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R’Qs Motor Sports puts its Mercedes SLS AMG up for auction

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.

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Jenson Button confirms Suzuka 1000km drive with Team Mugen

One of the highest-profile debuts in the history of the Autobacs Super GT Series has finally been made official: 2009 Formula One World Champion, Jenson Button, will make his Super GT race debut at this year’s 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final.

Button, a veteran of over seventeen seasons in Formula 1, will drive for Team Mugen in the #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT, alongside 2016 Suzuka 1000km pole winner Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima.

Button’s Super GT journey will begin with a mid-week tyre test at Suzuka Circuit on June 6-7, but the excitement of this announcement – a deal that is nine months in the making – will carry on through the 46th and final running of the Suzuka 1000km on August 27th.

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GTA chairman Bandoh weighs in on Honda weight reduction, update on DTM alliance

On Sunday morning, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh delivered his customary pre-race press conference before the Super GT in Kyushu 300km at Autopolis.

Many subjects were addressed during Bandoh’s press conference, as it pertains to Balance of Performance – and in particular, the recent 15 kilogram weight deduction for the Honda NSX-GTs going into this third round of the championship, as well as an update on the agreement between Super GT and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM), the 2018 Super GT race at Suzuka Circuit, and of course, Super GT’s return to Autopolis.

Special thanks to our friend Geinou of RacingBlog.de who provided translations of Bandoh’s remarks.

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Bandoh’s Fuji 500km Press Conference: “We support pure competition on all levels”

On the morning of May 4, before the Fuji GT 500km Race, GT Association (GTA) chairman Masaaki Bandoh gave his customary Super GT pre-race press conference, updating the media and the fans on the latest developments within the series.

With thanks to our friend Geinou of RacingBlog.de, who provided translations of last Thursday’s comments, here are Chairman Bandoh’s comments about a number of different topics – including the new Suzuka 10 Hours endurance race, Balance of Performance, and the upcoming return to Autopolis circuit on Kyushu island.

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