Reigning Class Champions Grove Racing are set for their attack on the 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour.
Class B winners in both 2014 and 2016, the Melbourne based Porsche outfit have unveiled another impressive line-up for the 12 Hour marathon which begins on February 3rd 2017.
Speaking of the 2017 driver line up, team owner Stephen Grove confessed, ‘This year it’s a really good mix. We went for guys that had experience in a Porsche and obviously, Ben and Alex are very experienced Porsche drivers, they have done a lot of endurance racing overseas. We really wanted to source some guys that had experience in the Porsche because it is a pretty unique car to drive without any of the aids, so it’s important that we got the right people and to get some guys that had that experience at a top level”
Yet despite a string of top results in previous years, team owner Grove remains measured in his approach to the 2017 race. “Obviously the first and most important thing is to finish the race” Grove said, “So my initial expectations are that we need to work hard for that. If we are then fortunate enough to put a good enough job forward, we’ll hopefully be in a good position to be on the podium.”
Porsche Supercup ace and previous Class B winner Ben Barker added a little more excitement about the race saying, “I really can't wait to be reunited with the mountain.
Last time I was there was with Grove Racing and we almost had another win so there is only one position in mind this year’.
Expressing his love for the track, Barker explained that Bathurst is up there on his list of favourite tracks adding “Bathurst is one of the most unique tracks in the world, providing intense gradient changes and the need for no mistakes, so when you complete a quick lap it is as satisfying as you can get.”
When asked about his selection of Swiss superstar Alex Imperatori, Grove was quick to mention the youngsters’ endurance credentials.
“Alex was somebody that also has alot of Porsche experience. I know he will be quick up there and he has good enduro experience too, so overall I’m happy with the line-up.”
Imperatori is relishing the chance to tackle the mountain confirming that he cant wait for his first Bathurst start. “The race track itself is what I'm most excited about. I just can't wait to get on track and experience this roller coaster. Bathurst is clearly one of the few real challenges still out there in a world of modern race tracks.”
The 2017 Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Endurance event will begin on Friday 3rd February with the race itself beginning at 5.45am on Sunday 5th February.
TV coverage of the event will be broadcast live and nationally within Australia on the 7 Mate network.
story: PLM - January 2017