The Mountain has claimed two more cars as the race approaches the three-hour mark, with the #6 Wall Racing Lamborghini and the #22 Audi Sport Team Valvoline cars taking no further part after sustaining damage in separate incidents.
The #6 Wall Racing Lamborghini clipped the inside wall at The Esses, firing the car across the track and into the wall at The Dipper. Jules Westwood bringing the car to a stop on the exit of the dipper, ending the Wall Racing run just under two hours into the race.
Garth Tander in the #22 Audi came unstuck at McPhillamy, in a strange incident involving the team car, the #2, driven by Dries Vanthoor. Vanthoor ran wide on entry to the corner, in the wake of the #1 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche, opening the door for Tander to move through. However, the rear disconnected on the #22 car, pitching the car sideways and into the gravel, missing the team car by millimetres on the way to the wall.
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Tander was helped from the car but was unhurt. The incident brought out the third safety car of the race, minutes before the maximum driver stint time of 2 hours and 30 minutes, into the race.
These incidents come after the #188 Garage 59 Aston Martin was the first to find the wall, running wide over Skyline and making contact with the wall through The Esses. The field has been reduced to 31 cars running, with the three retirements adding to a record five pre-race withdrawals.
Felipe Fraga in the #999 GruppeM Mercedes AMG leads the way, ahead of the #46 Pro-Am Black Falcon Mercedes AMG with Sergey Afanasiev. Early leaders 59 Racing are in 4th with the #60 car, after moving to an alternate strategy in the SC sequence.