The 12 Hours of Sepang has started perfectly for Phantom Global Racing, with their two cars running first and second at the end of the first hour. Their #13 Porsche car is leading their #31 Audi.

By Steven Walton

Phantom Global Racing started from pole position with Adderly Fong driving the #31 Audi, but he lost the lead on the opening lap at turn one to Brenton Grove in the #4 Grove Racing Mercedes.

But, the Grove car was later found to be out of position at the start and was handed a drive-through penalty, which dropped it down the order and handed the lead back to Fong in the #31 Audi.

The #13 Phantom Global Porsche started from seventh with Timo Bernhard at the wheel and jumped up to third on the opening lap. It later moved to second when Grove Racing was penalised.

At the start of lap 10, Bernhard passed Fong at turn one to take the lead.

At the end of the first hour, Bernhard continued to lead in the #13 Porsche and was about seven seconds ahead of second-placed Fong. A further 10 seconds back in third was Tanart Sathienthirakul in the #61 EBM Porsche.

Running in fourth overall was the #44 R&B Racing Porsche of Lu Wei. They are the leaders of the GT3 Am class.

Lu was just ahead of the #4 Grove Racing Mercedes, which was in fifth place overall.

The #7 Vortex Racegraph Lamborghini of Jonathan Cecotto led the GTC class at the end of the first hour. Meanwhile, 326 Racing’s Xiao Kunpeng led the TCR class.

Contact at the start

The #26 Absolute Racing Audi, driven by Henk Kiks, was tapped into a spin at the first corner on the opening lap by the #710 D1 Racing Team Lamborghini GTC car.

The Lamborghini was given a drive-through penalty for causing a collision.

Kiks pitted after the contact and then continued driving in the Audi. He was running 11th overall just after the hour mark and was a lap down on the leader.

The first round of pitstops is beginning now as each car has a maximum permitted stint length of 65 minutes.

Pit times will vary depending on the drivers.

Platinum and gold drivers will have 15 seconds added to their pitstop time, silver drivers will have ten seconds added, amateur plus drivers will have five seconds added and there will be no added time for amateur drivers.

The English version of the race is being live-streamed on Facebook and YouTube. Two Chinese steams are available, one on Youku and another on Huya.

Header image credit: 12 Hours of Sepang

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