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Buhk Leads Mercedes-AMG 1-2 in Opening Hour at Bathurst

Maxi Buhk leads opening hour of Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour…

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Maxi Buhk leads a Mercedes-AMG 1-2 in the opening hour of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Buhk, in the No. 999 GruppeM Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 holds a one-second advantage over the No. 77 Craft Bamboo Black Falcon entry driven by Luca Stolz, having led the field to the 5:45 a.m. local start in full darkness.

Steven Kane runs third in the No. 107 Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3.

The No. 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 of Marvin Kirchhoefer, who was forced to start 12th after being excluded from the Pirelli Top 10 Shootout due to a technical infraction, has moved up to 9th.

Trouble has struck the No. 34 Walkenhorst BMW M6 GT3, with Nicky Catsburg stopping on track with a broken oil pump.

The car has since been returned to the pits where it remains in the garage.

Another pre-race favorite, the No. 888 Team Vodafone Mercedes, meanwhile, has made an early pit stop and runs 30th overall.

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