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Taylor crash ends Lowndes’ Bathurst 12 Hour

CRAIG Lowndes’ Bathurst 12 Hour has come to an early end due to a big crash for car owner and co-driver Scott Taylor.

The Gold Coast-based businessman walked away from a heavily damaged #222 Pro-Am Class Mercedes-AMG after coming to grief on the run to the Dipper.

Taylor’s crash occurred just before the end of the seventh hour while he was running in 14th outright aboard the entry he shared with Lowndes, Alex Davison and Geoff Emery.

The incident triggered the race’s fifth Safety Car period, ending an 80-lap run of green flag action.

It occurred just ahead of the race leading SunEnergy1 Mercedes of Jules Gounon, who made it past the crashing car unscathed.

The crash happened just after Lowndes had left the television commentary box, where he’d been promoting the STM squad’s efforts to raise funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“I said to the boys upstairs that we need some more Safety Cars to get back on the lead lap, but not by us creating the Safety Cars,” he said.

“It’s a shame. Scotty has put in a lot of hard work, Ash (Seward) and all the team, they literally got the car out of mothballs and went right over it.

“We had a clean run at Phillip Island a couple of weeks ago, we were all really happy in the car and we were raising good funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

“It’s a shame but that’s motor racing. The good thing is he’s ok.”

Asked for his thoughts on the crash, Lowndes noted that the run down the Mountain is unforgiving.

“It looks like he’s gone over Skyline and whether he’s got that grass verge between the run-through and the kerb and it looks like he’s lost the rear and it’s slapped into the wall,” he said.

“We know up there that there’s no room for error.”

The #222 Mercedes had a lucky escape on just the fifth lap of the race when Davison was hit from behind by Porsche driver Brenton Grove.

Davison was later running directly behind Stephen Grove when the Porsche crashed out. The Mercedes driver though was cleared of any involvement.

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