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!