Porsche star Ben Barker will re-join grove Racing for next year's Bathurst 12 Hour alongside Stephen and Brenton Grove.
Stephen Grove has scored a podium place finish in the 24H COTA alongside co-drivers Danny Stutterd and Sam Fillmore after an impressive performance in the gruelling American endurance race.
Grove competed the event at Texas’ glorious Circuit of The Americas aboard a new generation Porsche GT3 Cup Car in the 991 class with Freem USA, a team partly run by Ash Seward Motorsport.
The all Australian/New Zealand trio crossed the line second in class, and an exceptional 10th outright after making up a position in Part 1 of the race, running 11th outright in the early stages.
A stellar stint by Grove in the night hours of Part 1, saw the Melbourne based driver carve through traffic as he drove on through a slight power steering issue.
The 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Cup Australia class champion is happy with the weekend and is proud that the team was able to adapt through the power steering issue.
“The whole team did a great job to diagnose and adapt to the problem," said Grove.
"The other boys [Stutterd and Fillmore] were able to push on and hardly let the problem affect their rhythm.
“It was so much fun to drive with Danny and Sam, they’re great guys who really look to enjoy their racing.
“They did a flawless job all weekend - I’m so thrilled with the result.
“It was so valuable to drive the new car over there. There were only a few little differences between it and my Carrera Cup car that I’ve been racing this year in Australia.
“I was able to pick up on all of them and I feel comfortable in it now, so I'm excited to jump back in it again soon.
“The circuit was awesome, the elevation changes and fast flowing corners were such a thrill and It was so much fun to learn another new F1 circuit.
“I really enjoy the longer distance races too, it's great fun working within a really productive team environment.
“I can’t wait to get back to the Bathurst 12 Hour next year, we have some big things in the pipeline coming up”.
Stephen Grove has travelled to the United States of America to compete in this weekend’s 24H COTA alongside distinguished fellow gentleman drivers Sam Fillmore and Danny Stutterd.
The recently crowned Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Challenge class champion will co-drive with Fillmore and Stutterd aboard a new generation Porsche 991 Cup car run by local team; FREEM USA.
The experienced trio will tackle the 5.49 km Circuit of the Americas venue in Austin, Texas, driving the same model car Grove will compete in the 2018 Carrera Cup Australia championship.
The overseas experience will give the Melbourne based driver valuable miles in the 2018 spec car before the Carrera Cup season kicks off at the Adelaide 500 in March.
“I love endurance racing, it’s something that a really enjoy,” said Grove.
“I like the strategy element that comes into play and I’ve done a lot of long distance races now, so I’m looking forward to taking that experience over to the States.
“The night racing will be something different, but it’ll be great fun carving through the dark and the atmosphere will be really amazing.
“Sam [Fillmore] and Danny [Stutterd] are great drivers, and it’s great to be able to join them on this experience and race with them – I can’t wait to get out on track."
Grove says he is excited to tackle a brand new circuit, and confident he will adapt to the layout easily after participating in numerous one off races across the globe, including a visit to the world renowned Spa Francorchamps and Japan’s Fuji Speedway.
“I’ve watched the circuit a lot on TV and have done some simulator stuff recently at home, so I’ve got a fair understanding of where it goes," added Grove.
“Also, to have to opportunity to do close to 10 hours in the new car is a massive advantage for me, so I’m really looking forward to the weekend.”
The weekend kicks off with Practice on Friday, ahead of Qualifying in the evening and Part 1 of the race which starts at 9:00am local time on Saturday.
Part 1 will be the first segment of the race, spanning 14 Hours through to 23:00 (local time) on Saturday night before an overnight break, with the remaining 10 Hours set to be run in Part 2, which begins at 8:00am on Sunday morning.
A livestream of the race and Qualifying will be available on the 24H Series website and YouTube channel.
Stephen Grove and Brenton Grove have both ended their 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia campaigns on a high after an action packed weekend at the Gold Coast.
Stephen was officially crowned Challenge class champion, taking the class championship win by a massive margin of 157-points.
