Groves to return to FIA GT Nations Cup for Australia


Father and son duo Stephen and Brenton Grove will once again represent Australia when they compete in the FIA GT Nations Cup as part of the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games in Rome in November.

After flying the flag for Australia in last year’s competition at Bahrain, the Groves have been selected to do so again at the 2019 FIA GT Nations Cup as part of Team Australia’s FIA Motorsport Games contingent.

Taking place at Vallelunga Circuit in Italy, the duo will drive the new Porsche 911 GT3 R (2019) and go up against teams and drivers from around the world in a fierce GT competition on the Italian circuit.

Together the Groves have accomplished plenty with Porsche including recently becoming the first father-son pairing to compete in Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in 2019.

Both drivers are eager to return to the FIA GT Nations Cup for Australia and help fly the flag in the FIA Motorsport Games.

Stephen Grove said: “After doing the FIA GT Nations Cup last year we were pretty determined to come back the following year and push on from where we had really good momentum in 2018. 

“Driving with Brenton helps a lot because we both understand the way each other drives. 

“It really helps us with the car set-up, but it’s good because we can work together and we can understand what makes either of us a bit quicker and how we can tweak the car to get it right. 

“We’re driving the GT3-R which we really enjoyed in 2018, so we go back with a lot more knowledge on things like set-up, ABS, traction control and how best to configure the car.

“Vallelunga is a track neither of us has been to, but the bits I’ve seen looking at video, it’s a pretty technical track and there’s a fair bit in that track. 

“To be quick there you need to be fairly committed, so I’m looking forward to the challenge, but it’s quite a hard track."

Brenton Grove added: “It’s really exciting to be returning to the FIA GT Nations Cup for Australia.

“We put forth our case from CAMS and said we had some unfinished business from last year and there was a reason why we wanted to go back. 

“Fortunately, they accepted our application and we’re heading over to Italy to represent Australia.

“I think racing with my dad always helps with an event like this because we’ve done so much together, even when we’re not racing we’re always chatting to each other so we definitely know our strengths and weaknesses together. 

“So every event we do just grows that and I hope it’s something that we continue to grow going forward.

“It will be great to drive the new GT3-R, its something that we’ve spoken about for a while and racing the older one last year it will be really nice to compare the two cars and see how Porsche has improved and developed the new car, which has obviously had a tremendous amount of success this year. 

“Hopefully, that bodes well and the BOP is in a nice window for us.”

The FIA Motorsports Games is a brand-new concept for 2019, with medals awarded to the top three finishers of each category.

All races will be hosted at the Vallelunga Circuit near Rome, with the opening ceremony for the FIA Motorsport Games to be held on 31 October, and the racing set to get underway on 1 November.