Grove confirms switch to Super2

A render of the livery Brenton Grove will be running in the Dunlop Super2 Series this year.

A render of the livery Brenton Grove will be running in the Dunlop Super2 Series this year.

Twenty-year old Victorian young gun Brenton Grove has announced plans to step into the Dunlop Super 2 Series this year after cutting his teeth in a range of junior categories.

The recent Bathurst 12 Hour Class B winner will compete in the 2018 series with Grove Motorsport, racing in an ex-Triple Eight VF Commodore, previously raced by Craig Lowndes in last year’s 2017 Virgin Australia Supercar Championship.

Fresh off their third Bathurst 12 Hour Class B win, 2018 will see Grove Motorsport take on a different challenge altogether, competing in the series with a technical alliance from Eggleston Motorsport

The son of two time Porsche Carrera Challenge Champion Stephen Grove, Brenton has largely spent his junior career in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car, last year racing in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge securing a podium finish in every round and collecting three race wins along the way.

Grove, who will receive backing from Grove Hire, Dynamic Steel Frame and Metroll has announced his excitement to join the series after originally planning to race Carrera Cup in 2018.

“It’s such an amazing opportunity that I have for 2018,” said Grove.

“Originally, the plan was to do Carrera Cup however late last year we looked at Super2 and realised it was the smarter thing to do in the hope of forging a career in Supercars.

“I knew straight away that if there was an opportunity to do Super2 it was only going to have been with Grove Motorsport in an ex-Triple Eight Commodore.

“Triple Eight have shown their credentials over the last 10 years, so to be able to race in Craig’s car from last year is something I couldn’t pass up”.

Having only sampled a Supercar for a handful of laps late last year, Grove is relishing the opportunity to begin testing and understand the characteristics of a Supercar.

“It’s going to be very different to what I’ve raced in the past,” added Grove.

“The cars are obviously right hand drive where the Porsche is left so there’s just a few small things that I will need to adjust to.

“It’s a learning year for me so I won't be putting any pressure on myself to start with. I just want to advance each time I drive the car and if I can do that i’ll be quite happy.”

Once again, Grove will carry the White Ribbon logo on his car to raise awareness for their campaign to eradicate domestic violence within Australia.

The 2018 season kicks off with the opening round of the Dunlop Super2 Series at the Adelaide 500 from March 1-4.

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Grove Racing wins Bathurst 12 Hour

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Stephen Grove, Brenton Grove, Ben Barker and Daniel Gaunt have claimed Grove Racing’s third Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour class win after powering to victory last weekend at Mount Panorama.

All four drivers contributed to what was a unique win in Porsche Class B, crossing the line over three laps ahead of the next class finisher, completing 260 laps.

Gaunt, who was the nominated fourth driver, helped to clinch the trophy with a number of impressive stints from the New Zealander.

The Melbourne-based team’s success began on Saturday, with the squad securing the class pole by 1.2 seconds after Barker lapped the Mount Panorama Circuit in a staggering 2:08.071s, an extremely quick lap time for a Cup car around the venue.

From there, the weekend continued to rocket skywards, as Barker cleared off out-front in the class lead in the opening minutes of Sunday’s 12 Hour race.

When the checkered flag dropped at the end of a grueling, but rewarding four-wheel marathon - which included a phenomenal stint by Brenton towards the end of the race, who pushed through an illness to retain the lead - the team celebrated the exceptional achievement.

The combination of Barker, Gaunt and father and son, Stephen and Brenton are stoked with the result and feel it was a special victory.

“These races are really hard to win, so I don’t take anything for granted,” said Stephen.

“In the past six years it’s been quite good, we’ve had two seconds and three firsts, so to come here with my son Brenton and not only race with him but win with him is quite special.

“For him to learn how hard a twelve-hour race is – it’s very hard – there’s a lot of ups and downs, you’ve got to be consistent, got to make sure the car’s good, manage traffic, manage your driving time – it’s very, very hard to do.

“So, to win three is pretty special.”

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“It’s pretty special to be honest, to do it with the family team and to do it with my dad is something different,” said Brenton.

“We spent a lot of time and effort planning for the event trying to make sure we could achieve the best possible result and obviously we brought Ben Barker because he’s an incredible steerer.

“In the end, we got there and I had a lot of fun doing it especially as it was my first-time racing at Bathurst.”

“It’s amazing, it’s wicked,” exclaimed Barker.

“This weekend was just mega amazing, I love coming over here to Australia and racing with the Groves.

Everyone on the team did a stellar job and we ended up on the top step of the podium which is awesome!”

Grove Racing will now prepare for the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia series, which kicks off at the Adelaide 500 from March 1-4.

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Groves poised for sixth Bathurst 12 Hour campaign

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Grove Racing is poised for its sixth Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour campaign this weekend with father and son joining an international Porsche star aboard their Class B entry.

The team, which debuted at the Australian endurance classic in 2013, will set out with one goal in mind: to take their third-class victory and most of all, to have fun doing it.

Team owner and Grove Group CEO, Stephen Grove will partner his son, Brenton Grove aboard the car along with experienced Pro-driver Ben Barker who re-joins the squad for his fourth 12 Hour campaign with Grove Racing.

“I’m super excited to be doing another Bathurst 12 Hour with the Groves,” said Barker.

“It’s an amazing event that’s turning into an essential on the endurance racing calendar and I’m always pumped at this time of year purely because of Bathurst.

“Teaming up with Grove Racing again which’ll be my fourth time with them and I’m very keen to get going this weekend.

“We’ll have Brenton in the driving seat as well, so it’s going to be awesome working with him and Stephen.

“The ultimate goal for the weekend is to win our class and take home the chocolates come Sunday evening, and also to have a fun and enjoyable weekend which usually in-tales success.”

The car, which will carry Grove’s traditional #4, is not going to be hard to spot out on track with a striking new livery that will break cover in the flesh on Thursday at the event.

It features a stand out Australian green and yellow scheme, with the infamous boxing Kangaroo plastered across the sides.

“I’m really excited for the weekend,” said Stephen.

“The livery was something we had planned for a while. Originally we were going to use it in Sepang last year but the timing didn’t work out.

“We wanted to show our proud Australian heritage and have a bit of fun with the design”.

“For me I’m just excited to get back to Bathurst and have a good race.

“To do the event with Brenton is something that I’ve thought about for a long time and also to have Ben back will be awesome.

“We’re definitely hoping to give it a good shake up there”

Brenton will make his Bathurst 12 Hour debut this weekend, something that the 20-year old is ‘extremely excited’ about.

“I’m extremely excited to get back behind the wheel and do some valuable miles for the season,” said the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge graduate.

“I’ve been with the team every year that they have competed in the race, so I’ve got a decent understanding of what it takes to succeed.

“Ben’s a great driver and a good friend of the family so to drive with him will be great. We’ve spoken about this for a few years now so to finally get the opportunity is amazing.

“Also, to race alongside my father in the biggest race of our season will be really special

“For me, I’m approaching the weekend like any other. I’ll just make the most of my time in the car and try to work with the other guys to make sure the car is comfortable for everyone.

“It’s such a long weekend, so I will do my best to make sure we are in a good position come Sunday afternoon."

The Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour event begins with the opening practice session on Friday at 0825am local time.

Sunday’s race will be broadcast Live and Free on 7mate with coverage kicking off at 0530am local time.

Make sure you follow the Grove Racing social media channels to stay up to date with all the action throughout the weekend!

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