The experienced racer started the weekend off well, finishing Practice 1 fastest in class ahead several Pro drivers and only 1-second off the quickest lap of the session.
Stephen continued his momentum in Qualifying late on Friday afternoon, claiming the Challenge class pole position with one of the fastest ever laps around the Surfers Paradise street circuit by an Elite class driver in Carrera Cup.
The pole position would also be Stephen’s fifth for the 2017 season out of eight rounds, giving him more than half the challenge class poles for the year.
“It’s been great this year for me in Qualifying,” said Stephen.
“Throughout the year my execution on track and my preparation before each session has improved and I have a lot of consistency when it comes to that.
“I just kept doing the same thing at each round and it worked out well with five poles”.
Grove Racing was greeted on Saturday morning by almost torrential rain, with the weather not showing any signs of letting up before the start of Race 1.
Stephen converted his pole position into the class race lead, opening up a 9-second gap to second place, which he increased throughout the race in extremely tricky conditions.
Struggling to even see where he was going in the rain while skating between the concrete barriers - Stephen crossed the line in first place for his class, a well-deserved victory after one of the toughest races the veteran has ever participated in.
An unfortunate incident on Sunday in Race 2 ended the Challenge class champion’s weekend early after he was hit at Turn 4 on the opening lap, scraping back to the pits with ultimately, terminal damage.
Grove however was not disheartened by the incident, receiving the championship winner’s trophy later that day, a far more valuable achievement for the experienced racer after an excellent 2017 season.
“Winning the championship was the ultimate goal for me,” added Stephen.
“I aimed for it at the start of the year and did my best in every session and every race to make it possible and worked hard at it every round.
“It was just unfortunate what happened at the beginning of Race 2, It’s not the way I wanted to end the final round of the year at the Gold Coast, but we got the championship and we’ll move onto next year.”
Brenton also had an exciting weekend on the streets of the Gold Coast driving for Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport, picking up notable mentions as he duked it out with some of the quickest Pro drivers in Australia.
Like his father, Brenton charged through Friday, finishing sixth fastest in opening Practice, and Qualifying in an impressive eleventh place.
The 20-year old showed strong pace in the treacherous conditions of Race 1 on Saturday, moving his way up to ninth at the chequered flag, finishing one spot ahead of Supercars co-driver Alex Davison.
The young gun was extremely happy with his performance after executing two outstanding passes on fellow competitors and keeping a charging Davison at bay in the closing stages of the tricky 12-lap hit out.
“The first race in the rain was real tough,” stated Brenton.
“Most of the time I couldn’t even see where I was going with all the mist and spray - some of the craziest conditions I’ve ever driven in that’s for sure.
“I’m happy I managed to make up a few positions in that race, the car felt strong and the boys from Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport gave me a perfect car all weekend from the moment it rolled out the truck. I’m wrapped!”
Sunday’s action took place under sunny skies on the streets of Surfers Paradise, with Brenton crossing the line 12th in Race 2 after 28-gruelling laps around the 2.9km circuit in Carrera Cup Australia’s Endurance Cup finale.
The GT3 Cup Challenge graduate finished the weekend off well, sustaining 12th place in Race 3 and finishing the 2017 Carrera Cup championship with 146-points, despite only participating in two rounds for the year.
“It’s been great to have the opportunity to do two rounds in Carrera Cup at the back end of this year,” said Brenton.
“A huge credit to the guys from PCM – it’s really helped with my preparation for next year and the growth of me as a driver. At the end of the day, more time behind the wheel is extremely valuable.”
Grove Racing will sign off what has been an outstanding 2017 motorsport season – beginning in February at the Bathurst 12 Hour – and ending in the USA at the 24H of Circuit of the Americas from November 10-12, in 3-weeks time.
Grove Racing heads North this weekend to the scorching streets of Surfers Paradise for the final round of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, which will see the return of Brenton Grove and Stephen Grove crowned the official 2017 class champion.
Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge Champion, Stephen, will officially wrap up his title at the Gold Coast, having secured it in the last round at Bathurst.
