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Mies Quickest as Chiyo Crashes Nissan in Final Practice

Jamec Pem Audi quickest in final practice…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

The No. 75 Jamec Pem Audi R8 LMS topped the time charts, as the No. 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 crashed on the Mountain in final practice for Sunday’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.

Christopher Mies reeled off a best lap of 2:03.500 in the stop-start one-hour session, edging out the No. 11 Objective Racing McLaren 650S GT3 by 0.364 seconds.

The No. 60 BMW Team SRM BMW M6 GT3 was third, with Katsumasa Chiyo’s Nissan fourth, which ended the session in the wall.

Chiyo clipped the wall on the right side with less than ten minutes remaining, bringing out a session-ending red flag.

It came just moments after the sister No. 24 Nissan returned to the track after an all-nighter to rebuild the car following chassis damage sustained in Florian Strauss’ accident on Friday.

FP5 also saw an early red flag, following a heavy crash for the No. 62 R-Motorsport Aston Martin Vantage GT8 of Jan Struve, who slammed into the wall at Mountain Straight.

Struve escaped injury but the GT4-spec Aston is likely done for the weekend.

Qualifying, for all classes, is set for 10:40 a.m. local time, followed by qualifying for GT3-spec cars only at 11:50 a.m., and the Pirelli Top 10 Shootout at 3:40 p.m.

RESULTS: Free Practice 5

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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