Japanese driver Katsumasa Chiyo was behind the wheel of the #32 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 when on lap 59 he made heavy impact with the spun Clearwater Ferrari 458 on the exit of McPhillamy Park.
The Ferrari had hit the wall on the entry to McPhillamy Park, the damage seeing fluid drop onto the circuit on the fast, blind corner. Chiyo was unable to avoid the stricken Ferrari as he slide on the fluid, resulting in a heavy impact with the front of the Ferrari.
Chiyo was taken to the circuit medical center for precautionary checks, but was uninjured.
Significant damage was sustained to the right rear corner of the #32 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, ruling it out of the race after what had been a promising start to the race on a weekend where the NISMO entry was one of the leading contenders and fan favorites across the event.
After qualifying the car in fifth place on Saturday, local hero Rick Kelly started the race aboard the GT-R, performing a strong two-hour double stint that saw the entry rise to third place.
Kelly then handed the car to Chiyo, who also showed good form to hit the track and resume the battle for third with the Darrell Lea McLaren MP4 12C.
Unfortunately, the accident meant that Alex Buncombe and Wolfgang Reip did not get a chance to drive in today’s race, unable to capitalize on their practice and qualifying form.
The return of a factory-run Nissan GT-R to Bathurst for the first time since Nissan’s back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991-92 was one of the big stories of the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour, with Australian fans embracing “Godzilla” and the NISMO team as one of their favorites.