Grove to follow in father’s Porsche footsteps

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By Speedcafe.com

Monday 13th February, 2017 - 3:41pm

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Stephen Grove with son Brenton (right)

Brenton Grove will move into the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge this season, following a path worn by his father Stephen.

Young Brenton made his debut in the Porsche series in 2014 in a one-off appearance at Phillip Island, claiming Class B honours.

After completing high school, Brenton then competed full-time in the Australian Formula 4 Championship last year.

His dad began his association with the Porsche Motorsport ‘pyramid’ when he drove in the GT3 Cup Challenge in 2011 before rising to the Carrera Cup the following year.

Grove senior is excited about his son’s pending tilt in a Class A Porsche in the Challenge series.

“Brenton has been around the Porsche paddock ever since I started in GT3 Cup Challenge in 2011, in which time he’s learnt much about the ins and outs of motorsport,” Grove senior said.

“So much so that he is largely responsible for the growth and day-to-day running of the motorsport component of our Grove Group business.

“It will be great to see Brenton now race with a roof over his head.

“He did a great job in his GT3 Cup Challenge debut a couple of years ago and has continued to improve both in Formula 4 and in various events in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Grove senior won the 2014 TAG Heuer Carrera Challenge title and became the first Challenge ranked driver to win a solo-driver Carrera Cup race at the Carrera Cup Asia & Australia Class B battle in Sydney.

Brenton is also excited about the season ahead, where he will campaign the same car his father raced in Carrera Cup throughout the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

“I’m excited to make the step up from Formula 4 to GT3 Cup Challenge.

“I’ve been around the Porsche paddock for some time so I’m familiar with the GT3 Cup Challenge series, but I’m looking forward to seeing it from a different prospective in 2017.

“Racing the 2011-spec 911 GT3 Cup is going to be a tremendous experience, but more so, I get to share it with Dad again, though now the roles are reversed.

“I’ll certainly lean on him for advice as he’s done this all before.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup Australia season kicks off in three weeks at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide from March 2-5 while the GT3 Cup Challenge assault starts at Sandown from April 7-9.