AF Corse’s Michele Rugolo is out front with three hours complete in the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
The No. 77 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 holds a 20-second lead over the No. 27 TFM Ferrari of Jono Lester, with both Ferraris yet to pit during the most recent cycle.
Marco Mapelli runs third overall in the pole-sitting No. 15 Phoenix Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra, which has so far dominated the early stages of the race.
Co-driver Markus Winkelhock led the field to the green and stretched out an impressive gap over the No. 35 NISMO Global Athlete Team Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 early.
The Nissan, now in the hands of Florian Strauss, runs in fifth, behind the crocodile-liveried Phoenix Audi of Christpher Haase in fourth.
There have been three safety car periods so far, the first coming out at the 19-minute mark for the No. 42 Hallmark Homes BMW of Anthony Gilbertson, who slammed into the wall at the Conrod Straight.
A heavy crash for the No. 14 Peter Conroy Motorsport Porsche at Hell’s Corner brought out another yellow in the second hour.
The No. 51 IMAK-KWIKMIT Porsche and the No. 66 GT3 Endurance/Mobil 1 Porsche collided shortly after the restart, resulting in another yellow.
A number of other cars have faced early setbacks, including the No. 11 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 of Harold Primat, who was forced to serve two penalties for jumping restarts.