24H COTA experience awaits Carrera Cup class champion

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.