A Porsche car was flipped onto its side after being caught up in a crash in the 12 Hours of Sepang. The crash was caused by the #4 Grove Racing Mercedes and the contact ended the team’s chance at winning.

By Steven Walton

The turn one crash unfolded seven hours and 40 minutes into the race during a a safety car restart.

Heading into turn one, Brenton Grove in the #4 Grove Racing Mercedes hit the back of Li Donghui in the #777 Climax Racing Audi, which caused Li to spin.

Contact was then made with Tanart Sathienthirakul in the #61 EBM Porsche, who appeared to have nowhere to go. His Porsche was hit at the rear and this flipped his car onto its side.

The Porsche was later put back down onto its wheels and Tanart was uninjured.

The Porsche retired while the Grove Racing Mercedes and the Climax Audi both returned to the pits, though neither car had rejoined the race more than 15 minutes after the crash.

Grove Racing was handed a drive-through penalty for causing the collision.

The Grove Racing Mercedes was running second at the time of the crash and had led the race at times earlier in the day.

A full course yellow (FCY) was deployed after the crash.

The leading #44 R&B Racing Porsche pitted under the FCY, which handed the race lead to the #911 Absolute Racing Porsche.

With three hours and 40 minutes to go, the Absolute Racing Porsche was 12 seconds ahead of the R&B Racing car, which was running in second.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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