A breakthrough weekend in Round 3 of the Dunlop Super2 Series at Townsville saw Brenton Grove claim a pair of top-five finishes highlighted by a second place on Sunday.
The 21-year-old starred across the Watpac Townsville 400 weekend, smashing his previous best qualifying performance and claiming career-best race results.
It also marked Grove’s first ever podium in Supercars’ second tier.
Townsville wasn’t without its drama, however, with unpredictable weather bringing the odd rain shower, including during the Super2 action at the Reid Park street circuit.
After qualifying 11th for Saturday’s Race 1, Grove was eager to make up spots and have a clean opening race.
Spectacularly avoiding a first lap incident, the #10 Holden VF Commodore rose to sixth by the chequered flag but was promoted to fifth following post-race penalties for another competitor.
The Saturday result held Grove in good stead to build on his strong performance and strong car on Sunday.
Nailing his lap in Qualifying for Race 2 on Sunday morning, the Victorian driver put himself fifth on the grid on a 1:14.541s, only 0.2s off pole.
Rain showers hit the track just before the start of Race 2 and with the field on slicks, it made for a tricky opening few laps.
Grove jumped to third with an electric start in the slippery conditions, holding his nerve through two Safety Car restarts.
On the second restart on Lap 13, the Triple Eight Race Engineering driver seized an opportunity to dive down the inside of Tim Blanchard at Turn 3 and grab second position.
Despite coming under pressure at one stage from Blanchard, Grove took the chequered flag second and was the first of the Triple Eight cars home in Race 2.
His fifth and fourth place finishes netted a fourth place in the round results.
The breakthrough results also see Grove rise to eighth in the Dunlop Super2 Series standings on 468 points, with fourth through to eighth in the standings only separated by 38 points.
Townsville puts the #10 crew in good stead for the next round at Queensland Raceway, Triple Eight’s home circuit.
Coupled with a Triple Eight team test day in the coming weeks at Queensland Raceway, Grove will be able to further build on his foundations.
Round 4 of the Super2 Series supports the Ipswich SuperSprint from July 26-28.
BRENTON GROVE QUOTEBOARD:
"It's nice to have a complete weekend. Normally we get some parts right and not others, but this weekend we were able to build strong all the way through, and to come home P2 in the second race was unbelievable. The conditions were really tricky in the last race because it started raining quite heavily on the run into Turn 1 and being towards the front we were all pioneers. Luckily we were able to find a dry line and actually gain some time back on the leaders. This weekend's given me a lot of confidence in myself, in the car and in the team. Queensland Raceway is a track I know really well, so I'm looking to take this forward and really push on again there.”