Twenty-year old Victorian young gun Brenton Grove has announced plans to step into the Dunlop Super 2 Series this year after cutting his teeth in a range of junior categories.
The recent Bathurst 12 Hour Class B winner will compete in the 2018 series with Grove Motorsport, racing in an ex-Triple Eight VF Commodore, previously raced by Craig Lowndes in last year’s 2017 Virgin Australia Supercar Championship.
Fresh off their third Bathurst 12 Hour Class B win, 2018 will see Grove Motorsport take on a different challenge altogether, competing in the series with a technical alliance from Eggleston Motorsport
The son of two time Porsche Carrera Challenge Champion Stephen Grove, Brenton has largely spent his junior career in a Porsche GT3 Cup Car, last year racing in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge securing a podium finish in every round and collecting three race wins along the way.
Grove, who will receive backing from Grove Hire, Dynamic Steel Frame and Metroll has announced his excitement to join the series after originally planning to race Carrera Cup in 2018.
“It’s such an amazing opportunity that I have for 2018,” said Grove.
“Originally, the plan was to do Carrera Cup however late last year we looked at Super2 and realised it was the smarter thing to do in the hope of forging a career in Supercars.
“I knew straight away that if there was an opportunity to do Super2 it was only going to have been with Grove Motorsport in an ex-Triple Eight Commodore.
“Triple Eight have shown their credentials over the last 10 years, so to be able to race in Craig’s car from last year is something I couldn’t pass up”.
Having only sampled a Supercar for a handful of laps late last year, Grove is relishing the opportunity to begin testing and understand the characteristics of a Supercar.
“It’s going to be very different to what I’ve raced in the past,” added Grove.
“The cars are obviously right hand drive where the Porsche is left so there’s just a few small things that I will need to adjust to.
“It’s a learning year for me so I won't be putting any pressure on myself to start with. I just want to advance each time I drive the car and if I can do that i’ll be quite happy.”
Once again, Grove will carry the White Ribbon logo on his car to raise awareness for their campaign to eradicate domestic violence within Australia.
The 2018 season kicks off with the opening round of the Dunlop Super2 Series at the Adelaide 500 from March 1-4.