Grove Racing will run a reverse livery on both its Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia 991.2 Cup car and Dunlop Super2 Series Holden VF Commodore at this weekend’s Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.
Drivers Stephen and Brenton Grove will both be in action at the Mount Panorama Circuit in their respective categories in support of one of the biggest motorsport event in the country.
The striking new liveries are predominately red and white, a bespoke difference from the colours both cars have run so far this year.
It comes after the team adopted a retro inspired look on Brenton’s Super2 entry last time out at Sandown in a nod to Grove’s history in the sport.
Bathurst weekend is the first time since the Adelaide 500 earlier this year that the two Groves have raced at the same event, with the team taking the opportunity to change up their schemes and wrap both cars the same.
This weekend will mark Stephen’s 50th Porsche Carrera Cup Australia round, while son, Brenton will be joined by superstar driver Earl Bamber for the Dunlop Super2 Bathurst 250 mini endurance race.
Track action kicks off tomorrow, with a single 40-minute practice for Super2 at 0845 AEST, while Carrera Cup Australia have their practice session (50-minutes) at 1045 AEST before Qualifying at 1645 AEST.
All sessions will be broadcast Live on Fox Sports Channel 506.
Stephen Grove: “We wanted to just get some uniformity across it. So, after the Sandown weekend where we did the retro livery on Brenton's Super2 car, we needed to re-wrap it, so we took the opportunity to re-wrap both cars. It’s great to do this at Bathurst as well, it’s such a special place, I know everyone is chasing titles, but it’s also about maximising each session and doing the best we can in the races. You know, it’s also about enjoying the experience, and that’s something I’ve said to Brenton this weekend, he’s at the start of his career and the pressure will come later, but he’s got to make sure he enjoys it now. On my side, this weekend is my 50th Carrera Cup Australia round and 50 rounds is a lot in one championship so it’s fantastic and really good way to celebrate it at an iconic place such as Mount Panorama.”
Brenton Grove: “It’s the first time this year outside of the Adelaide 500 that we’re able to have both the cars together. After the retro round, we had to re-wrap the Super2 car anyway, so we thought we’d do something a bit different and do the white livery which we had designed and it looked quite good. As I said, we have both cars here so it was good to have them both wrapped the same. It’s good for us to have two different cars in two different categories with the same look and it just promotes the Grove brand consistently. I’m excited for the weekend, as always we don’t have too many expectations or plans, but driving with Earl will be fun and he’s a good mate so having him in the car will be good fun. The race on Saturday is long, its 41-laps which is nearly three times longer than what our races normally are, so if we can be consistent and be there in the end then, for sure, we’ll have a good chance.”
Earl Bamber: “I’m really stoked to be joining Brenton this weekend at Bathurst. I mean, first it’s really special to be driving for the Grove Group, it’s dating back to 2013 for me, it’s really great and we’ve had good success together in the Bathurst 12 Hour. Now it will be mega to join Brenton; I’ve helped him early in his career a little bit as much as I can and now it’s going to be cool to share a car with him. We’re going to shoot for the top in terms of results and see how far up the grid we can go!”