GROVE Racing GT3 Cup Challenge SMP Report

After a fantastic weekend at Sydney Motorsport Park, Brenton Grove and Grove Racing have come away with a healthy points margin, sitting in second place in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship standings.

Grove set the pace early on topping both of Friday’s practice sessions with some outstanding ‘Jamie Whincup’ esque lap times.

Grove consistently improved throughout the second session banging out his quickest lap in the dying stages.

“It was nice to have the pace early in the weekend, it validated some of the work we did as a team before the round, improving our pace without a whole lot of track time. It wasn’t something I read into a lot due to varying tyre quality, however it really set the tone for a good weekend.”

Saturday’s 30-lap Jim Richards Endurance Trophy race saw Grove take the lead early on capitalizing from his great start. A safety car intervention caused the field to bunch up again obliterating the margin that Grove worked hard to build.

On the restart Grove pushed to maintain his lead but fell back to second when Jordan Love got by.

In the final laps Grove began to chase down first place but there just wasn’t enough time with Brenton finishing a mere 0.9 of a second behind.

“The race on Saturday was a massive learning curve for me. I made a few little mistake throughout the race that ultimately cost me a shot at the win. Although the result wasn’t what we were searching for, it was nice to draw some positives from the race and take them forward into Sunday.”

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Grove started Sunday’s race two with an early lead, repeating his race one effort of an impressive jump off the line from second on the grid.

However, a close nit battle with Love midway through the race resulted in a second place finish for Grove.

Brenton topped the weekend off with his third second place finish of the three days proving his great consistent form in race three. The Melbourne based driver performed an excellent recovery drive after a difficult start.

“The last race of the weekend was the worst start I’ve gotten in my life, which made it difficult for the rest of the race. The recovery drive was nice but it put me in a hard position trying to claw back the early gap I lost to the leader. Overall, the weekend was a very productive one, allowing me to take momentum forward for the last few rounds.”

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge now heads further north to Queensland Raceway for the penultimate round of the series (4th – 6th August), meanwhile Grove Racing’s next race is in Carrera Cup Australia as they trek over to Malaysia for the fifth round at Sepang International Circuit. (21st – 23rd July)

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