Grove duo treks back to the Mountain

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Making the trek back to Mount Panorama this week for the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 (October 10-13), Stephen and Brenton Grove will gear up for Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia and the Dunlop Super2 Series respectively.

Stephen returns to Carrera Cup Australia at Bathurst to continue his part-time campaign in the one-make series with Grove Motorsport.

It marks the Melburnian’s latest appearance following on from The Bend, having raced in Europe for much of the time as part of his full-season Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup campaign alongside Team Australia.

Bathurst will also be an opportunity for Stephen to prepare ahead of the final round of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Mexico later this month, while at the same time soaking up the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Brenton is looking to build on his strong season in the Dunlop Super2 Series with Triple Eight Race Engineering.

The 22-year-old has collected mixed results in Supercars’ second tier, but this weekend returns to the site of his maiden top 10 finish at Bathurst in 2018.

Since then he has also enjoyed a top-five weekend in Townsville with Triple Eight, including a second-place finish.

Brenton heads into Bathurst following a positive test day last week with the team.

However, the Mount Panorama round features a unique format with one 250km endurance race for Super2 rather than separate shorter-distance hit outs.

The four-day event format sees track action kick off on Thursday for both Carrera Cup and Super2.

Race 1 for Carrera Cup Australia takes place on Friday at 13:40 AEDT, followed by Race 2 on Saturday at 12:55 AEDT and Sunday’s Race 3 at 10:05 AEDT.

The Super2 Series will have its sole race on Saturday at 15:00 AEDT.

Every session will be broadcast Live on Fox Sports Channel 506 and Kayo Sports, while Network Ten will provide selected coverage of races on free-to-air.

STEPHEN GROVE QUOTEBOARD:

“I’m going to Bathurst with a clear mindset that I’m just going to have some fun. I’ve prepared the way I normally prepare and I’m going up there to do the best job I can, but I’m also going to have some fun and do some laps. I just want to make sure I’m set and really focussed on Mexico and Porsche Supercup and doing a good job there and hopefully getting a top three in Pro-Am to end out the season. Bathurst will be pure fun this weekend.”

BRENTON GROVE QUOTEBOARD:

“We’re approaching this weekend pretty aggressively because Bathurst is a good shot for us to put our best foot forward with the longer race. We normally come into our own mid-way through the races or toward the end with pace, but the goal this weekend with Triple Eight is to be consistent with each session and try to get the best qualifying position for the start of the race. From there we will push on through and try and take advantage of that consistency with the tyre life we usually have toward the end of the race. The goal is to make sure there’s nothing left in the end so we maximise everything and get the best result we can.”

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