Audi has taken control of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at the halfway mark, with the German manufacturer’s two factory supported entries running 1-2.
Christopher Haase is out front in the No. 74 Jamec Pem Racing Audi R8 LMS, ahead of teammate Garth Tander, who lost the lead prior to the race’s ninth full-course caution.
The two Audis have come alive in warmer conditions, as the early pace-setting BMW M6 GT3s have slightly faded.
The No. 100 BMW Team SRM entry of Phillip Eng runs fourth, behind Earl Bamber’s No. 991 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Romain Dumas, meanwhile, is fifth in the No. 911 Manthey Racing entry, with Alex Davison making it three Porsches in the top-six.
Davison had slight contact with the No. 13 RHC-Lawrence/Strom BMW M4 GT4 of Daren Joregnsen, who slammed into the wall to bring out the most recent yellow.
The pole-sitting No. 43 BMW Team SRM car, which was one of at least two cars to get hit by a restart penalty, runs seventh in the hands of Augusto Farfus.
The No. 4 Grove Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car of Ben Barker leads Class B, despite multiple issues, while the No. 30 Boat Works Racing BMW M4 GT4 is out front in Class C.