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Grid Reduced to 34 Cars After Carnage-Filled Saturday

Bathurst 12H set for reduced grid due to numerous accidents on Saturday…

Photo: Slade Perrins

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour is down to a maximum 34-car grid following three additional withdrawals in the wake of a carnage-filled Saturday on the Mountain.

The No. 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT3 has been ruled out of the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season-opener after Marvin Kirchhoffer’s massive accident in Qualifying 2.

It came less than 30 minutes after a heavy impact between the Triple Eight-run No. 777 The Bend Motorsport Park Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Sam Shahin and Tyler Everingham’s No. 92 Scandia Racing by Racer Industries Marc II during Q1.

Both cars have also been deemed unrepairable on-site.

Having climbed from the cars under their own power, Shahin and Everingham have both been transported to a local hospital for precautionary evaluations.

The three entries join the previously confirmed withdrawals from KCMG and HubAuto Corsa, due to accidents on Friday and Saturday morning, respectively.

The damage of Trofeo Motorsport’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3, which crashed in the hands of Dean Canto near the end of Q2, meanwhile, is still being assessed according to a team spokesperson.

Canto’s Lambo ended up in top of the tire barriers at Skyline in dramatic fashion. 

Team M-Sport, which had a sizable accident in final practice on Saturday morning, meanwhile, remains confident of getting its No. 8 Bentley Continental GT3 back on track for tomorrow’s 5:45 a.m. start.

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