Second generation driver Brenton Grove will join the Porsche Carrera Cup Australia grid for the Sandown Raceway and Gold Coast rounds of the championship, making a step up from GT3 Cup Challenge.
‘Grove Jr’ will race with the Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport squad in their 911 GT3 Cup car – making it Grove X2 on the entry list with seasoned veteran, Stephen Grove, or ‘Grove Sr’ also set to take to the track!
Brenton, who currently sits second in the GT3 Cup Challenge outright standings – will take the wheel of a race car for two weekends in a row, with the final round of GT3 Cup Challenge at Phillip Island set for the weekend before his Carrera Cup debut.
Grove Racing will then travel across to the other side of Melbourne for the following weekend, where Brenton and Stephen will join the Carrera Cup grid at their home track, Sandown.
“I look forward to my Carrera Cup debut at Sandown,” said Brenton. “I feel like this has been a long time coming as I’ve attended Carrera Cup events since Dad started racing in the series back in 2012.
“The opportunity to race with Porsche Centre Melbourne became available recently, and I jumped at the chance.
“Porsche Centre Melbourne has won more Carrera Cup titles than any other team and, having been around the Carrera Cup traps for a few seasons, I know how well the Porsche Centre Melbourne team operates so it’s a privilege to now become part of it.
“I haven’t actually raced against Dad before, which will make the Sandown event fairly interesting. We have competed together in the same car on a few occasions, including at the Bathurst Motor Festival and Island Magic events, so I think we’re both looking forward to the chance of being on the track at the same time.
“Though we haven’t yet discussed what will happen if we actually do come up against each other on track!”
Porsche Centre Melbourne’s general manager Piero Pellegrini is ecstatic to have Grove added to the dealership’s Carrera Cup team.
“We’re pleased to have Brenton join the Porsche Centre Melbourne Motorsport team,” said Pellegrini.
“Not only has he proven himself as a fantastic young driver, as demonstrated by his performance in this season’s GT3 Cup Challenge series, but his nature outside the car makes him a tremendous ambassador for Porsche Centre Melbourne.
“This move to Carrera Cup is an important step for Brenton in his motor racing career,” Pellegrini continued.
“GT3 Cup Challenge is the perfect preparation for a young driver entering Carrera Cup so, with this foundation, we look forward to supporting Brenton and providing him the guidance and resources required to best transition into what is one of Australia’s most competitive motor racing championships.”
Grove Racing will be making Carrera Cup Australia history at the Sandown event, with the addition of Brenton to the category marking the first time the series has featured a father and son racing on track in separate Porsche entries.
Grove will also use his two-event Carrera Cup appearance to display bonnet signage of White Ribbon Australia, a campaign to prevent men’s violence against women.
Round 6 of Porsche Carrera Cup Australia supports the Wilson Security Sandown 500 on September 15-17