Grove poised for Porsche triple-header

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Melbourne racer Stephen Grove will spend the next three weekends behind the wheel of a race car as he gears up for a mammoth triple-header between Europe and Australia.

This weekend will see Grove rejoin French outfit Pro GT by Alméras aboard a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup at Germany’s famous Hockenheimring.

It will mark the experienced racer’s second appearance in the world-renowned one-make competition after debuting at Monaco in May.

Following Hockenheim, Grove heads to Hungary’s tight and technical Hungaroring circuit for his third hit out in the Supercup series, both events in support of Formula 1.

Sydney Motorsport Park completes the triple-header, where Grove will return to Porsche Wilson Security Carrera Cup Australia for Round 5 of the series off the back of a class round win last time out in Darwin.

With Carrera Cup Australia joining Porsche Carrera Cup Asia in Sydney, Grove will look to repeat his 2016 performance of outright race victory in the all-in joint Pro-Am race, which will be held after the two individual Carrera Cup Australia races.

The reigning Pro-Am class champion says he is looking forward to all three events and hopes to capitalise on the extra race mileage.

“The overseas stuff is quite a lot of fun for me,” Grove said.

“I’m able to take in the town, enjoy the culture whilst racing at some of the worlds best tracks.

“Not being in the championship is another bonus, it’s always fun to go out and have a crack with no real pressure to gain points or be consistent.

“This weekend will be quite special as the race is in Germany, it is obviously the home Grand Prix for Porsche.

“Joining back up with Alméras will once again be seamless - they run a great operation, highlighted by their win last time out at Silverstone.

“Budapest is a lot more technical, some elements are similar to Sydney so it will be nice to test myself on another type of track. Going back-to-back with the team should be a big help and a lot of fun.

“After both races it's straight back on to a plane to get home for Sydney.

“I like that track and have had some good results there in the past so it will be nice to link up with Grove Racing again and keep pushing hard for results back here.”

Track action for the Hockenheim weekend kicks off with Free Practice on Friday ahead of the all-important Qualifying session on Saturday.

Sunday’s race is set to be broadcasted Live in Australia on Eurosport Channel 511, with coverage getting underway at 19:45 AEST (Sunday 22nd July).