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Mercedes 1-2 After Opening Hour At Bathurst

Clean racing,

After a remarkably clean opening hour of racing at Bathurst, and with the sun now shining, it’s Mercedes up front in control of the race, the #999 pole-sitting Gruppe M Mercedes AMG GT3 of Maximillian Buhk leading the way.

Luca Stolz sits second in the #77 Craft Bamboo Mercedes, making it a 1-2 for the German marque at this early stage.

The gap between the two is just a second at the turn of the hour, with the #109 Bentley third overall with Steven Kane at the wheel, 4.7 seconds back.

It’s been relatively static so far up front, with no major dramas or yellows, though there have been some movers and shakers.

Dirk Werner is up to fourth in the #912 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche, after getting past Luke Youlden in the #777 Bend Motorsport Park Mercedes. Yelmer Buurman in the #19 Griffith AMG GT3 sits third, after he too got by Youlden to also take the lead in Class A Pro Am. Youldon is now down to 10th place in the #777.

Through traffic, Vincent Abril has climbed the order to sixth in the #108 Bentley, after the Frenchman started the race in 10th and has since made daring moves and set blistering times.

Dramas struck two runners in Class A during the hour, Shane van Gisbergen in the #888 Triple Eight Mercedes had an off at Turn 1 dropping the Kiwi from 11th to 14th. He then came in for an early stop for a new set of right-side tyres and has dropped to 27th overall.

The #34 Walkenhorst BMW started by Nicky Catsburg also hit trouble, losing power after an off and stopping on the pit entry, almost colliding with the #888 as it came in. The car had to be towed into the pits, losing the team further time before mechanics could work on the car.

In the other classes, Class I is curently lead by the #20 T2 Racing MARC II V8 , Class B is being led by pole-sitter Ben Barker in the Grove Porsche, though Chris van der Drift in the #23 Team Carerra Cup Asia 911 is right behind and looking for the lead.

Class C is being led by the #13 Strom by MarcGT BMW of Brett Strom.

In the GT4-based class the #71 KTM became an early casualty, James Winslow putting a wheel on the grass on the entry to Turn 1, sending him spinning into the exit road, and into the wall. This damaged the car, and later casued it to stop on driver’s left on the run up to Turn 2. Winslow did eventually get it back to the pits however, to hand over to Mathias Beche- the car spending some time in the garage..