Stephen Grove becomes three-time Carrera Cup champion


In an incredible weekend on the Gold Coast, Stephen Grove clinched his third TAG Heuer Pro-Am championship while Earl Bamber impressed for Grove Motorsport in an outstanding season finale.

The celebrations already began on Saturday following the opening race of the weekend for Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia, with the scheduled 32-lapper marking the end of the endurance segment of the series.

Grove was able to seal the Pro-Am Endurance Cup title with a solid finish in Race 1 assuring him the accolade.

In fact, such was Grove’s impressive form this season that he had enough points to also stitch up the championship in the first race, having only to take the chequered flag in the final two encounters to ensure him that title as well.

Grove’s achievement means he becomes the first Carrera Cup driver to win both of the major championships in a single season.

While falling short of the round podium, the proud Melburnian wrapped up the Gold Coast event unscathed and was ecstatic to conclude another title-winning season, his third Carrera Cup title following his 2014 and 2017 success.

“Listen, obviously 2014 was pretty special because that was my first one, but out of six years doing Carrera Cup this has been the most competitive Pro-Am series that I’ve been involved in,” said an elated Grove.

“I had to work really, really hard this year, so to go on and win the Endurance Cup and also the overall Pro-Am championship is something that is very special to me.

“The Endurance Cup is pretty important to me because you have six 45-minute races, so to win that you’ve got to be very consistent.

“So, to do that and also be consistent in the sprint races as well is something that I will look back on with fond memories.

“This weekend I just wanted to make sure I finished each of the races and didn’t do anything crazy or bend the car and finish the year strong - so that was the goal, just to get to the end and win the championship.

“It was great to have Earl (Bamber) onboard, I’ve done a races with him over the journey, we’ve had a lot of success together over the years so to have him here this weekend with the team was fantastic.”

Grove Motorsport’s second entry, the #911 Porsche driven by Earl Bamber also enjoyed a triumphant weekend on the streets of Surfers Paradise.

Bamber put on a show throughout the three hit outs, duking it out with some of the best drivers in the country at the head of the field with the crescendo arriving in the finale.

In the Endurance Cup race, the two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner sliced his way to third before hustling a second place finish in Race 2 on Saturday afternoon.

It all built up to what would be an remarkable battle in the final race, with Bamber going head-to-head with current champion Jaxon Evans, Nick McBride and David Wall for the lead in a tremendous exchange.

A late Safety Car cut Bamber’s chances of the win short with the race finishing under the yellow as the New Zealander crossed the line third.

While the Carrera Cup Australia season has wrapped up, Grove Motorsport will be back in action for the final round of the Dunlop Super2 Series with Brenton Grove at the Newcastle 500 from November 23-25.

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