Groves bounce back after challenging Adelaide season opener

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After a mixed weekend at the Superloop Adelaide 500, both Stephen Grove and Brenton Grove bounced back in their respective final races.

Stephen had a difficult start in Porsche Payce Carrera Cup Australia, with conditions less than ideal for the first three-quarters of the weekend.

Temperatures on Friday and Saturday soared to the 40 degrees Celsius mark, with the cabin temperatures around 60 degrees. Cool suit issues didn’t make things easier for Stephen behind the wheel either.

A fifth-place result in Pro-Am was good enough for 14th outright in Race 1, followed by a fourth in class for Race 2.

The trend continued into Race 3, with Stephen moving into third in Pro-Am before contact at the last corner with another competitor saw him drop back.

A five-second time penalty was dished out to the instigator of the contact, with Stephen handed back his third place for the race.

Speaking after the race, the three-time Carrera Cup Australia series winner says he was satisfied with his weekend.

“I’m really happy with the weekend,” said Stephen.

“Sometimes you can win a race and you’ve got out in front and had good car speed, but you haven’t worked maybe as hard.

“That last race was good for me with all the battles and good for building your confidence because I had to work so hard for it being on old tyres while the people around me were on fresher rubber.

“If you go back and look at all the titles I’ve won, I think I’ve always left Adelaide about fifth or fourth, so leaving third is great.

“If you can get in the top three on your bogey track, a track that doesn’t normally suit the way you set the car up and the way you drive it makes for a good season.”

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In the Triple Eight Race Engineering camp, Brenton Grove had a strong season-opening weekend in the Dunlop Super2 Series, finishing up the best of the Triple Eight cars.

A top 10 result in both Races 1 and 2 laid the foundations for a strong finish to the weekend, however, both of the Triple Eight cars were disqualified from Race 2’s result for a parc fermé infringement.

This left Brenton on the back foot for the final race of the weekend having to start from the rear of the field, but a fantastic drive saw him fight back up to 13th.

As he leaves Adelaide, the 21-year old is hoping to build on the potential shown over the weekend.

“It was a real confidence-booster to be with Triple Eight and hopefully we've built a decent foundation to build upon for the rest of the year,” said Brenton.

“It was tricky starting from the back in Race 3, you open yourself up to a lot of risk trying to pass other cars, but we had a clean race making our way back towards the front and it capped off a positive weekend.

“Starting from the back is a lot harder because there are people that are a little bit desperate and doing all they can to not let you past, so it's definitely a lot riskier, but we navigated it and kept the car straight."

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