Grove duo ready to kick off new season in Adelaide

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A new season awaits Stephen and Brenton Grove in Porsche PAYCE Carrera Cup Australia and the Dunlop Super2 Series respectively beginning this weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500.

Stephen will tackle a part-time campaign in Carrera Cup Australia in 2019, with his domestic program including four of the biggest rounds of the year: Adelaide 500, Australian Grand Prix, Phillip Island and, Bathurst.

The Grove team unveiled an unchanged livery on the Gen II Porsche 911 GT3 Cup on Wednesday at the Adelaide Street Circuit which will be driven by Stephen throughout the year.

“It’s great to be back on the streets of Adelaide to commence another season within Carrera Cup Australia,” said Stephen Grove.

“It’s nice coming back with no real pressure as I’ll only be competing in a handful of events this season.

“I really enjoy racing here so I can’t wait to get stuck into it and see how the rest of the field stacks up this year.

“It’s going to be extremely hot all weekend so after completing the Bathurst 12 Hour a few weeks back I think we are in great shape to deal with that extra element.”

Meanwhile, for Brenton, 2019 marks the beginning of a new chapter for the 21-year old.

The younger Grove returns to Supercars’ second tier and will compete under the Triple Eight Racing banner alongside teammate Kurt Kostecki.

Brenton has had a busy off-season racing in New Zealand’s BNT V8s Championship, while also sharing a car with father Stephen and Ben Barker at the Bathurst 12 Hour in February earning Grove Racing’s fourth win in Class B.

He also cut laps at the wheel of his Holden VF Commodore with Triple Eight during a test day at Queensland Raceway prior to Round 1.

Heading into the new season, Brenton says he’s never been more prepared.

“I’m really excited to start a second season in Dunlop Super2,” commented Brenton Grove.

“It’s the first ever year I have driven the same car in the same series back-to-back, so it will be great to put forth the knowledge I have gathered over the off-season.

“It will be interesting to see where everyone settles in with some new faces coming in and some old faces leaving. Who knows what to expect? But I am ready to go regardless.”

Teams are gearing up for what will be a hot and busy weekend at the 3.2km, 14 turn venue with four days of on-track action and temperatures forecast above 30 degrees Celsius.

Carrera Cup Australia will have a pair of practice sessions on Thursday, followed by Qualifying and Race 1 on Friday, Race 2 on Saturday and Race 3 on Sunday.

Dunlop Super2 have adopted a three-race format for the weekend with a 19-lap encounter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Each of the races will be broadcast Live on Fox Sports Channel 506, while Carrera Cup's races will feature on Network Ten's series of channels.