The experienced racer has had an extremely positive season, taking multiple class race victories, which have ultimately resulted in the championship win by an exponential margin.
Stephen is looking to keep the ball of momentum rolling this weekend at the Gold Coast, and cap off the year with more race wins.
“It’s nice to have the championship wrapped up heading to the Gold Coast,” said Stephen.
“So I’m excited to really go out there and have a crack with no pressure on my shoulders.
“I really look forward to doing my best and trying to take it to the guys around me”
The Grove Racing attendance will once again be doubled this weekend, with the return of GT3 Cup Challenge graduate, Brenton, who made his Carrera Cup debut at Sandown in September.
The young gun will take to the circuit with the Porsche Centre Melbourne squad, the team he debuted with at Sandown, a weekend where he started race two from fourth position.
“I'm excited to have a crack at such an awesome track,” said Brenton.
“Not many people get to drive on it, so I can't wait to head out and give my all. I’ll definitely have a good go at a podium, that’s for sure.
The Grove’s will carve through the Gold Coast streets, in-between the high rises and along the beachfront that takes them around the challenging 2.98km, 15 Turn circuit.
Both Stephen and Brenton are looking to make the most of their final Carrera Cup Australia appearance for the year, as the 2017 championship concludes, with the last race on Sunday.
“I’ve done quite well here in the past,” said Stephen
“So I’m looking to try and keep that run going. I’ve always clicked with the track, so I hope to try and tag onto the back of the professionals and really learn a thing or two,” he concluded.
Brenton however, has his own focus for the weekend.
“For me, I don’t worry about the consequences of the track, at the end of the day if you make a mistake at any track it can bite, so I’m trying to focus on what I can control. I’m sure that it will all come together,” stated the younger Grove.
The race weekend kicks off with Practice on Friday, followed by Qualifying later in the day, and three races across the weekend, including a 28-lap Endurance Cup race on Sunday morning.
Qualifying and each race will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 506 with selected sessions also shown on Network Ten.
Stephen Grove has made a “phenomenal” come back, claiming the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Challenge Class Championship in a character building weekend at Bathurst.
Taking 11 race wins across the season so far, Grove has beaten fellow competitor Tim Miles to the championship with one more round still remaining for the year.
The Melbourne based driver set the pace early in Practice, finishing fastest for the session in class, a full 1.6 seconds quicker than the next driver and only 2-seconds off Supercars co-driver; Alex Davison.
The next session was Qualifying on Friday morning, again the 2017 Challenge Class Champion went fastest with an impressive 2:10.373s to put him on the class pole position for Race 1 and become the fastest ever Elite class driver to lap the Mount Panorama Circuit.
A great launch off the line saw Grove hold the lead through the first turn, but he went side by side with another driver up mountain straight, both making contact on the exit of Turn 2, and hurtling into the concrete wall.
"It’s been tough," said Grove.
"Qualifying was really good, I’m extremely happy with that and I think a 2m:10s around Bathurst is brilliant and It’s the fastest an Elite driver has been around the mountain in a Cup Car!
"That was a big plus, but then things went a bit down-hill with the crash in race 1, which wasn’t flash."
A sensational effort by Pete, Dave, Robert, Brenton and the rest of the Grove Racing team, including a helping hand from the boys of Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport, saw them turn a heavily damaged Porsche into a brand new and repaired one in less than 24-Hours.
The superhuman achievement meant Grove managed to get back out for Race 2, and recover enough points to win the Challenge Class Championship, with a 3rd for the race in class.
"It’s amazing what the crew did to fix the car overnight," exclaimed Grove.
"One of the things when you have an incident or an accident like we did in race 1, the crew unfortunately have to work really late, which really hurts to be honest because you want to try and bring the car home straight for the boys.
"They worked all night which is phenomenal and got me going for race 2, which was all about consolidating and making sure we finished where we needed to finish to get the points and win the class championship."
An extremely unfortunate end to the weekend saw Grove get eliminated in a first corner incident in the final race on Sunday.
"Race 3 was just really unfortunate," added Grove.
