Two class victories for Grove at Australian Grand Prix Carrera Cup round

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Stephen Grove has taken two class race victories en route to leaving the Australian Grand Prix round second in the Pro-Am Porsche Carrera Cup Australian standings.

Round 2 of the series took place at Melbourne’s Albert Park Circuit on the support card for the Formula One Australian Grand Prix, Grove’s home race.

The Grove Racing team fought back from a tough start to the weekend, making overnight repairs after sustaining damage in the opening race on Thursday.

A phenomenal effort saw Grove get back out on circuit for Friday’s Race 2 to finish fifth in class, before taking a race win in class on Saturday in front of the Formula One world stage.

On Sunday, Grove avoided a crash at Turn 1 in the final race to take a second class win, while also finishing eighth outright, bagging solid points towards his 2018 championship challenge.

“It’s been a great weekend, I’m really happy,” said Grove.

“I can’t thank the boys enough for each of their efforts on Thursday night to get the repairs done, they really did a fantastic job.

“We moved forward strongly after that, a fifth in Race 2 was a good comeback and I think we did well to consolidate the finishing position.

“Then in the next two races, we pushed hard and made it to the front in Race 4 and held our stance to the end of the race.

“To top it off with another win in Race 4 was a cool way to end the weekend.

“I felt good and really comfortable in the car, the setup we had worked well and the team tuned it up as the weekend went on and as a result I felt better and better.”

Grove is confident in his current championship position, with only 79 points separating himself and the class leader.

“I think we’re in a good place leaving AGP,” added Grove.

“Overall, it was a strong weekend and we sit second in the standings which is great.

“79 points is a lot, but everyone has their ups and downs and hopefully we can claw back the margin in the coming weeks.

“Phillip Island is a good track for me, it’s fast flowing and the open corners always make for some fun, so we’ll see how we go.”

Round 3 of Carrera Cup Australia takes place at the WD-40 Phillip Island 500 from April 20-22, while before that, Grove Racing’s Brenton Grove will take on Round 2 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Tasmania’s Symmons Plains Raceway (6-8 April).