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Nissan Out Front After Four Hours at Bathurst

Todd Kelly out front after four hours at Bathurst…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The No. 24 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Todd Kelly leads the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour after four hours, while under the race’s sixth safety car period.

Kelly had been running second prior to a pit stop for the then-leading No. 17 Bentley Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 of Steven Kane, who inherited the lead after an incident up front.

The pole-sitting No. 88 Maranello Motorsport Ferrari 488 GT3 Craig Lowndes lost the lead on the most recent restart when he was turned around by Craig Baird.

Baird was handed a stop-and-hold penalty for the contact and has dropped to eighth, with the Maranello Ferrari up to fifth, now in the hands of Jamie Whincup.

Trouble stuck the other contending Jamec Pem Audi, when contact was made between the No. 12 Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R of David Calvert-Jones and Christopher Mies.

Mies lost six laps for repairs, while Calvert-Jone was handed a penalty for the contact.

The No. 911 Walkinshaw Porsche, meanwhile, is out of the race after Earl Bamber made contact with a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, damaging the factory-backed car’s steering rack.

A number of other cars have also dropped out of the race due to accidents, in what’s been an attrition-filled race so far.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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