"I just got tagged at the first corner and then collected, but those things happen and we’ll move on to the next round at the Gold Coast now."
Porsche Carrera Cup Australia and Grove Racing now heads up the East Coast of the continent to the final round of the championship on the streets of the Gold Coast.
"Gold Coast is really just so we can go try and enjoy it now considering we've taken the championship," said Grove.
"Traditionally I go okay there, it’s a street circuit and anything can happen. You need to Qualify well there, and if you do that well and get a good start it’s pretty good.
The Gold Coast weekend will take place from 20-22nd of October.
Stephen Grove will tackle one of the greatest circuits in Australian motorsport this weekend as he prepares for the penultimate round of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, at the infamous Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst.
The experienced racer is fresh from an expedition overseas, competing in the most recent Porsche Carrera Cup Asia round at the Sepang International Circuit last weekend (September 29 – October 1).
Grove had a strong qualifying, setting the third fastest time in class and finished the extremely wet and treacherous race on Sunday in sixth position for the Pro-Am class.
He now has his sights set on Mount Panorama where he will take part in the sixth round of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia at New South Wales venue, a championship where he leads the Tag Heuer Carrera Challenge class standings.
“Coming from Sepang last weekend, it sets me up really well because it’s basically the same car," said Grove.
"It’s just being in the car and familiar with it which is important. The two circuits are similar as well, in the sense they are both fast and free flowing.
“To come into Bathurst leading the Carrera Challenge class is awesome, but I don’t traditionally look at any of the points; I just try and take it round by round.
"Obviously in every session you are trying to be fastest and every race you are trying to win, so that’s all I really do. At the moment it’s game on."
Grove is off the back of an impressive showing in the previous Carrera Cup Australia round at Sandown last month, taking the round victory on top of two individual race wins.
The Melbourne-based driver is looking to continue that momentum this weekend at Bathurst.
“My expectations this weekend are to win," announced Grove.
"I know there is some excellent competition with Max Twigg coming back to Carrera Cup and then Tim Miles, Sam Shahin and guys like that.
“I have come here to continue on from what we’ve done so far this season at all the previous rounds and at Sandown, and to win, that’s it.
"In Practice I want to really work hard and try and qualify well, get a good start and win all three races.
Round six of Carrera Cup Australia will support the Bathurst 1000 from October 5 - 8.
The weekend kicks off with a 50-minute Practice session on Thursday at 15:55pm AEDT, with the first of the races scheduled for Friday afternoon at 14:05 AEDT.
Race one will be the second edition of Carrera Cup Australia's Endurance Cup, which will be the longest race of the weekend at 16-laps. Race's two and three will each be 9-laps long.
Every session will be broadcasted Live on Fox Sports Channel 506
Keep an eye on our social media channels across the weekend to stay up to date with the latest from Grove Racing.
Stephen Grove will travel to Malaysia this weekend to race in the upcoming round of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Sepang International Circuit.
Grove, who has spent his 2017 season tackling world renowned venues in one off appearances overseas, will race alongside Asia’s best young Porsche talents, as well as in front of Formula One teams on the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.
The experienced racer’s previous cross continent expeditions include ‘a dream come true’ weekend at the glorious Spa-Francorchamps circuit, competing in the French Carrera Cup series, and an outing at Japan’s Fuji Speedway, as a part of the Carrera Cup Asia and Carrera Cup Japan joint round.
“I really enjoy these experiences and I’m excited for this weekend,” said Grove.
“Racing on world class circuits like Spa, Fuji and Sepang is unique, you spend time on the simulator practising, but when you arrive at the track; the corners have more camber than you expected, or the track surface has more grip.
“It’s those things that make it more immersive, and I can’t overemphasise enough the thrill and ability of being able to jump into a Carrera Cup car overseas and know how it performs, where all the buttons are and how to adjust the seats.
This weekend will not be Grove’s first visit to the Sepang Circuit, having raced there with Porsche Carrera Cup Australia when they teed up with the Asian championship back in July.
