Grove goes back-to-back in Hungary

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Back-to-back rounds see Stephen Grove take the trip to the Hungaroring in Budapest, Hungary, for the sixth round of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (August 2-4).

Following on from last weekend’s event in Germany at the Hockenheimring, where Grove was classified third in Pro-Am, the pinnacle of Porsche one-make racing treks to Eastern Europe for the next round in Hungary.

Once again supporting Formula 1, the tight and technical Hungaroring layout features 14 turns over its 4.381km length.

It was one of three Porsche Supercup rounds that Grove competed in his part-time campaign last year, with his prior experience set to put the Melburnian on a strong footing.

Opportunities for overtaking are limited on the narrow circuit, and as with Monaco, it makes qualifying crucial.

The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is first on-track on Friday for the Free Practice session in the evening local time.

Qualifying takes place on Saturday at 21:23 AEST, which sets the grid for Sunday’s 14-lap race, with lights out at 20:38 AEST.

Fox Sports Channel 506 will broadcast the qualifying session and the race Live in Australia.

STEPHEN GROVE QUOTEBOARD:

“Hungary is a pretty hard circuit to pass on; it’s a bit like Monaco, but with a bit more run-off area. It’s a great circuit — I raced there last year and managed to get a podium there last year — it’s a tough track. Everything is in qualifying, that session is so important. If ever I’ve got to do a good qually to try and beat Philipp Sager and Roar Lindland, it’s got to be at Hungary. If you qualify really well and get a good start, from there you’ve got to race as hard as you can because you’ve only really got the front straight and first corner to pass and it’s really hard to get close to someone coming onto the front straight. I’m really looking forward to trying to get a bit further up on the podium, that would be the goal, but we’ll have to wait and see how the weekend pans out.

“One of the hardest things with back-to-back rounds is in the back of your mind all weekend on the first weekend is you’ve got to keep the car straight. Because if you do something significant enough and the car can’t be repaired you’ll miss the next round. So that’s something I was thinking a bit about in Germany. You’ve got to push at a 110% all the time at this level but you’ve also got to make sure that you keep the car right and ready for the next weekend. We’ll be able to get to Budapest and get straight in the car and go hard in practice.”

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