Andrew Bagnall has been airlifted to a Sydney hospital following a heavy three-car accident that put the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour under a lengthy caution at the end of the second hour.
Bagnall in the No. 82 International Motorsport Audi R8 LMS, as well as the No. 9 Hallmark Audi of Marc Cini and the Class I-leading No. 67 MARC Cars Australia Marc II V8 Mustang of Morgan Haber were all collected in the crash.
It led to a nearly one-hour long safety car period as crews worked to extract Bagnall, who is reported to be awake and alert and in stable condition.
Additional details on the extent of the 70-year-old Kiwi’s injuries are unknown at this time.
All three cars involved in the accident have been retired, adding to the toll of attrition that’s already hit the race.
The No. 18 Bentley Continental GT3 of Vincent Abril stopped on track while under the yellow, prior to restarting and going straight to the garage for a gearbox change.
Issues have also hit the No. 777 Lamborghini Gallardo R-EX, which ran third overall early.
Up front, the No. 11 Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 of Tim Slade now leads, courtesy of the last round of pit stops while under the race’s fourth full-course caution.
The No. 43 Team Schnitzer BMW M6 GT3, which has dominated the running so far, runs second in the hands of Marco Wittmann.