That weekend saw Grove qualify second in class, as well as taking the class round win on top of two individual race wins.
Considering he already has a number of laps under his belt, the Melbourne-based driver is looking to improve on his past performance, but also, just simply enjoy the weekend.
“The main thing will be to focus on the task at hand and doing my best in every session, but I am interested to see how far I’ve come since we visited Sepang in July with Carrera Cup Australia,” said Grove.
“Spa and Fuji were tremendous experiences and I’m sure this one will be no different.”
After Sepang, Grove will arrive back on home soil in Melbourne to gear up for the penultimate round of Carrera Cup Australia at Bathurst, which takes place the weekend directly after his Malaysian outing.
Stephen Grove has come away with the round win in class after a thrilling weekend of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia action at Sandown, while his son Brenton Grove took home sixth for the round in the professional class.
Stephen extended his Challenge class championship lead with a solid weekend overall and a win in race’s two and three, adding more points to his healthy tally.
The experienced racer earned the class win in Saturday’s race two, bouncing back from a tough start to the weekend where he finished third in class during race one.
In race three, Stephen set the pace throughout the 25-lap Endurance Cup event, taking the class victory and round win, as well as stretching his advantage to 316.5 points ahead of Tim Miles in the Challenge class championship standings.
“Sandown is normally a good track for me,” said Grove.
“But I struggled in practice and had a poor qualifying and race one, so to work my way back to win race two and three is really good.
“I really enjoyed the third race, we pushed on early and got the passes we needed to get done and we just consolidated a good lead and pushed on.
“It was a long race, 25-laps around Sandown is a long time, but the car was fantastic and it was really good.”
Brenton also enjoyed success over the weekend, qualifying in sixth position for race one, after an immaculate lap from the Porsche Centre Melbourne driver, ending up only 0.7s off the pole lap.
The 20-year old started race two from an impressive fourth position ahead of big names like Jaxon Evans, David Wall and Cameron McConville.
A difficult end to the weekend saw Grove finish 10th in race three, but as he reinforced before the weekend; the goal for his Carrera Cup debut was always going to be learning.
“The first two races were good,” said Grove.
“For different reasons though, the second race was good because of our finishing position, but the first race was nice to start off the third row of the grid and have a battle with the more experienced drivers.
“It was definitely a learning weekend, as I aimed for it to be.
“There was a lot to gain, but I feel like we maximised every opportunity and did a good job overall, collecting some solid results along the way as well.”
Both drivers are now looking forward to their next weekend behind the wheel of a car.
For Stephen it will be his one off return to Porsche Carrera Cup Asia at the Sepang International Circuit from September 29 – October 1, before heading to Bathurst for the penultimate round of Carrera Cup Australia.
“I really like Bathurst,” said Stephen.
“I’m lucky because the weekend before Bathurst I’ve got the Carrera Cup round at Sepang, so I fly back on the Monday after that event and head straight to Mount Panorama, so it should be pretty polished.”
Brenton’s next weekend behind the wheel is on the streets of the Gold Coast, where he will re-join the Porsche Centre Melbourne squad for the final event of Carrera Cup Australia.
“I can’t wait for the Gold Coast, it’s a good atmosphere on and off the track.
“It’s probably going to be more difficult than the Sandown weekend was, just because of the nature of the circuit and the kerbs and everything else.
“There will be a lot of work going into that one, but it’s good and I think we’ve got all the resources we need to maximise the weekend, and it should be a bit of fun too!”
Grove Racing schedule for remainder of 2017:
September 29 – October 1: Carrera Cup Asia, Sepang, Malaysia
October 5 – 8: Carrera Cup Australia, Bathurst, NSW
October 20 – 22: Carrera Cup Australia, Gold Coast, QLD
November 10 – 12: 24H of Circuit of the Americas, Texas, USA
Grove Racing is set for an exciting weekend of track action as Porsche Carrera Cup Australia reignites at Sandown Raceway for the sixth round of the championship, which will see both Stephen and Brenton Grove take on the South Melbourne venue.
