About Grove Racing
Since it's foundation by team owner and driver Stephen Grove in May 2011, Grove Racing has well and truly established itself within the Australian motorsport industry. After six years of racing, the team continues to expand to new levels, claiming multiple successes in the process. Some of these include Bathurst 12 Hour class victories, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia class championships and countless Carrera Cup Australia class race wins and podium finishes.
After creating a successful and industry leading business in Grove Group, Stephen decided to build the Grove name within a different landscape; motorsport. The experienced Melbournian spent his opening season racing in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia, before stepping up to the country's premier one-make series; Carrera Cup. Stephen and Grove Racing scored their first major accolade in 2013 when they finished on the class podium in the Bathurst 12 Hour. The following year proved to be even more fruitful, with Grove Racing and Stephen's 2014 campaign kicking off with a class victory in the Bathurst 12 Hour alongside distinguished professional co-drivers, Scott McLaughlin and Earl Bamber.
Stephen also picked up the 2014 Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am event win, sharing the car over the weekend at Phillip Island with current DJR Team Penske Supercars star McLaughlin. Grove signed off what was an exceptional 2014 season in style by taking out the Carrera Cup Australia Elite class championship. 2015 began with another podium-place finish for Stephen at the Bathurst 12 Hour before he claimed second in the Elite class championship for Carrera Cup Australia.
In 2016, Stephen's son Brenton Grove, burst onto the motorsport scene and spent his first full year racing in the Australia Formula 4 Championship. The young gun started with a bang, winning his debut race at the opening round in Symmons Plains as well as leading Race 2. Earlier in the year, Stephen won his second Bathurst 12 Hour, again alongside Bamber and McLaughlin.
Grove Racing made another step up in 2017, with both father and son running their own separate series in the same season. Stephen once again took on Carrera Cup Australia, while Brenton competed in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge where he finished second in the championship in his debut year. The Groves went on to make Carrera Cup Australia history that same year when Brenton scored a drive with local team Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport for the final rounds of the season to become the first-ever father and son to race in the category in separate Porsche entries.
In his two outings for PCM, Brenton picked up a number of top ten finishes in the highly competitive category, including a fourth place in Race 2 at Sandown and a ninth place from eleventh on the grid in a treacherous and wet Race 1 on the streets of Surfers Paradise. Meanwhile, Stephen won his second Carrera Cup Australia title in the Challenge class, on top of multiple drives overseas in other Carrera Cup championships at the infamous Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium and the picturesque Fuji Speedway in Japan. Stephen also had a drive in the 24 Hours of COTA at Texas' Circuit of The Americas.