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EBM Porsche Out Front With Two Hours to Go

Earl Bamber Motorport Porsche out front in Bathurst 12 Hour…

Photo: Porsche

Dennis Olsen has retaken the lead of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour heading into what’s expected to be a frantic final two hours of the race.

The Porsche Young Professional holds a 14-second advantage in the No. 911 Earl Bamber Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R over Jake Dennis’ No. 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 in second.

It came after the latest round of pit stops, which saw then-leader Vincent Abril pit his leading No. 108 Team M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 just prior to the end of the hour.

Seven cars remain on the lead lap.

While the majority of the teams need only one more stop, Olsen may need an additional splash to get his Porsche to the finish.

Trouble struck the sister No. 911 EBM entry, which has been retired due to power steering issues in the 10th hour.

The remaining contending Audi R8 LMS, meanwhile, is also out of a chance for the win after a steering rack issue for the No. 2 Team Vavoline entry of Christopher Haase, who lost eight laps in the 7th hour.

Another pre-race favorite, the No. 77 Craft Bamboo Black Falcon Mercedes-AMG GT3, meanwhile, retired in the eighth hour after Gary Paffett ground to a halt on track.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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