Carrera Cup Bathurst Preview: Grove prepares to tackle the mountain

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

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Grove at the 2016 Bathurst event.

Grove at the 2016 Bathurst event.