Factory Porsches involved in multi-car accident during Rolex 24 (VIDEO)

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Both of the GT Le Mans class contending factory Porsche North America entries have been involved in a multi-car accident just prior to the halfway mark of the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR of Marc Lieb and the Christoffer Nygaard-driven No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage collided, which also later collected the sister No. 912 Porsche driven by Earl Bamber.

While Bamber’s Porsche limped back to the pits with heavy right-front damage, Lieb’s works entry stopped on track, which brought out a full course caution.

"The 007 and the 911 came together over the curbs and I had nowhere to go and I moved onto the grass," Bamber told IMSA Radio. "I hit the 911 unfortunately. It’s a big shame for the team but I think we can get it going again."

Both cars are expected to be repaired but will lose significant ground on class leaders.

The incident comes as a bitter blow to the Porsche squad, which had both of its 911 RSRs within the top-four for much of the race.

Porsche’s privateer 911 RSR, run by Team Falken Tire, now leads in the GTLM class in the hands of Patrick Long.