Porsche leads Bathurst 12 Hour at halfway as rain arrives

Bathurst 12 Hour
18 Feb
The #912 Manthey EMA Porsche continues to lead the way as the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour passes the halfway mark
  • #912 Porsche leads Bathurst 12 Hour at halfway

  • #32 BMW crashes out in dramatic fashion

  • Rain arrives in Bathurst as race passes halfway mark

The #912 Manthey EMA Porsche continues to lead the way as the Repco Bathurst 12 Hour passes the halfway mark.

Ayhancan Güven was behind the wheel of the #912 Porsche as the race hit the six-hour milestone, with dark clouds looming over the Mountain.

Shortly after the halfway mark, rain descended on Mount Panorama, with the Safety Car deployed for a sixth time after John Holinger (#10 SupaGlass IRC GT) was taken out.

Güven led the #22 Wash It Team MPC Audi of Christopher Haase, who passed Valentino Rossi’s #46 WRT BMW at The Chase after the MotoGP legend made an error.

Scary race-ending crash for pole-sitting BMW

Rossi kicked off another round of stops as rain fell, with WRT opting for wet Pirelli tyres on the #46 BMW. 

The #912 led the field at the three-hour mark after a Safety Car restart, with Güven leading the #130 GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG with Felipe Fraga behind the wheel.

However, the #130 would soon serve a drive-through penalty for a pit stop breach, and dropped to 10th.

The #46 inherited second with Raffaele Marciello behind the wheel, ahead of teammate Dries Vanthoor in the sister #32 WRT BMW, and Broc Feeney in the #888 National Storage Mercedes-AMG.

Behind them were Bastian Buus (#13 Phantom Global Porsche), Kenny Habul (#75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG), Brad Schumacher (#2 KFC Team MPC Audi) and Haas (#22 Wash It Team MPC Audi).

Battle for Pro-Am honours gets ugly at McPhillamy

The Safety Car was called when Hadrian Morrall crashed the #91 Martini-backed Wheels FX Racing IRC at Griffins Bend.


The #912 Porsche, both BMWs and the #888 Mercedes-AMG pitted, with Habul initially staying out before eventually pitting.

Matt Campbell led at the restart in the #912, from Maxime Martin (#46 WRT BMW), Charles Weerts (#32 WRT BMW), Mikaël Grenier (#888 Mercedes-AMG), Jaxon Evans (#13 Porsche), Maximilian Götz (#77 Mercedes-AMG), Maro Engel (#130 Mercedes-AMG), Markus Winkelhock (#2 Audi), Kelvin van der Linde (#22 Audi), and Luca Stolz (#75 Mercedes-AMG).

The pit cycle kicked off once again after 99 laps, when Yasser Shahin (#911 The Bend Manthey EMA Porsche) was turned into the McPhillamy sand by Pro-Am rival Glen Wood (#48 Mercedes-AMG).

Under yellow, Julien Boillot spun the Invitational class #701 Vortex while exiting The Dipper.

Campbell led the BMWs, the #13 Porsche, the #22 and #2 Audis, the #888 Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG, the #130 GruppeM Mercedes-AMG, the #77 Craft-Bamboo Mercedes-AMG, and the #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG.

#91 MARC crashes out at Griffins Bend

Ahead of the next round of stops, Weerts dramatically crashed out of the race in the pole-sitting #32 BMW after a collision with the #56 Ginetta GT4 of Colin White, triggering another Safety Car.

The #912 Manthey EMA Porsche again emerged in the lead with Laurens Vanthoor behind the wheel, ahead of Rossi, Kelvin van der Linde (22 Audi), Joel Eriksson (#13 Phantom Global Porsche), and Will Brown (#888 Triple Eight Mercedes-AMG). Jules Gounon, meanwhile, was 11th in the #75 SunEnergy1 Mercedes-AMG.

Just as Vanthoor edged away, the Ginetta triggered the fifth Safety Car when Owen Hizzey crashed.

The top 12 all pitted and Güven got back in the #912 Porsche, with Feeney passing Eriksson at Griffins Bend on the restart.

The accident for Holinger, who was sent into the wall by Ricardo Feller (#2 Audi), triggered another Safety Car, with rain forcing the field onto wet tyres.

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