Shock strategy Leads Craft-Bamboo to Bathurst for 12 Hours

#91 Craft-Bamboo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3

Mercedes-AMG Crew Craft-Bamboo Racing is main the midpoint of the Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hours after the race’s insane six-hour opening.

The #91 Mercedes-AMG GT3 has a 42-second lead over the subsequent finest automotive after a gap continent with rain, fog, occasions and 6 Security Automobile interventions.

Mast keepers Chaz Mostert, Fraser Ross and Liam Talbot (Audi #65) had hassle on the sixth hour when Talbot paused momentarily earlier than the automotive entered the storage.

Ross rejoins the monitor in 14th, however is 10 laps behind after the mechanical gremlins.

A lot of intriguing methods emerged as Race Management allowed the race to start out at the hours of darkness, in foggy situations early within the morning.

Probably the most outlier of those was race chief Craft-Bamboo Mercedes, who accomplished 12 pit stops earlier than the four-hour mark, 9 of which had been obligatory 9 Necessary Pit Stops (CPS).

Which means entry Maro Engel, Daniel Juncadella and Kevin Tse can run to the flag by stopping solely so long as the required service lasts, versus the 120 second minimal move time for a CPS.

Am driver Tse bought behind the wheel of the one worldwide automotive on the finish of the six-hour run on Mount Panorama, however was rapidly caught by Jules Gounon (#75 Mercedes).

After the Security Automobile begin, Zane Morse appeared for the second time within the 52nd MARC II V8 after hitting the wall at The Grate in the direction of the top of the primary hour.

This noticed some crews cease and get their Bronze rated drivers into the automobile regardless of poor visibility which made issues tough.

Amongst a gaggle of Bronze drivers, Broc Feeney took the lead in Mercedes 888, passing Liam Talbot, who gave the impression to be struggling and fell to ninth place.

As nightfall was mild, Brenton Grove beached Porsche 4 on gravel at Flip 1 to carry our third Security Automobile into 90 minutes.

It was beneath this full yellow interval when the rain got here and Jack Perkins crashed into Mercedes 19 at The Chase in slippery situations.

Crew BRM jumped ahead after placing moist climate tires on a #17 Audi on the opportune second, and Nick Percat handed a protracted fourth Security Automobile for a stalled KTM.

Their lead did not take lengthy, because the automotive was delivered to the storage to repair an issue with the rear rain mild.

Two extra Security Automobile durations had been wanted because the fog returned, and on the finish of the sixth yellow intervention, Craft-Bamboo Mercedes took the lead, which missed qualifying yesterday as a result of an engine change.

Whereas monitor situations remained moist, Mercedes couple Juncadella and Shane van Gisbergen had a wholesome lead over the remainder of the group.

Late within the fifth hour, the Triple Eight had been the primary runners to drag the set off and slick on what’s now a drying cycle.

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