Stephen Grove will reach a Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia milestone, while Brenton Grove will be joined by Earl Bamber in the Dunlop Super2 Series in what is set to be a massive weekend for Grove Motorsport at the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
After seven years racing in Carrera Cup Australia, Stephen will this weekend take part in his 50th round of the popular one-make series, becoming only the sixth driver to do so in the category’s history.
Since debuting in Carrera Cup Australia partway through the 2012 season, the senior Grove has started 138 races and along the way, claimed 28 wins in the TAG Heuer Pro-Am class.
The reigning class champion is thrilled to reach his 50th round milestone at the iconic Mount Panorama circuit, a race track he has had plenty of success at before.
It will make the first time he has returned to the 6.213km layout since February when he won Class B at the Bathurst 12 Hour with son Brenton.
This weekend’s Carrera Cup format once again includes a longer distance Endurance Cup event, with Race 1 on Friday set to span 16 laps, while Race 2 and 3 are nine laps apiece.
Stephen heads to Bathurst with a slight points deficit to class leader Roger Lago, a margin the former is looking to claw back into his favour with two rounds, including Bathurst remaining.
“Fifty round starts is a source of pride for me,” said Stephen.
“Over all the years I have raced at some really cool places with some great competitors, so to get to round number 50 in a single championship is something quite special.
“Bathurst is a track that I have done a lot of racing at, so it’s somewhat fitting to chalk up the 50th round there. I’m really looking forward to getting back there.”
Also in action this weekend at Bathurst is the junior Grove and Stephen’s son, Brenton, in what is a doubleheader weekend for Grove Motorsport.
Mount Panorama hosts Round 6 of the 2018 Dunlop Super2 Series, with Brenton also returning to the venue for the first time since he shared the Class B honours with his Dad among others in February at the 12 Hour.
The Super2 Series will have a single 250km Bathurst mini-enduro race on Saturday of the event, placing the rising stars of Super2 on centre stage before the showpiece ‘Great Race’ on Sunday.
Grove Racing are the only team in a 22-car field to run a driver pairing, with Brenton partnered alongside globetrotting Porsche ace and Triple Eight Pirtek Enduro Cup co-driver Earl Bamber.
The 41-lapper Bathurst 250 has again been scheduled for Saturday afternoon, getting underway at 15:00 AEST, a race rookie driver Brenton is thoroughly looking forward to.
“Despite doing the 12 Hour earlier this year, I haven’t completed a massive amount of laps there [at Bathurst],” Brenton explained.
“I can’t wait to head to the mountain and be able to hog most of the driving, not having to share the car with three other drivers like we did in the 12 Hour,” he joked.
“A 41-lap race will give me the opportunity to sink my teeth in and keep progressing in my development. We have a decent amount of rack time so I can’t wait to hit the Mountain.”
Coverage of all the action from Bathurst will be on Live on Fox Sports Channel 506, a dedicated Bathurst channel for the weekend, while Network TEN will air selected races nationally.
Stay tuned as Grove Racing will have a special Bathurst announcement later in the week as well.