Stephen Grove and Grove Racing will make an appearance on the world stage this weekend for Round 2 of Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix
A massive weekend at one of the biggest Australian motorsport events of the year has come to a close with Grove Racing tasting champagne at the Adelaide 500.
Both Stephen Grove and son, Brenton Grove have done battle on the brutal Adelaide Street Circuit for Round 1 of their respective series’, as Stephen kicked off his seventh season of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, while Brenton made his debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series.
A successful campaign for Stephen saw the two-time Carrera Challenge class champion open up his 2018 account with a round podium aboard the Grove Group backed, new generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.
After claiming a second place finish in class for Race 1, Stephen went on to clinch another podium in Race 2 before scoring a third in class for the round, which ultimately delivered a healthy multitude of points towards his championship.
“Adelaide for is always a pretty tough track,” explained Stephen.
“I had pretty good speed over the weekend, but it was more about finishing every race and bagging some good points.
“If you can do a pretty good job on your weaker tracks, when you get to your stronger tracks it really helps you in the championship.
“The focus this year is clearly on finishing every race and creating points because that’s what wins you championships at the end of the day.”
Brenton’s debut weekend in Super2 got off to a compelling start, with the Melbourne-based driver looking to improve as the year goes on.
The young gun’s 2018 campaign is backed by Grove Hire, Dynamic Steel Frame, Metroll, White Ribbon Australia and ABCON Concrete Constructions.
“For me, this was just a massive learning weekend,” said Brenton.
“It was my first proper race outing in Super2 and to start off on a street circuit like Adelaide was something else!
“We had a lot of fun on the weekend as a team, plus, I really enjoyed driving the Commodore around the circuit.
“I think we took a step forward from where we were in testing in terms of the car, obviously it’s something completely different to what I’m used to driving, but the Grove Racing crew gave me a good car.
“We’ll work on a few things over the next couple of weeks and look forward to the next round. Huge thanks to my sponsors for getting behind me this year.”
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia now heads to the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, where Grove Racing will be represented on a world stage (22-25 March).
Meanwhile, the Dunlop Super2 Series will head to Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway for Round 2 (6-8 April).
As a new season of Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia dawns, Grove Racing continues to expand and grow heading into the Adelaide season opener.
The Melbourne-based operation, which has recently moved to a brand-new facility in Pakenham dedicated to its motorsport program, will embark on its 2018 campaign this weekend at Round 1 of the series on the streets of Adelaide.
Team owner and defending Pro-Am class champion Stephen Grove will return to Carrera Cup Australia having won February’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour in class alongside son, Brenton Grove and Ben Barker.
Grove Racing will also field a fresh livery on the new generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, featuring backing from Grove Group and fragments from their Bathurst 12 Hour scheme, including a boxing Kangaroo.
The veteran racer will enter the weekend after gaining valuable hours of experience behind the wheel of the new car when he raced in the 24H COTA last year and the Dubai 24 Hours in January.
Grove is excited to tackle this year’s championship, in what will be his seventh season racing in the series after debuting at Townsville in 2012.
“It was great to be able to claim a second title last year, however, that’s pretty firmly in the past,” said Grove.
“I’m excited to come back with a new field of drivers and once again give it my all.
“Carrera Cup is such an exciting program, and the proof is in the pudding with Porsche’s Motorsport Pyramid and their presence across the globe.
“After driving the new car overseas recently, it is clear that Porsche have done a great job developing the new car.
“I’m excited to be able to race it back at home on some familiar circuits to continuing learning about it’s capabilities.”
This weekend’s round will run on the support card for the Adelaide 500, one of the biggest sporting events in Australia all year round.
3.2km and 14 turns define the historic, concrete jungle like circuit, which in its previous iterations hosted the Australian Formula One Grand Prix between 1985 and 1995.
It’s a venue Stephen has a lot of experience on, and he can’t wait to get out on track on Thursdayfor opening practice.
“The Adelaide 500 is an outstanding event, and I’m excited to be kicking the season off around the streets of Adelaide,” added Grove.
“I’m looking forward to being able to race the new car and compare it to what I’ve experienced there in previous years.”
While Stephen is racing in Carrera Cup, his son, Brenton, will make his debut in the Dunlop Super2 Series on the weekend as well.
The Adelaide 500 begins with opening practice for Carrera Cup on Thursday at 11:35am local time, while Race 1 takes place on Friday at 12:45 pm local time.
Fox Sports Channel 506 will broadcast every one of Stephen and Brenton’s sessions and races live across the weekend.