Grove Racing heads to Malaysia this weekend as Porsche Carrera Cup Australia embarks on its first international event at the world-class Sepang International Circuit for round five of the series.
With the circuit located just outside of Kuala Lumpur, Grove Racing has made the 6,300km journey during which Australia's Carrera Cup field will join their Asian counterparts on an action-packed weekend of racing.
It follows Carrera Cup Asia’s maiden visit to Australia last August when the two championships lined up at Sydney Motorsport Park.
“For me the preparation has been quite similar to any other round- studying a lot of video and data to ensure I have the highest understanding of the track requirements before I jump in the car,” said Stephen Grove.
“I have done a bit of work on the simulator to learn the track and understand the main characteristics of the circuit as I have never raced there before.”
Team manager, Brenton Grove talks about his responsibilities in preparation for such a colossal event.
“Believe it or not it has been quite similar to any other round except the cars leave earlier and take longer to come home.
“I have been quite fortunate that the team at Porsche Australia have done an amazing job organising most factors surrounding the event. It’s been quite seamless actually.” Grove concluded.
Melbourne based driver Stephen Grove has enjoyed a strong start to the 2017 campaign, with six wins in the TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge class.
“Overall the season has been quite a good one, I have been able to really try new things and learn more as a driver. I feel like we are taking good steps forward as a team and are working better than ever,” stated Grove.
Grove has also already twice ventured overseas, competing at the Fuji International Speedway in Japan, and the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.
However, the Sepang International Circuit poses a new challenge for Grove Racing, with extreme temperatures and unpredictable weather set to play their part as Grove takes on the 5.543km, 15-turn layout.
“The car is used to running in these climate as obviously Carrera Cup Asia does it every year, so the car should hold in there quite well,” Brenton said.
“It will be a process of making sure that we cool the car efficiently when it comes in after a session and we adjust our tyre pressures for the heat.”
Stephen: “It’s the same as any other round for me, I just want to continue learning and really maximise my results.
"Of course, it’s also important to ensure we enjoy the experience and make the most of racing here in Malaysia.”
To follow Grove Racing’s progress across the weekend, logon to Speedcafe.com for a free live stream of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia sessions, beginning with Saturday’s qualifying at 0835 AEST.
Live Stream session times (AEST)
Qualifying: 12:35pm (AEST), Saturday July 22, 2017
Race 1: 7:00pm (AEST), Saturday July 22, 2017
Race 2: 12:55pm (AEST), Sunday July 23, 2017
Invitational Race, Overall: 4:25pm (AEST), Sunday July 23, 2017
Invitational Race, Challenge/Pro-Am: 5:20pm (AEST), Sunday July 23, 2017