Brenton; or ‘Grove Jnr’, will make his Carrera Cup debut this weekend after a fantastic 2017 season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge – which wrapped up last weekend at Phillip Island with the young gun finishing in second place in the championship.
The 20-year old will race with Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport in their 911 GT3 Cup car - making it Grove X2 on the entry list with seasoned veteran, Stephen Grove, or ‘Grove Snr’ also set to take to the track!
Stephen and Brenton will also make Carrera Cup history at Sandown, becoming the first ever father and son to race in the category in separate Porsche entries.
Stephen has had an immensely successful campaign in Carrera Cup this year, with multiple race victories in class and some extremely exciting battles between fellow competitors.
The experienced racer is excited to take on Sandown, being able to draw on previous experience around the Victorian circuit.
“It’s been an enjoyable year so far," said Stephen.
"I'm really concentrating on taking my driving to the next level, trying to gain as much out of every session as I possibly can.
“I can’t wait to get back into the swing of things at Sandown, its definitely been too long since I was in the car.”
Stephen and Brenton will take on the 3.1km; 13-turn Sandown complex with might, as both drivers look forward to the final few events of the 2017-racing season.
Just three more rounds remain in the Carrera Cup championship, which will take the Grove Racing squad up the east coast of Australia with Sandown this weekend, followed by Bathurst and capping the year off on the streets of the Gold Coast in mid-October.
Brenton will participate in both the Sandown and Gold Coast rounds and is looking to make his stance clear as a contender for race wins.
“I don’t have any predetermined goals for the outing," said Brenton.
"I’m purely just trying to do every lap of every session, developing as a driver every time I go out on track.
“If I can pick up some decent results along the way then that’s more fun, but I’m purely focussed on maximising this opportunity.”
Stephen is also set to reinforce his stance as he takes on all three of the remaining Carrera Cup rounds aiming for the championship in the Carrera Challenge class.
“Consistency is the big thing for me," Stephen pointed out.
"I have a lot of good competition around me and so I need to make sure I am always getting the most out of myself and the car every time I’m on track.
“If I can do that then I’m sure we will be in a decent position.”
The Sandown weekend will take place from the 15th to the 17th of September, with all of Stephen’s and Brenton’s races set to be broadcasted Live on Fox Sports, Channel 506.
Make sure you follow our social media pages to keep track of how ‘Grove Jr’ and ‘Grove Snr’ progress across the weekend, and look out for some of our exclusive content!
Brenton Grove has capped off a brilliant debut season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge with a win in the final race of the year, and second place in the championship at Phillip Island, after a bouncing back from a difficult Friday.
Grove suffered heavy damage to his 997 when he made contact with the barriers during practice in tricky wet conditions.
The team having to pull out the spare car that night - which just happened to be Grove Racing’s very own two time Bathurst 12 Hour class winning Porsche, with Le Mans 24 Hours victor Earl Bamber, and Supercars star Scott McLaughlin’s names engraved onto the door from the 2016 Mount Panorama endurance classic.
Unable to set a time in qualifying, Grove started the first of three races on Saturday morning from the rear of the grid, claiming that having Bamber and McLaughlin riding with him would be a good luck charm.
The young racer carved through the field, going from fourteenth to fifth place by the time the chequered flag appeared at the end of the 11-lap race, it truly ended up being a Bamber and McLaughlin esque performance!
“It wasn’t the best of days on the Friday," said Grove.
"I made a small error going into turn one and the consequences of that were very large.
“Not being able to qualify made the weekend a lot more difficult but we sat down as a team and worked out a plan for the three races and we couldn’t have done any better.
“It was pretty funny seeing the names of those guys still on the car, I sent them both a message in the morning and they both sent back supportive messages for the day, however they were very quick to point out that I couldn’t hurt their baby!”
A lengthy safety car intervention punctuated race two, with Grove climbing up to, and finishing just off the podium in fourth place courtesy of a brilliant move on fellow competitor Ben Stack at the restart.
