams’ Championship. They also withdrew from the two most recent Official Tests at Sugo, and at Suzuka Circuit.
The team was founded in 2010 by Wada in the GT300 category. Their best finish as a team is ninth place at the 2014 Buriram Super GT Race in Thailand. Wada’s recent driving form has come under scrutiny, with the 55-year-old serving a one-race ban at the Fuji 500km due to repeated violations of Super GT’s Driving Moral Hazard System. This resulted in Hideto Yasuoka taking over alongside Jyonai for one round.
They are expected, though not 100 percent confirmed as of yet, to complete the 2017 season with the newer SLS AMG.