Brenton Grove will have a four-time Bathurst 1000 winner Steven Richards in his corner at Round 3 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Perth’s Barbagallo Raceway this weekend.
Off the back of a positive weekend in Tasmania last time out, Grove, is looking to continue his momentum after picking up his best result in Super2 at Symmons Plains Raceway.
With Richards acting as Grove’s mentor for the weekend, the rookie is hoping the legendary driver’s knowledge will give him a booster as he heads to Perth in support of the Perth SuperSprint.
This weekend will be Grove’s first visit to Barbagallo Raceway and the young gun is looking forward to hitting the track for opening practice behind the wheel of his Grove Hire/Dynamic Steel Frame, Metroll, White Ribbon Australia and ABCON Concrete Constructions-backed Holden VF Commodore.
“I’m excited to jump back into the car, it hasn’t been too long since the last race so it should hold me in good stead to pick up where I left off,” said Grove.
“I have Steven Richards working with me this weekend to help me with my driving so that is a real positive.
“He is an incredible driver and mentor, so it will be awesome to be able to tap into his knowledge base and hopefully make some really positive gains.
“Steven has obviously worked with guys like Mark Winterbottom and Craig Lowndes and in Supercars, so his knowledge will be invaluable.
“The car I’m driving this season is Craig’s car from last year and the one Steve shared with him in the Supercars enduros, so Steve will hopefully be able to help me with setup and car balance because he knows exactly what the car feels like himself.
“The circuit in Perth is pretty nimble and quite fast paced so it will be excited to hit the track on Friday and see how I go.”
The Melbourne-based driver has been concentrating on adapting to the car and learning its characteristics for the first two rounds of the season after stepping up into Super2 from Porsche Carrera Cup Australia.
As he begins to find his feet, Grove says he is aiming for improvements as he looks to make himself known towards the front half of the field.
“Tasmania was another steep learning curve for me, however, I feel like I managed to come away with some more knowledge that I will hopefully apply this weekend,” added Grove.
“My approach this year has been to learn as much as I can without any real expectations. I think it has definitely held me in good step because I just keep picking up knowledge along the way.
“The track is really abrasive here (in Perth) and it makes for a tricky few races with only a couple set of tyres.
“It’s definitely an area that I think I can make the most of and hopefully I can use it to my advantage.”
Opening practice kicks off on Friday at 10:10 (12:10 AEST) local time before Race 1 on Saturday13:30 (15:30 AEST) local time.