“There wasn’t really a chance to get into a rhythm for race two, it was my first dry laps of the weekend so I was learning every corner about what the car was doing and how the track was, so for me I was trying to maximise the race, but with only two clean laps it was difficult.”
Grove sealed the deal in race three, with a fantastic victory after absorbing immense pressure from championship rival Jordan Love in the closing stages.
The bright red Porsche, with a determined Grove behind the wheel took first place early on, leading every single lap except one from his fourth place start on the grid.
The safety car was deployed in the mid stages of the race when three other competitors came together leaving debris littered across the circuit, and a trio of rather damaged cars.
Grove held the lead on the restart and fended off Love in the final laps until the latter spun off into the gravel trap in the last couple of turns, letting Grove cruise home to victory.
The win meant that Grove closed the gap to Love in the championship standings, finishing second in his debut season in GT3 Cup Challenge.
“Starting from fourth, I didn’t really expect the get the win, I just wanted to get onto the podium and gain some confidence for next weekend.
“However, after the first couple of laps, being in the lead I quickly changed my focus from finishing to getting the win.
“With one lap to run after the safety car, I was going to do everything I could to bring the car home in the lead to pay everyone back for the hard work they had done to get me into this position.
“I’m so happy to have claimed the race win, and it’s given me a lot of momentum going forward next week!”
Grove will have back to back race weekends, when he hits the track at Sandown Raceway this coming weekend (15 September - 17 September) for his first of two Porsche Carrera Cup Australia outings.
The young gun will make the step up to Australia’s premier single make category and join his father; Stephen Grove on the grid at both the Sandown and Gold Coast rounds.
“It’s the first time I’ve ever run back to back weekends and it’s a pretty cool feeling. Coming off a high in the final race, I’m so excited to make my debut and start learning what a 991 is like to drive!”
This coming weekend’s Carrera Cup round will be part of the Wilson Security Sandown 500, taking place from 15th to the 17th of September.
After a five week break, Grove Racing is back and ready to rumble as Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia resumes at Phillip Island for the final round of the season.
Brenton Grove has experienced an extremely positive season in GT3 Cup Challenge so far, with countless podium finishes, and all in all, a valuable year of learning and perfecting the talent he was born with; To drive a race car, and drive it fast.
Last time out at Queensland Raceway, Grove reinforced his championship stance in a thrilling weekend of action at the Ipswich circuit. The young racer stood firm and executed an impeccable weekend, despite it being the first time he had driven around the track in a Porsche.
“QR was a very valuable weekend for lots of different reasons,” said Grove.
“I didn’t manage to get onto the top step of the podium, but I feel like we learnt a lot and I can come away from the weekend with lots of confidence going forward.”
This weekend Grove heads back to home territory in Victoria for round six, and the championship title decider. The last time Grove hit the track at ‘the Island’ was back in May for the second round of the series, in a weekend where he claimed the race two victory.
“Phillip Island is an amazing track,” Grove continued.
“So fast and flowing. It’s probably the track I’ve done the most laps at, and for that reason I’m excited to go back and hopefully improve on my results from earlier in the year.
“It will be interesting to see how much I’ve improved from May, so I look forward to really attacking the weekend.”
Grove currently sits second in the championship standings, but for the 20-year old, his focus extends further.
“For me it’s the last race in the 997, and the last round of my championship.
“I don’t really have anything to lose, I just want to give it my all, hold nothing back and see where we end up.
“The guys have had the car hooked up lately and we are reeling Jordan (Love) in during every session, so I feel like we can have a strong showing here (at Phillip Island) and hopefully get some champagne to reward the guys for their hard work all year.”
Brenton will hit the track on Friday for practice as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia championship wraps up at Phillip Island.
Grove Racing will then gear up for a back to back race weekend with Porsche Carrera Cup at Sandown on the following weekend.
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Brenton Grove has reinforced his championship stance in a thrilling weekend of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge action at Queensland Raceway.
The fifth and penultimate round of GT3 Cup Challenge Australia had many highlights for the Grove Racing squad as Brenton took to the track on Friday for practice, his first time around Queensland Raceway in a Porsche.
