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ABOUT
GROVE RACING

Since its foundation by team owner and driver Stephen Grove in May 2011, Grove Racing has well and truly established itself within the Australian motorsport industry.

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Grove Racing was born out of dedication and passion by Stephen and Brenton Grove, Executive Chairman and Director of Operations respectively of the Grove Group.

After more than seven years of racing, the team continues to grow in experience and success. Some of these include multiple Bathurst 12 Hour class victories, Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup class podiums, three Porsche Carrera Cup Australia class championships and countless Carrera Cup Australia class race wins.

 

2022 saw a smooth transition to Grove Racing and the continuation of Penrite Racing V8 Supercar team. The Grove's involvement has led to significant redevelopments in all areas of the business, yielding outstanding results and lifting performance through their vision and investment.

Grove Racing participates in a number of Motorsport endeavours including V8 Supercars, Porsche Carrera Cup and GT categories. Grove have also established the Grove Junior Team, a program aimed at unearthing the next wave of motorsport stars and harnessing the skills of exceptionally talented Australian and New Zealand racing drivers via structured development plans, career progression and financial assistance. Stephen's opening season saw him compete 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.

Grove Group pride themselves on offering partners a best-in-market, turnkey commercial service and Grove Racing is no exception, providing sponsors with an unparalleled partnership which provides exclusive and long-lasting benefits. Grove understand the needs that all businesses are unique, and looks to curate a tailored and specific leverage program through the partnership with our race team.

HISTORY

Stephen picked up the 2014 Carrera Cup Australia Pro-Am event win, sharing the car over the weekend at Phillip Island with Scott 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.

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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. 

The year of 2018 was yet another remarkable one for Grove Racing, starting off with a return to the top step of the Class B podium at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February. Father and son Stephen and Brenton shared the driving duties with Ben Barker and nominated fourth driver Daniel Gaunt; racing their way to victory in the all-Porsche class by three laps ahead of the competition. The team joined the Dunlop Super2 Series grid fielding an entry for Brenton, who spent the season learning the craft of Supercars’ second tier.

Meanwhile, Stephen made the step up the Porsche Pyramid and made his debut in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - the pinnacle of Porsche one-make racing in the world, competing at three selected rounds. His first round came at Monte Carlo on the Monaco Grand Prix weekend, followed by the Hockenheimring in Germany and the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary.

Grove’s international program also featured the 24 Hours of Dubai endurance race in January.

Between events, Stephen continued to enjoy success in Carrera Cup Australia, before closing out the year with an incredible third Pro-Am title at the last round on the Gold Coast. It was also the year of Bamber’s return to the team for selected outings in Carrera Cup Australia at the Bathurst and Gold Coast rounds, with the two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner’s appearance exciting fans. Over the Bathurst weekend Bamber also partnered Brenton for the Super2 Bathurst 250km endurance race where the pair scored a top 10 result.

An unprecedented 2018 for the team wrapped up under the lights in Bahrain. Stephen and Brenton represented Australia at the FIA GT Nations Cup where drivers from around the world raced under their flag in GT3 machinery. The Groves had mixed results over the weekend, however, were thrilled with the experience of representing their country.

Over the off-season, Brenton took part in the BNT V8s Championship in New Zealand as he continued to learn the craft.

The year of 2019 began with yet another Bathurst 12 Hour Class B victory for the team, with the two Groves and Barker joining forces to once again conquer the Mountain. Stephen made the step up into Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup for a full-season campaign as part of the formation of Team Australia, enjoying a number of class podium results through the season. He also competed in selected rounds of Carrera Cup Australia.

Brenton continued in the Super2 Series in 2019, but this time formed part of a two-car effort from Triple Eight Race Engineering who made their return to the category. His best result of the season so far, a second place, came at Townsville. Grove Jnr. also joined Grove Snr. on the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup grid at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, Europe for a one-off appearance, with the pair becoming the first-ever Australian father and son to compete in the series.

2022 saw Stephen compete in the Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia for the Pro-Am category as well as GT races including the Bathurst 12 Hour. Both Stephen and Brenton competed in international campaigns including the Total Energies 24 Hours of Spa. The race, which forms part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC), saw Stephen and Brenton sharing the #16 Porsche 911 GT3 R with Matthew Payne and Adrian D’Silva. Stephen and Brenton also took to Circuit Paul Ricard to once again compete in the FIA Motorsport Games along with Matt Campbell. 

SUPERCARS

The Grove's latest endeavour has seen them take on the world of Supercars; the pinnacle of Australian motorsport through their ownership of Penrite Racing. Grove Racing is invested in taking the team to new heights and has already proved the outstanding potential of the team this year with multiple podium and pole position results.

With the Gen3 era on the horizon, Grove Racing are committed to elevating their program and have demonstrated their commitment to the team's development, proudly appointing a highly capable and experienced team to manage and oversee the growth of Penrite Racing, through the build and development of the Gen3 car.

This team of individuals include Stephen Robertson, former Sporting and Technical Manager for Porsche Motorsport Australia for six years and prior to this, Sporting and Technical Manager at Supercars. Alongside Stephen, Penrite Racing have employed the leadership and guidance of David Cauchi as Team Principal whose passionate and dynamic input has helped forge a new path for the team as he brings with him his wealth of knowledge.

 

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The Groves are set to continue their endurance campaign in 2023 with Stephen and Brenton set to compete in the Hankook Dubai 24 Hour alongside Anton de Pasquale. Following Dubai, the team will take on the highly anticipated Liqui-Moli Bathurst 12 Hour. 

 

Their investment in Penrite Racing Supercar team has seen the team improve as they continue to achieve great results including poles and podium positions. With highly experienced drivers including David Reynolds and Matthew Payne, along with a knowledgable team of individuals who are experts in their respective fields, Grove Racing have the tools and skillsets behind them to achieve further success.

Grove Racing is investing in the future of talented young drivers through the Grove Junior Team which supports stars of the future including Sebastian Tander, Mika LeMasuerier and Oscar Targett. Mika, Sebastian and Oscar compete successfully in their respective karting championships. Junior Team graduate, Matthew Payne completed his 2022 Super 2 season in third with the talented young gun progressing to main game for Penrite Racing in 2023. 

Our team is driven by passion for victory and quality throughout everything we do. We are a dynamic team built on family values with a clear vision for optimum performance on and off the track. 

THE FUTURE

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