The ‘paperclip’ style layout offered some fresh challenges as well as the pleasant warm weather, that for southerners like us, from Melbourne, is heaven at this time of year.
Things got off to a brilliant start on Saturday when Grove qualified on the front row for the Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race. Making use of the clean run into the first turn, Grove nailed the start with a more than perfect get away, leading the opening couple of laps.
An early safety car intervention denied any chance for Brenton to build a gap to second placed Jordan Love, when Love got past, Grove kept within touching distance of him as they duelled for lap after lap.
With four laps remaining, the safety car was brought out again to recover a car from the gravel. The race would not go back to green, again denning any chance for Grove to pounce on Love for the race win.
“Race one was good,” said Grove. “I was always going to be at a disadvantage purely down to tyre quality. Jordan had a new set of tyres on and I made a mistake in qualifying so I had to use second hand rubber.
“It was difficult to maximise the race and that late safety car brought us back into contention but the race never went back to green. All that being said, it was great to bring the car back, get some solid points and finish second in the endurance championship.
“It was also pretty cool to drive around for an hour and have some fun.”
Race’s two and three took place on Sunday under the glorious Ipswich sun, again, Brenton got two more top class starts in both of Sunday’s races finishing race number two in second place.
In race three, Love and Grove engaged in another enthralling head to head battle, but a minor mistake had huge implications for Grove. Brenton topped the weekend off with a second in race three resulting in second place overall for the round and a solid bag of points.
“We got a good start in the third race and were battling Jordan and catching him for the lead,” said Grove.
“I think we had what it took, but one lap we hit a bump which caused us to lock up, I mean, at 250km/h a lock up just destroys the tyre.
“After that we just tried to bring the car home because it was almost impossible to drive so we kind of lost all chance to win that race. All in all, it’s been a cool weekend here at QR”.
As GT3 Cup Challenge steams towards its final round of the season at Phillip Island, Grove has his eyes set on an enjoyable and productive last couple of races.
“I’m excited for Phillip Island, once again it’s my home track and it’s the last round. In terms of the championship, it’s pretty well sorted itself out, Jordan’s first, I’m second, but I will do everything I can to put pressure on him and beat him and get the race wins, unless anything un-foreseeable happens I don’t think we’ll win the championship. I just want to enjoy myself and get ready for next season.”
The Phillip Island weekend will take place from the 8th – 10th September.
Grove Racing travels north this weekend to Queensland Raceway, Ipswich for the fifth round of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Australia.
The penultimate round of the series will see second generation racer Brenton Grove, who enters the weekend vying for the series lead, take on the 3.12km circuit in what will be a critical event as the season enters its final stanza.
Grove sits just 63 points off the top of the standings, and with 75 points up for grabs this weekend, he could head home in control of proceedings, though the young gun is keeping his feet firmly planted for the moment.
“It’d be nice,” said Brenton. “To be honest, the championship isn’t something that is really in my field of view.
“I want to continue improving every time I go out on the track and learn as much as possible to set myself up for next year.”
This weekend will be Grove’s second visit to the Ipswich, Queensland Raceway circuit, and is keen to get back out on track.
“I have only been to Queensland Raceway once before and I enjoyed the track. I look forward to the challenge as it is another type of circuit and another set of skills that I can learn and apply.
“I can’t wait to get out there and really attack the first sector, it’s a really nice feeling when the car is hooked up around there."
The Melbourne based driver has tasted plenty of champagne so far this season, with a raft of podium finishes and two race wins capping off a successful season so far.
“It’s been a good year to date, I’m forever learning and trying to develop every time I get in the car.
“I am really happy with the progress we’ve made but for sure I still think there is more to go.
“I’m thankful to be surrounded by so many talented people who have a heap of experience they can share with me."
Practice gets underway on Friday at 11:50 before qualifying on Saturday morning sets the grip for the first of the weekend's three races.
Race 1 is scheduled for 13:45 on Saturday (August 5) with two more races to follow on Sunday.
A Live Stream of all Sunday's action will be available on the Shannons Nationals website.